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June 18

June 18, 1988 – The Live Show Minnie’s Surprise Birthday Party Begins

“Mickey Mouse! You are our hero! Mickey Mouse! You’re everyone’s friend!”

On June 18, 1988, the live stage show Minnie’s Surprise Birthday Party began in Mickey’s Birthdayland in Walt Disney World. Part of the birthday celebrations to honor Mickey’s 60th birthday, the show featured Minnie Mouse welcoming guests into a special area to surprise Mickey with a party. On hand to celebrate are Donald, Goofy, Pluto, Chip, Dale, and Minnie’s next door neighbor Christy. Everyone sets to work to prepare for the party, with Goofy taking the task of baking the cake, with help from Pluto. Through a series of misadventures, everyone has a turn of baking the cake, adding stranger and stranger ingredients, with Pluto continually adding a dog bone. Finally, Mickey arrives, and is surprised by all of his friends, including the guests in the audience. The show ran until April 22, 1990, and was succeeded by Mickey’s Magical TV World on April 26, 1990.

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June 11

June 11, 1983 – Refreshment Outpost Opens in Epcot

“Need to chill?”

On June 11, 1983, the Refreshment Outpost opened in Epcot’s World Showcase section. Created as part of a planned Africa pavilion, the area serves as a snack bar, featuring soft-serve ice cream, alcoholic beverages, and a hot dog entrée.

May 6

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May 6, 1988 – The Kringla Bakeri og Kafe Opens in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion

“Then ready yourself for conquest with Viking coffee!”

On May 6, 1988, the Kringla Bakeri og Kafe opened in Epcot’s World Showcase’s newest pavilion Norway. The café serves traditional Norwegian snacks, including a kjøttkake entrée (Norwegian meatballs), a sweet pretzel with chocolate, and a park favorite known as School Bread, which is a sweet cardamom bun filled with a vanilla custard and covered with toasted coconut. The café also serves coffee, Scandanavian beer, and wine.

April 25

April 25, 1988 – Michael Eisner and Mickey Mouse Appear on the Cover of Time Magazine

“Why is this mouse smiling?”

On April 25, 1988, the cover of Time magazine featured Mickey Mouse and then-CEO Michael Eisner, along with the cover story about how Eisner had taken the company and turned it into a $3 billion dollar empire.  Eisner, who had been CEO since 1984, grew Disney holdings significantly, including expansions of Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

April 18

April 18, 1983 – Good Morning, Mickey Premieres on The Disney Channel

“Good morning, and good morning, Mickey, we’re gonna get up and on our way.”

On April 18, 1983, the original program Good Morning, Mickey premiered on The Disney Channel. The show was a compilation of the classic short films that accompanied films in the golden age of animation. The show mostly featured Mickey, but appearances were made by the other classic Disney characters, including Goofy, Donald, Pluto, and Chip ‘n’ Dale. After 80 episodes, the show was replaced by the show Mickey Mouse Tracks in 1992.

April 15

April 15, 1983 – The Restaurant Troubadour Tavern Opens in Tokyo Disneyland

冷たいソフトクリームでリフレッシュ!”

On April 15, 1983, the quick-service restaurant Troubadour Tavern opened in Tokyo Disneyland’s Fantasyland area. The shop sells soft serve ice cream, in either sundae form or soft serve cones, and a variety of soft drinks.

April 3

April 3, 1983 – The Shopping Gallery Yong Feng Shangdian Opens in Epcot

On April 3, 1983, the shopping gallery Yong Feng Shangdian opened in the China Pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase. Similar to the department store Mitsukoshi in the Japan Pavilion, Yong Feng Shangdian offered many items from China, including scented oils, decorations, and specialty clothes. It was replaced in 2011 by the House of Good Fortune.