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April 14

April 14, 1984 – The Alice in Wonderland Attraction in Disneyland Reopens

“Don’t be late, your adventure awaits.”

On April 14, 1984, the Disneyland dark ride attraction reopened after being closed for renovations for almost two years. The attraction, originally opening on June 14, 1958, featured cut-out figures of the classic characters, which were beginning to show serious wear by the 1980s. It was decided that the ride was due for a major overhaul, and when it reopened in 1984, the cut-outs were replaced by three-dimensional figures, along with new, state-of-the-art (at the time) lighting and special effects. Kathryn Beaumont, the voice of Alice from the animated feature, was brought back to record new lines for the ride’s narration.

March 12

March 12, 1987 – Robert J. Fitzpatrick is Named President of Euro Disneyland

“In the years I have known him…I have found Bob to be a tireless worker for civic, educational and cultural causes and a person of outstanding managerial ability.” – Walt Disney Company CEO Michael Eisner

On March 12, 1987, the Walt Disney Company publicly announced that president of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Robert J. Fitzpatrick would be appointed as the president of Euro Disneyland. Fitzpatrick had served as president of CalArts since 1975, and directed the Olympic Arts Festival in Los Angeles. He was chosen through his connections with Disney through CalArts, and for his knowledge of French culture, along with a wide background of interest in art and entertainment. Fitzpatrick would serve as the head of Euro Disney through its development, and left his position in 1993, the year after the park opened.

January 15

January 15, 1986 – The Living Seas Pavilion Opens in Epcot


“Snorkel with over 6,000 sea creatures, including sea turtles, angelfish, eagle rays and sharks in our massive aquarium.”

On January 15, 1986, the newest pavilion in Epcot’s Future World, The Living Seas, opened in Epcot. The area focused on the ocean and its mysteries, with guests able to watch a film about the importance of the ocean, view exhibits, and even take a chance to dive into the largest salt water take in the world. In 2006, more Finding Nemo elements were added to the area, including the attraction The Seas with Nemo & Friends. A special dining experience can also be found this pavilion at the Coral Reef Restaurant, where guests can dine right next to the salt water tank and spy a turtle as they eat.

December 11

December 11, 1982 – The CBS Special Winnie the Pooh and Friends Premieres


“…join the wonderful, whimsical world of Winnie the Pooh for a magical hour of fun with all his friends!”

On December 11, 1982, the special Winnie the Pooh and Friends premiered on CBS in the Walt Disney programming block, a part of the Walt Disney Anthology series. This episode featured a short feature from Winnie the Pooh, along with a couple of other short films featuring Donald Duck and Chip ‘n’ Dale. The special ran for one hour.

December 5

December 5, 1986 – America Officially Celebrates Walt Disney Recognition Day


“I call upon all Americans to recognize this very special day in the spirit in which Walt Disney entertained young and older Americans.”

On December 5, 1986, the United States of America officially celebrated Walt Disney Recognition Day. The celebration, passed by the Senate on August 23, 1986, and celebrated on the birthday of Walt Disney, was honored via a proclamation by then-President Ronald Reagan on what would have been Disney’s 85th birthday. In a special statement, Reagan recognized Disney’s contributions to the field of entertainment, his virtues and imagination, and the sense of wonder he gave to people the world over.

November 23

November 23, 1989 – The Sweets Shop Delizie Italiane Opens in Epcot


On November 23, 1989, the specialty sweets shop Delizie Italiane opened in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion within the World Showcase. It features Italian favorites, such as world-famous Perugina chocolate bars and Baci chocolates with hazelnuts wrapped in love notes, along with other Italian chocolates and candies. The store is sponsored by Perugina, and took the place of Arcata d’Antigiani.

November 20

November 20, 1989 – Minnie Mouse $10 is Added to Disney Dollars


“Disney Dollars may be spent or collected and saved as souvenirs and are redeemable at any time before or after any period of inactivity.”

On November 20, 1989, a new $10 bill featuring Minnie Mouse was added to the Disney Dollar currency that was used within the Disney Parks. Though Disney Dollars had been circulated since May of 1987, it had only featured the $1 and $5. A $50 bill would be added in 2005 for the 50th anniversary celebrations of Disneyland; all the dollars were discontinued on May 14, 2016.