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April 24

April 24, 1989 – The Serial Teen Angel Premieres on the Mickey Mouse Club

On April 24, 1989, the serial Teen Angel premiered on the 1989 reboot of the Mickey Mouse Club. Similar to the serials of the original program (such as Annette and Spin and Marty), this was a limited serial that aired only twelve episodes. It told the story of Buzz Gunderson, who had been killed in a car crash in 1959 and brought back as a guardian angel. Buzz is tasked to help hapless Dennis Mullen through various tasks that, when completed, will allow him to get into heaven. The series starred Jason Priestly as Buzz, Adam Biesk as Dennis Mullen, and Renee O’Connor as Nancy Nichols. The series was popular enough to warrant a sequel serial called Teen Angel Returns.

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April 19

April 19, 1983 – The Series Disney Studio Showcase Premieres on Disney Channel

On April 19, 1983, the television series Disney Studio Showcase premiered on Disney Channel as one of the first programs of the new channel. The series took viewers behind the scenes at the Walt Disney Studios, including a variety of upcoming Disney projects and ideas, such as the Tim Burton-directed short film Hansel and Gretel. The series ended its run on April 25, 1985.

April 18

April 18, 1983 – The Disney Channel Show Mousercise Premieres

“Come on everybody and Mousercize, Mickey’s Mousercize!”

On April 18, 1983, the aerobics show Mousercise premiered on Disney Channel. The show was modeled after the popular exercise programs of the time and was based on an exercise album released by Disneyland Records in 1982. It featured Kellyn Plasschaert as the main instructor, and Steve Stark as a facilitator on a discussion on health and safety. The show ran for 60 episodes.

April 15

April 15, 1983 – The Restaurant Royal Street Veranda Opens in Tokyo Disneyland

ジャズが流れる街角のドリンクバー”

On April 15, 1983, the quick service restaurant Royal Street Veranda opened in Tokyo Disneyland’s Adventureland area. Sponsored by Kirin, this juice bar provides Kirin lemon soda, apple tea soda, and mix orange soda. The stop also features specialty candy and decorated cases.

April 13

April 13, 1984 – The Alice in Wonderland Attraction Finishes Remodeling

“You’re late for a very important date!”

On April 13, 1984, the Fantasyland attraction Alice in Wonderland finished its extensive remodeling, and reopened the following day. Open since June 14, 1958, the ride was closed on September 6, 1982, to be redesigned as part of the new Fantasyland expansion. This expansion included new sculpted figures, updated animation, and state-of-the-art special effects. Original Alice actress Kathryn Beaumont came back to reprise her role and record new lines for the update.

April 10

April 10, 1988 – The Attraction America Sings Closes in Disneyland

“Yes folks, that was America’s first popular song! And that’s what this show is all about: America’s music.”

On April 10, 1988, the Tomorrowland attraction America Sings officially closed in Disneyland. Open since June 29, 1974 and taking the place of the GE Carousel of Progress, the attraction featured over 100 anthropomorphized animals taking guests on a history of popular music in America. The show was narrated by Sam the Eagle, whose narration is often interrupted by a weasel. After the attraction closed, many of the characters were added to the Splash Mountain attraction.

March 15

March 15, 1987 – Pickett Suite Resort Opens in Walt Disney World

“Start the day with the bountiful breakfast buffet, then catch a complimentary shuttle to the Disney park of your choice!”

On March 15, 1987, the Pickett Suite Resort opened in Walt Disney World’s Lake Buena Vista area. Although not owned by Disney, it was one of several affordable options open in the area, such as the Doubletree Guest Suite Resort and the Courtyard by Marriott. The name was eventually changed from Pickett Suite to the Guest Quarters Suite Resort. The hotel has since been rebranded as the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando, having been bought by Hilton Hotels, and is still in operation near Disney Springs.