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October 1

October 1, 1982 – The Specialty Snack Shop Süssigkeiten Opens in Epcot’s Germany’s Pavilion

On October 1, 1982, the German snack shop Süssigkeiten opened in the Germany Pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase. Süssigkeiten, which means “sweets” in German, featured a variety of German treats, ranging from Haribo gummies to Lorenz Pomsticks. The store was renamed to the Stein Haus, and features the same snacks alongside a variety of beer steins and other German-related merchandise.

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September 28

September 28, 1982 – Annual Passports are Offered at Walt Disney World

“Enjoy a year of magic as a Walt Disney World Passholder and get discounts on dining, merchandise, recreation and tours.”

On September 28, 1982, the first annual passports are offered in Walt Disney World. Annual passports allow guests unlimited admission to the parks for a year, along with a variety of other perks, including a percentage off merchandising, select dining, and special PhotoPass downloads. They were then introduced to Disneyland in June 1983, followed by Hong Kong Disneyland on September 29, 2006. A special offering known as the Premier Passport was offered on March 11, 2010, which gave guests access to all Walt Disney World and Disneyland theme parks.

September 11

September 11, 1988 – The Final Disney Sunday Movie Premieres

“Good evening, and welcome to classic night on the Disney Sunday Movie.”

On September 11, 1988, the Disney Sunday Movie had its last broadcast on ABC. Running since February 2, 1986, this was the 6th incarnation of the Walt Disney anthology series (which began in 1954 as Walt Disney’s Disneyland). Ratings were never strong with this series, as it competed against 60 Minutes and Murder, She Wrote; the program was reduced from two-hours to one to keep it in competition. However, after the cancellation at ABC, NBC picked up the next incarnation: The Magical World of Disney, which would run from 1988 to 1990.

September 10

September 10, 1983 – The Flights of Fantasy Parade Ends its Run

“Your imagination will run wild, right before your eyes.”

On September 10, 1983, the Flights of Fantasy Parade ended its run in Disneyland. Beginning on June 18, the parade featured floats and characters from rarely seen films, such as Babes in Toyland, Fantasia, and Pinocchio. The parade also featured Mickey and his friends “floating” into the parade in hot air balloons. This parade was also distinctive for being both a daytime and nighttime parade taking place at both 4pm and 10pm.

September 5

September 5, 1988 – Live with Regis and Kathie Lee Begins Airing

On September 5, 1988, the daytime television talk show Live with Regis and Kathie Lee began airing in syndication. Featuring hosts Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford, the pair created an almost “husband and wife” chat show where the hosts bantered about the important topics of the day. This version of the show ended on July 31, 2000, after Gifford left the show; it was rebranded as Live with Regis and Kelly on February 12, 2001, when Kelly Ripa joined the show. When Philbin left the show in 2011, the show became Live! With Kelly.

August 10

August 10, 1989 – The Educational Film Trains is Released

“Gawrsh, I was hoping to meet some of the people who work on this here railroad.”

On August 10, 1989, the second of three educational films in the Goofy’s Field Trips series, titled Trains, was released. It features Bill Farmer as the voice of Goofy.

The short begins at the Rio Grande Train Station, where two kids, Cindy and Peter, are bombarding Peter’s father with questions. Peter’s father asks the kids to wait while he buys the tickets, and as they go to sit down, they spy Goofy in the station, singing to himself. He greets them, and the three magically disappear from the station and reappear near an Amtrak train. They are greeted by the engineer, who explains his job and some logistics of the train and tracks. He then has them meet Sherry, the Chief of Onboard Services, who explains her job before she takes them aboard the train. She introduces several types of rooms, including the dining car. As Peter looks through a book, Sherry explains the different types of trains he spies in his book. She takes them to meet the conductor, who quickly explains his role before the train takes off. The kids and Goofy then are whisked away to the freight yard, where they see a variety of freight trains and meet the yard master. He points out the different kinds of freight trains, which carry different kinds of supplies. He also describes the differences of the trains of old, and the new computerized systems of the time. Afterwards, they head to the dispatch center to learn about the process of dispatching the trains, with the computers helping make sure the trains are doing what they want them to do. The kids then reappear in the main terminal, and head out to their train with Peter’s father. As they pull out of the station, they spy Goofy waving goodbye from the platform.

August 9

August 9, 1989 – The Tower of Life Debuts in Epcot

On August 9, 1989, the Tower of Life, the landmark of the newest Wonders of Life Pavilion, was put into place in Epcot. Constructed to resemble a strand of DNA, the tower was representative of the area’s focus on health and wellness. It stood at 76-feet tall, and was made of colored steel and carbon. The tower stood until 2007, when it was quickly and quietly taken down as the Wonders of Life Pavilion was closed.