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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


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.

March 28

March 28, 1987 – The Merchandise Stop Port of Entry Opens in Epcot

“Before or after your trip around World Showcase, stop by for Disney-themed apparel, jewelry and other souvenirs.”

On March 28, 1987, the merchandise store Port of Entry opened in Walt Disney World’s Epcot park. Located at the opening of the World Showcase, the shop provides merchandise from all the countries represented in the area, along with specialty merchandise from other countries, and limited edition items from Epcot’s special events, such as the Food and Wine Festival.

March 9

March 9, 1984 – Roy E. Disney Resigns from The Walt Disney Company Board

“The thing that distinguishes us from everybody else, and always has and always will, is our past…we shouldn’t be intimidated by them; they’re an arrow pointing someplace.”

On March 9, 1984, Roy E. Disney, son of Roy O. Disney and nephew of Walt Disney, resigned from his position on the board of The Walt Disney Company. Tensions had reached a boiling point by 1984, as Disney was not thrilled with the direction the company was going under the leadership of Walt’s son-in-law, Ron Miller. Soon after Disney resigned, he started buying up several shares of the company, raising his stake to 5.2 percent. His actions, however, led to several takeover actions against the company, and forced Miller to resign. Later that year, after gaining backing of the largest group of shareholders to hire Michael Eisner as the CEO and Frank Wells as the president, Disney working with the company as its vice chairman and headed up the animation department.

March 3

March 3, 1983 – The Buena Vista Palace Opens in Walt Disney World

“Discover what’s new at Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace.”

On March 3, 1983, the Buena Vista Palace hotel opened in Walt Disney World’s Lake Buena Vista. An official Walt Disney World Hotel, it is currently operated by the Hilton chain of resorts. On November 1, 1998, the resort became the Wyndham Palace Resort and Spa, but reverted back to its original name in mid-2005. Currently, the resort is walking distance from the Disney Springs shopping area, allowing guests to spend a night out dining and shopping, or to quickly catch a bus to any of the four Walt Disney World parks.

March 1

March 1, 1986 – Safari Outpost Opens in Disneyland

On March 1, 1986, the merchandise stop Safari Outpost opened in Disneyland’s Adventureland area. The store sold merchandise that reflected the theme of the area; when the Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye attraction opened in the area, the shop was changed to the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost, starting in 1995. The shop has completely closed as of 2017.