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April 27

April 27, 1999 – The ASCAP Honors Songwriters for Animated Feature Mulan

On April 27, 1999, the 14th annual American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Film and Television Music Awards were held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Songwriters Matthew Wilder and David Zippel were among those honored at the ceremony for their work on the animated feature film Mulan in the Top Box Office Films category; their song “Reflection” would go on to be nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

April 23

April 23, 1993 – Walker Ranch Officially Becomes Disney Wilderness Preserve

“Without [Carol Browner’s] vision, we would continue to have the kind of thoughtless development that has been consuming Florida.” – Dick Weinstein, The Nature Conservancy.

On April 23, 1993, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held a special ceremony as the famed Walker Ranch became the new Disney Wilderness Preserve. Spearheaded by Carol Browner, who was then the secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation, Disney bought the property to compensation for the 12 miles of wetlands the company is to tear down for the purposes of expanding Walt Disney World; the plan had Disney hand the reins of the former ranch to the Nature Conservancy to turn it into a preservation site, with Disney handling all costs associated. Though the ranch had several instances of foresting and dredging on the property, it was still considered a key piece of the 45,000 acres that make the headway of the Kissimmee River, and was also home to two endangered species: the bald eagle and the wood stork.

April 22

April 22, 1998 – The Merchandise Stop Ziwani Traders Opens in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“There’s no telling the treasures you might discover.”

On April 22, 1998, the shop Ziwani Traders opened in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This specialty merchandise store offers items off the beaten track than regular Disney merchandise stores, as it gives guests a chance to see and purchase authentic African imports, as well as animal toys and other interesting items. The shop shares its space with the Mombasa Marketplace, and are both located near the Kilimanjaro Safaris.

April 15

April 15, 1996 – The Attraction Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin Opens in Tokyo Disneyland

トゥーンタウンの裏通りや路地をキャブに乗ってドライブ。でも気をつけて!”

On April 15, 1996, the dark ride attraction Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin opened in Tokyo Disneyland’s Toontown area. Based on the hit film Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and derived from the original Disneyland attraction that opened in 1994, the attraction takes guests through the back alleys of Toontown via Lenny the Cab. Seated two to a car, guests can turn the cab to face all sorts of directions, even riding the attraction backwards if they so wish.

April 12

April 12, 1992 – The Merchandise Store Sir Mickey’s Boutique Opens in Disneyland Paris

“Cross the stone floor to claim your prized Disney toy, accessory or plush.”

On April 12, 1992, the merchandise store Sir Mickey’s Boutique opened in Disneyland Paris’ Fantasyland. The store, decorated in the style of classic Disney short films Mickey and the Beanstalk and Brave Little Tailor, mainly sells toys and plush dolls, along with a limited variety of related accessories. A similar store opened in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park in 1996, replacing the Mickey’s Christmas Carol and The AristoCats shops.

April 6

April 6, 1990 – The Blue Ribbon Bakery Opens in Disneyland

“Delicious coffee and world famous fresh baked goods.”

On April 6, 1990, the Blue Ribbon Bakery quick service shop opened in Disneyland on Main Street. The shop took the place of the long-running Sunkist Citrus House, which had opened on July 31, 1960, and closed on January 3, 1989. The bakery served several kinds of pastries with coffee for breakfast, and a variety of sandwiches for lunch, along with several Disneyland-famous desserts for any time of day. The bakery was moved to where the former Carnation Ice Cream Parlor was located in 1997, and eventually was closed on January 5, 2012.

March 30

March 30, 1992 – Beauty and the Beast Wins Two Academy Awards

“Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme, Beauty and the Beast.”

On March 30, 1992, the 64th Academy Awards were held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. Nominated for six Academy Awards, including a history-making first time nomination for an animated feature film, Beauty and the Beast managed to score two awards in the music categories: Best Original Score, and Best Original Song. Three songs from the film were nominated for Best Original Song: “Belle,” “Be Our Guest,” and the winner, “Beauty and the Beast.” The film won against “When You’re Alone” from Hook and “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. The score was the winner against scores from Bugsy, The Fisher King, The Prince of Tides, and JFK.