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October 16

October 16, 1998 – Twenty-One New Inductees Are Named Disney Legends

“That’s a whole lot of legends!”

On October 16, 1998, twenty-one new Disney Legends were honored in a special ceremony at the new Disney Legends Plaza at the Walt Disney Studios. The plaza was also dedicated on this day, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Walt Disney Company. The honorees were an eclectic mix of those individuals who had a lasting impact on the history and success of the Walt Disney Company, and ranged from actors to executives. Among those honored were Disney Company managing director for England and Europe, Cyril James; company treasurer, Don Escen; former chairman of the Oriental Land Company, Masatomo Takahashi; film editor, Lloyd Richardson; first Alice actress, Virginia Davis; animator Bill Tytla; animator and director Wilfred Jackson; actress Kathryn Beaumont; animator and director Ben Sharpsteen; director, writer, producer, and narrator Jim Algar; merchandising executive Kay Kamen; former president of Walt Disney Enterprises of Japan, Matsuo Yokoyama; documentary film makers Al and Elma Milotte; actress Gynis Johns; actress Hayley Mills; actor Kurt Russell; documentary film maker Paul Kenworthy; director and producer Larry Lansburgh; composer Buddy Baker; film editor Norman “Stormy” Palmer; and actor Dick Van Dyke. Of those honored, James, Tytla, Jackson, Sharpsteen, Algar, Kamen, and the Milottes were honored posthumously.

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October 13

October 13, 1993 – The Nightmare Before Christmas has Initial Release in New York City

“In this town, we call home, everyone hail to the pumpkin song.”

On October 13, 1993, the Touchstone animated feature The Nightmare Before Christmas premiered in New York City. Based on the poem and associated sketches by filmmaker Tim Burton, the stop-motion animated film was brought to life by director Henry Sellick and composer Danny Elfman. The film would go on to be released nationwide on October 22, 1993. Considered a sleeper hit of 1993 (and becoming the 27th highest-grossing movie of the year), the film went on to be a cult classic, and being released multiple times to theaters, including a special 3D edition in limited release during the fall season.

October 2

October 2, 1999 – FastPass is Offered in Disneyland Paris

“Squeeze as much of the magic as possible into your stay by reducing the waiting time with a FASTPASS.”

On October 2, 1999, the first Disneyland Paris FastPass was offered, for the attraction Indiana Jones et le Temple de Péril. This addition to the park was created to help guests streamline their experience; guests would pick up a pass for a popular attraction, which would give them a set time to come back and bypass the lengthier queues. It was originally tested and offered in Disney’s Animal Kingdom in July of the same year, and was later offered in Disneyland for the it’s a small world attraction on November 19.

September 30

September 30, 1999 – The Tangierine Café Opens in Epcot’s World Showcase

“Step into this charming Mediterranean eatery known for its authentic shawarma platters, tempting pastries and specialty coffee drinks.”

On September 30, 1999, the eatery Tangierine Café Opened in the Morocco Pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase. This quick service café provides simple Moroccan dishes, including a shawarma lamb platter, lentil salad, and marinated olives. The café also provides a special kids menu, which includes a hamburger and chicken nuggets.

September 24

September 24, 1991 – The Stage Show Hollywood’s Pretty Woman Begins in Disney-MGM Studios

On September 24, 1991, the Muppet stage show Hollywood’s Pretty Woman premiered in Disney-MGM Studios. It was the first show in the Disney Parks to feature the Muppet characters, and also featured the character of Roger Rabbit from the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. In the show, the characters are trying to impress Roger Rabbit, who serves as a producer for Maroon Studios; the characters perform tributes to classic stars such as Judy Garland and Ginger Rogers. The show ended on November 3, 1991.

September 17

September 17, 1991 – In the Meantime, In Between Time is Released by The Party

“In my dream it’s still the same, your love is strong, it still remains.”

On September 17, 1991, the second album by the pop group The Party, titled In the Meantime, In Between Time, was released through a joint production between Hollywood Records and Elektra Records. The group was formed by Disney, featuring five members of the 1989 revival of the Mickey Mouse Club (also known as the MMC): Albert Fields, Tiffini Hale, Chase Hampton, Deedee Magno Hall, and Damon Pampolina. The album fared better than its self-titled predecessor, peaking at number 77 on the Billboard chart. Two singles were released to promote the album: “In My Dreams,” and “Private Affair;” the former was a cover by the heavy metal band Dokken, and peaked at #34 on the Billboard Hot 100.

September 15

September 15, 1996 – Ellen’s Energy Adventure Attraction Opens in Epcot

“What is, ‘who is it?’”

On September 15, 1996, the attraction Ellen’s Energy Adventure opened in Epcot’s Universe of Energy. Originally replacing the Universe of Energy attraction, this updated attraction featured Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” Jamie Lee Curtis, Alex Trebek, and Johnny Gilbert, teaching guests about how energy is produced, the current sources of energy, and the search for new, renewable sources of energy. Guests sit in a special seating area and watch a series of films, as well as an audio-animatronic diorama featuring a primeval world; the seating sections split apart at this point to move through the diorama before reassembling for the final two films. The attraction was closed on August 13, 2017, to make way for a new Guardians of the Galaxy themed attraction.