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March 17

March 17, 1991 – The World News Center Opens in Epcot

On March 17, 1991, the World News Center opened in the Communicore East area of Walt Disney World’s Epcot park. The area, originally part of a preshow for the Electronic Forum (a special polling area where guests could voice their opinion on current affairs), it was a place where guests could watch the top news stories on a multitude of television monitors. The area was spun off from the Electronic Forum when it closed on March 16, 1991.


March 15

March 15, 1991 – The Rescue Rangers Raceway Opens in Disneyland

On March 15, 1991, the Rescue Rangers Raceway opened in Disneyland. As part of a promotion for the Disney Afternoon programming block, the attraction Fantasyland Autopia was redesigned to feature the characters from the hit show Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers in the form of cutouts and, sometimes, characters to meet-and-greet near the show if crowds were low. The attraction returned to its original Autopia form on November 10, 1991.

February 25

February 25, 1991 – The Frontierland Shop Bearly Country Closes

On February 25, 1991, the store Bearly Country, located in Walt Disney World’s Frontierland in Magic Kingdom Park, closed. Open since June 6, 1985, the shop specialized in merchandise that featured the Country Bears from the Country Bear Jamboree. After closing in 1991, the store then became the Prairie Outpost Supply, and changed its wares to a more generic Southwestern theme.

February 16

February 16, 1991 – The Live Action Show Dick Tracy Starring in Diamond Double-Cross Closes

“Tess, you’re one in a million!”

On February 16, 1991, the live action show Dick Tracy Starring in Diamond Double-Cross held its final performance in Walt Disney World’s Disney-MGM Studios. Opening on May 21, 1990, the show was created to help promote the Touchstone Pictures live action feature film Dick Tracy, which was released on June 15, 1990. The show’s plot featured Breathless Mahoney wishing to acquire the Balonian Diamond. When the diamond is stolen by Big Boy Caprice’s henchmen, Dick Tracy is on the case after being interrupted when trying to propose to Tess Trueheart.

February 5

February 5, 1996 – Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe Opens in Walt Disney World

“Feel free to celebrate Christmas any day at this Liberty Square shop selling Disney ornaments, stockings, toys and more.”

On February 5, 1996, Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe opened in Walt Disney World’s Liberty Square in Magic Kingdom Park. The store replaced the Olde World Antiques and the Silversmith, and features Christmas and Hanukkah decorations and ornaments with the Disney touch. There is also a small Christmas tree that is decorated by a chosen guest once a day.

February 1

February 1, 1995 – The Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. Opens in Walt Disney World

On February 1, 1995, the Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. merchandise stop and arcade opened in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park, just at the exit of the popular Space Mountain attraction. The shop provides general merchandise, and was one of the first spots within Walt Disney World to provide personalized retail MagicBands, where guests could customize their MagicBands, or cell-phone cases with Disney-related designs.

January 30

January 30, 1995 – The Lion King Soundtrack Wins at American Music Awards

“And can you feel the love tonight? It is where we are, it’s enough for this wide-eyed wanderer that we got this far.”

On January 30, 1995, the 22nd American Music Awards (AMAs) were held, and were broadcast by ABC. The soundtrack for the animated feature film The Lion King was the winner for Favorite Pop/Rock Album, beating out nominees Mariah Carey (for Music Box) and Counting Crows (for August and Everything After.) It was the only nomination and win for the album at the AMAs, but was amongst its many accolades, including a Grammy Award for Best Musical Album for Children.