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June 13

June 13, 1996 – The Specialty Shop The Sanctuary of Quasimodo Opens in Disneyland

On June 13, 1996, the specialty merchandise shop The Sanctuary of Quasimodo opened in Disneyland’s Fantasyland area. The shop replaced the Disney Villains shop (which itself replaced Briar Rose Cottage, Mickey’s Christmas Chalet, and Merlin’s Magic Shop). The Sanctuary of Quasimodo was created to promote the animated feature film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and featured a vignette in the window of Quasimodo ringing the bells of Notre Dame. The shop closed on February 9, 1997, and was replaced by the Knights Shop.

June 8

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June 8, 1993 – The Soundtrack for Snow white and the Seven Dwarfs is Released on CD for the First Time

“Though your teeth are out, and your whiskers sprout, and your arches give away, you’re never too old to be young and gay.”

On June 8, 1993, the soundtrack for Disney’s animated feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released for the first time on compact disc (CD). It featured the entire score and songs from the film, as well as two songs that were created for the film but inevitably cut from the final production: “Music in Your Soup” and “You’re Never Too Old to Be Young.”

June 1

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June 1, 1997 – The Disneyland Parade The Lion King Celebration Ends

“Oh, I just can’t wait to be king!”

On June 1, 1997, the Lion King Celebration parade ended its run in Disneyland. The parade, starting on July 1, 1994, was notable for being the first parade to feature Audio-Animatronic figures outside of stationary attractions. It was also a combination parade and stage show, as the parade would stop at various intervals on the route and perform songs from the film, ending each performance with a version of “Circle of Life” while an Audio-Animatronic Simba let out a roar from the Pride Rock float. The parade also featured actors dressed as birds performing acrobatic stunts and remote-controlled animals.

May 29

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May 29, 1998 – Disney Places Mulan Merchandise in Disney Stores

“From Disney’s 36th animated feature, Mulan, comes an all new musical masterpiece that will capture the emotion and adventure of this compelling film.”

On May 29, 1998, to promote the upcoming animated feature film Mulan, Disney Stores released special merchandise inspired by the film. Pieces ranged from costumes, to plush toys of characters such as Mushu, to dolls of the titular character. The film would go on to be released on June 5, 1998.

May 22

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May 22, 1999 – The Nighttime Parade SpectroMagic Ends Original Run

“And now, the Magic Kingdom proudly presents, in a million points of musical light, the magic words of Disney…in SpectroMagic!”

On May 22, 1999, the Magic Kingdom nighttime parade SpectroMagic ended its run. It began on October 1, 1991, as part of the park’s 20th anniversary celebrations, replacing the Main Street Electrical Parade (which had been sent to Disneyland Paris). SpectroMagic took the lights of Main Street Electrical Parade and multiplied it, adding more fiber optic elements and including over 45 Disney characters, such as Roger Rabbit, Chernabog, and the Three Little Pigs. The parade also featured a new song: “On This Magic Night.” The parade was brought back to the park on March 26, 2001, and officially ended its run in 2010.

May 19

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May 19, 1995 – The Fantasy Faire Shop Opens in Walt Disney World

“Suit your every fancy at this convenient stop near the exit of Mickey’s PhilharMagic, where you’ll find an array of whimsically themed hats and headwear – including the ever-popular Mickey Ears, which you can even have personalized!”

On May 19, 1995, the Fantasyland shop Fantasy Faire opened in Walt Disney World. Opening to replace The Mad Hatter, this shop features a variety of merchandise, including hats, apparel, and pins. After Mickey’s PhilharMagic opened next door, elements of the attraction were added to the shop’s overall design.

May 13

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May 13, 1996 – The Antiques Shop One-of-a-Kind Closes in Disneyland

On May 13, 1996, the antique shop located in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square, known as One-of-a-Kind, officially closed. Open in the area in 1967, the store was inspired by Lillian Disney’s love of antiques, and featured a variety of specialty pieces, such as music boxes and porcelain vases. In 1995, the store shifted from antiques to reproductions and gifts. After closing in 1996, the store became the Disney-themed cooking store Le Gourmet.

May 8

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May 8, 1991 – Disney Announces Plans for Disneyland Expansion

On May 8, 1991, Disney officially announced their plans for a $3-billion expansion to Disneyland, including a second theme park that was going to be called Westcot. Also announced in this expansion was a shopping district with hotels. Westcot was to be California’s version of Epcot, a park dedicated to science, technology, and innovation, but with a more modern, Californian look to it. Unfortunately, the park ran into issues, particularly with its placement in the city of Anaheim. The initial failure of Disneyland Paris also led to the Westcot project being shelved in 1995.

May 6

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May 6, 1991 – The Walt Disney Company Joins the Dow Jones Industrial Average

On May 6, 1991, the Walt Disney Company joined the Dow Jones Industrial Average (known as the Dow), a stock market index that tracks the value of 30 publicly owned companies from the United States. This inclusion was part of a revamp of the Dow, and was the first time an entertainment company had been added to the Dow since 1932; Paramount-Publix was briefly in the Dow from 1928 to 1932. Disney was added alongside J.P. Morgan and Caterpillar Inc., replacing Navistar International Corporation, USX Corporation, and Primerica Corporation.

May 3

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May 3, 1997 – The Restaurant Ariel’s Closes

“For a storybook celebration in your own underwater realm, this themed event space at Disney’s Beach Club Resort offers the perfect blend of casual elegance and fish-tale fantasy.”

On May 3, 1997, the themed restaurant Ariel’s, located in Walt Disney World’s Beach Club Resort, officially closed. The seafood restaurant was created to match the nautical theme of the resort, and was named after the main character of the animated feature film The Little Mermaid. After closing, the restaurant’s area was used as a reception venue for weddings held in Walt Disney World. It was briefly reopened in 2017 to accommodate guests while the resort’s main restaurant Captain Grille’s was being refurbished.