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April 17

April 17, 2009 – The Themed Store Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Opens in Disneyland

“Behold a royal transformation as everyday kids turn into elegant princesses and shining knights – right before your eyes!”

On April 17, 2009, the popular shop Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique opened in Disneyland. Originally opening in Walt Disney World on April 5, 2006, the store is a salon that styles girls to look like princesses and boys to look like knights. Little girls can pick from one of eight packages, ranging from being styled like Anna and Elsa from Frozen, to a specialty package that dressed them up to look like a Disney princess. Boys can choose the Knight Package, which includes hairstyling, a sword and shield set, and confetti. This was the fourth version of the salon to open in Disney parks, with others opening in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland Hotel.

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April 11

April 11, 2003 – The Attraction Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage Opens in Disney’s California Adventure

On April 11, 2003, the live stage show attraction Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage opened in Disney’s California Adventure Park. This was the second version of this attraction to open, with the first version opening in Walt Disney World on October 1, 2001. The show featured characters from popular Playhouse Disney channel shows, such as Rolie Polie Olie, Stanley, The Book of Pooh, and Bear in the Big Blue House. It was updated and renamed on March 4, 2011, to become Disney Junior – Live on Stage.

March 28

March 28, 2002 – The Video Game Kingdom Hearts is Released in Japan

君という光が私を見つける 真夜中に”

On March 28, 2002, the video game Kingdom Hearts was released in Japan. Created through a collaboration between Square Enix and Disney Interactive Studios, the game features the characters from the famous Final Fantasy series of games and The World Ends with You Square Enix game in an elaborate crossover. The game is set in a special Disney universe, where main character Sora must travel to different character worlds, accompanied by magician Donald and knight Goofy, to fight against Ansem and his army of evil beings known as the Heartless. The game was eventually released in North America on September 17, 2002. Its theme song was “Hikari” by J-Pop artist Hikaru Utada; she would also sing the English version known as “Simple and Clean.” The game was critically successful upon its release, and spawned a franchise that, as of 2019, features 14 games on a variety of platforms.

March 26

March 26, 2003 – The Circle-Vision 360° Film Wonders of China Ends its Run

“I’ve come to show you modern China.”

On March 26, 2003, the Circle-Vision 360° film Wonders of China officially ended its run in Epcot’s China Pavilion. Having run since October 1, 1982, the film gave guests panoramic views of China, ranging from its landmarks to its culture. The film would also be used in alternation with the film American Journeys in the Circle-Vision Theater in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland from 1984 to 1996. In Epcot, the film was replaced with Reflections of China, which was an updated version of the original film with additions of new areas Hong Kong and Macau, as well as updated looks at several popular cities.

March 24

March 24, 2002 – “If I Didn’t Have You” from Monsters, Inc. Wins Academy Award

“You and me together, that’s how it always should be, one without the other, don’t mean nothing to me, nothing to me…”

On March 24, 2002, the 74th Academy Awards were held at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, California. Although nominated for three awards, the Pixar animated feature film Monsters, Inc. only managed to walk away with one: the Academy Award for Best Original Song, awarded to Randy Newman for “If I Didn’t Have You.” This song beat out the likes of “May It Be” by Enya, Nicky Ryan, and Roma Ryan (written for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring); “There You’ll Be” by Diane Warren (written for Pearl Harbor); “Until…” by Sting (written for Kate & Leopold); and “Vanilla Sky” by Paul McCartney (written for Vanilla Sky).

March 20

March 20, 2007 – The Special Edition of the Hannah Montana Soundtrack is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“Nobody’s perfect! I gotta work it! Again and again till I get it right!”

On March 20, 2007, the special 2-disc edition of the soundtrack for the Disney Channel Original Series Hannah Montana was released through Walt Disney Records. The series had proved to be a runaway hit for the channel, and the original soundtrack was released on October 24, 2006. The special edition featured two new songs: “Nobody’s Perfect” (which was also released on the follow-up soundtrack), and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” both of which were performed by Miley Cyrus, who portrays the titular character. The second disc was a bonus DVD that featured a live performance of “Nobody’s Perfect,” as well as a short documentary called “Backstage Secrets.”

March 18

March 18, 2003 – The Soundtrack for Piglet’s Big Movie is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“Can I walk around my shadow once before it disappears into the sun?”

On March 18, 2003, the soundtrack for the animated film Piglet’s Big Movie was released through Watl Disney Records. It featured seven new songs by singer-songwriter Carly Simon, as well as her cover of the “Winnie the Pooh” theme song originally written by the Sherman Brothers. The soundtrack also featured demo versions of the songs Simon wrote for the film, as well as pieces of the score by Carl Johnson.