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September 30

September 30, 2003 – The Lion King: Special Edition Soundtrack is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“It’s enough to make kings and vagabonds believe the very best.”

On September 30, 2003, The Lion King: Special Edition version of the soundtrack was released through Walt Disney Records. This special edition version was released to promote the special edition release of the animated feature film; it featured the full soundtrack of the film, and a bonus remix of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” as performed by Elton John.

September 28

September 28, 2009 – The Disney Parks Blog Launches

“Walt Disney listened as he wandered the parks. We’ll listen here.”

On September 28, 2009, the Disney Parks Blog, the official blog for all things Disney parks, launched. It was noted as the official source of the latest information of all the parks worldwide, as well as tidbits of history from Imagineers and other cast members that make the parks magical. Guests can register for an account and comment on posts, providing feedback and questions for the panel of moderators.

September 25

September 25, 2005 – The Premiere of The Greatest Game Ever Played is Held at the El Capitan Theatre

On September 25, 2005, the premiere of the biographical sports film The Greatest Game Ever Played was held at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, California. On hand for the premiere were actors and staff from the film, including actors Shia LaBeouf, Stephen Dillane, and director Bill Paxton. Also on hand were stars such as Penny Marshall, Rene Russo, and LaBeouf’s Even Stevens costar Christy Carlson Romano. The film was generally released five days later on September 30.

September 24

September 24, 2009 – Disney Theatrical Productions Donates Pieces from The Lion King Musical to the Smithsonian

“This donation is a significant addition to the museum’s entertainment collection and joins materials representative of Broadway hits.” – Brent D. Glass, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

On September 24, 2009, a special ceremony was held at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History to celebrate Disney Theatrical Productions’ donation of pieces from the hit Broadway production of The Lion King. Pieces included costume elements from Simba’s and Rafiki’s costumes, such as Simba’s mask and headdress, and Rafiki’s costume, custom shoes, and hat. The costumes were designed by Julie Taymor and Michael Curry. These pieces join others from the shows Cats, Rent, and The King and I.  

September 20

September 20, 2004 – The Compilation Album Disney Magic is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“A collection of all time favorite Disney hits.”

On September 20, 2004, the compilation album Disney Magic was released through Walt Disney Records. The album features pop versions of classic Disney songs, with several of these songs featured during the end credits of modern Disney animated features. Artists range from Phil Collins, to Louis Armstrong, to Julie Andrews. The 44 songs are split over two discs.

September 18

September 18, 2004 – The Animated Series Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Premieres

“Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce go, defeating any foe!”

On September 18, 2004, the first Jetix original animated series Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! premiered on ABC Family as part of the Jetix programming block. The story revolves around Chiro on the planet Shuggazoom, who teams up with the five robotic monkeys that make up the superhero team Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce. The series lasted for four seasons with 52 episodes, and was cancelled on a cliffhanger. It starred Greg Cipes as Chiro, Kevin Michael Richardson as Antauri, Corey Feldman as Sparx, Tom Kenny as Gibson, Clancy Brown as Otto, and Kari Wahlgren as Nova.

September 10

September 10, 2007 – The Shuttle Crew of the Endeavour is Honored in Walt Disney World

“The seven space shuttle Endeavour astronauts who returned to Earth Aug. 21 will be honored in a day of ceremonies at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Sept. 10.”

On September 10, 2007, the seven astronauts that flew on the NASA flight Endeavour were honored in Walt Disney World with a whole slew of celebrations and events. This day included media interviews, a plaque dedication, and a parade down Main Street, U.S.A. An educational program within the series of events featured students from nearby schools, and was streamed live over NASA’s website.

September 9

September 9, 2004 – CEO Michael Eisner Releases Letter Announcing Retirement

“We are different from companies not in the entertainment field. We are a creative company, and as a result, we are so much more.”

On September 9, 2004, Michael Eisner, then-CEO of the Walt Disney Company, released a statement stating his intention to retire from his role upon the conclusion of his contract on September 30, 2006. Eisner joined the company in 1984 alongside Frank Wells, and the two were able to bring the Walt Disney Company to a new level of success and resurgence. The letter also alluded to certain issues the board had been facing in the recent years, but Eisner assured stakeholders that the board would remain committed to its goals, and Eisner would never lose his love for Disney.

September 6

September 6, 2004 – The Attraction Le Visionarium Closes in Disneyland Paris

On September 6, 2004, the Circle-Vision attraction Le Visionarium closed in Disneyland Paris. Opening on April 12, 1992 in Discoveryland, the attraction combined the film From Time to Time with the Audio-Animatronics of 9-Eye and the Timekeeper; this was the first attraction in a Disney park to combine the two.

September 5

September 5, 2000 – The Disneyland Attraction Rocket Rods Closes

On September 5, 2000, the high-speed Tomorrowland attraction Rocket Rods closed in Disneyland. Opening on May 22, 1998, it was built to replace the PeopleMover attraction, and at the time was the fastest attraction in Disneyland. Unfortunately, the attraction closed often due to malfunctions, which led to its inevitable closing.