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October 18

October 18, 2008 – Radio Disney Hosts “Planet Premiere” of High School Musical 3: Senior Year Soundtrack

“This is the last chance to make our mark, history will know who we are.”

On October 18,2008, Radio Disney held what they called the “planet premiere” of the soundtrack for the upcoming feature film High School Musical 3: Senior Year, with the soundtrack being released in physical copy three days later. Radio Disney not only played the soundtrack in its entirety, but also interviewed the cast members of the film.

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October 15

October 15, 2002 – Hilary Duff’s Debut Album Santa Claus Lane is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“Walk in this Christmas down Santa Claus Lane, no need to wonder, no need to explain.”

On October 15, 2002, the debut album of Disney Channel star Hilary Duff was released through Walt Disney Records. A Christmas album, the album features re-recordings of Christmas standards, such as “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Last Christmas,” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” The titular song is the only original song on the album, written by producer Matthew Gerrard, Charlie Midnight, Bridget Benenate, and Jay Landers. The album debuted at number 154 on the Billboard 200, and peaked at the number 2 position on the Top Heatseekers and Top Kid Album charts.

October 11

October 11, 2003 – The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter Attraction Closes

“A world with so many eager customers is always worth our greatest effort.”

On October 11, 2003, the ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter attraction officially closed in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. A joint attraction between Disney and George Lucas that opened on June 20, 1995, it featured the story of an alien that was accidentally transported into the X-S Tech laboratory. A dark sci-fi themed interactive sensory adventure, it featured binaural sound and other effects to enhance what came to be known as a “4D” experience. The attraction was replaced with Stitch’s Great Escape!, which used a majority of ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter’s technology.

October 10

October 10, 2002 – The Walt Disney Company and Frito-Lay Announce Multi-Year Partnership

“Our presence at Disney properties is a new channel for us to offer a wide variety of fun snacks catering to consumers’ needs.” – Frito-Lay President and CEO Al Bru

On October 10, 2002, it was announced in a press release that the Walt Disney Company and Frito-Lay had entered into a multi-year agreement where Frito-Lay products would be featured in Walt Disney World and Disneyland Parks. Not only would Frito-Lay snacks, such as Doritos and Lay’s chips, be sold in the parks’ restaurants and snack kiosks, but Frito-Lay would also sponsor several attractions, such as the California Screamin’ roller coaster in Disney California Adventure.

October 9

October 9, 2001 – The Platinum Edition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is Released

“The One That Started It All”

On October 9, 2001, the newest version of special edition Disney DVDs, known as the Platinum Editions, were released, beginning with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This version of the film came with two discs filled with extras, including a documentary called “Still the Fairest of Them All: The Making of Snow White,” galleries featuring the evolution of character designs, and the newsreel footage of the film’s premiere at the Carthay Circle Theater. The film was restored to the technical height of the early 2000s, and featured audio commentary from historian John Canemaker, along with archival audio from Walt Disney. The release was discontinued on January 31, 2002.

October 4

October 4, 2007 – The French Production of The Lion King Premieres at the Theatre Mogador

“The cast is wonderful to look at and gorgeous to listen to. I find them very compelling.” – Disney Theatrical Productions President Thomas Schumacher

On October 4, 2007, the first French production of the popular Broadway musical The Lion King, known as Le Roi Lion, opened at the newly renovated Theatre Mogador in Paris. The musical was performed completely in French, and was translated from English by Stéphane Laporte, a Molière Award winning writer. The French case included Zama Magudulela as Rafiki, Jee-L as Mufasa, Olivier Breiman as Scar, Jérémy Fontanet as Simba, Léah Vincent as Nala, David Eguren as Zazu, Christian Abart as Timon, and Fabrice de la Villehervé as Pumbaa. Several key members involved with the original Broadway production were in the audience, including original director and designer Julie Taymor, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger, and President of Disney Theatrical Productions Thomas Schumacher.

October 3

October 3, 2008 – The Fortuosity Shop Opens in Disneyland

“While you can still find watches here, you can also find boutique-style clothing including fashionable scarves, purses and accessories, making it a must-visit for any Disney fashionista with an appreciation for style.”

On October 3, 2008, the Fortuosity Shop opened on Disneyland’s Main Street. The shop replaced the long-standing New Century Clock Shop, which opened in the park in 1972. It features a variety of fashionable pieces for sale, including scarves, purses, and watches. The shop is also redecorated for various seasons, and is well known for its Halloween decorations.