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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.

September 4

September 4, 2001 – The Restaurant Yucatan Base Camp Grill Opens in Tokyo DisneySea

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On September 4, 2001, the counter-service restaurant Yucatan Base Camp Grill opened in Tokyo DisneySea’s Lost River Delta area. The restaurant features oven roasted chicken, oven roasted spicy salmon, and vegetable and bacon cream soup. The restaurant also features seasonal offerings for specific holidays and events.

September 2

September 2, 2004 – The Art Exhibit “Echoes of Africa” Opens in Epcot’s American Heritage Gallery

On September 2, 2004, the new art exhibit “Echoes of Africa” opened in the new art gallery in the American Adventure pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. Featuring important pieces from the Disney-Tishman African Art collection, this collection has been studied extensively and brought about some anthropological breakthroughs. Dr. Lizzetta LeFalle-Collins served as the guest curator for the collection, having curated several important exhibitions for the American Federation of the Arts in New York and the California African-American Museum in Los Angeles. The collection originally belonged to Paul and Ruth Tishman, with Disney acquiring the collection in 1984.

August 30

August 30, 2007 – The Honda ASIMO Robot Appears in Disneyland

“With the ability to run nearly 4 miles per hour, the all-new ASIMO humanoid robot is advancing closer to in-home applications.”

On August 30, 2007, the Honda humanoid robot ASIMO premiered in its own stage show at Disneyland. ASIMO, which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, has been given several upgrades for this stage show, including the ability to run and increased artificial intelligence to help interact better with guests. This 15-minute stage show was held at the Honda ASIMO Theatre inside the Innoventions attraction. It was the only permanent installation of ASIMO in North America.

August 29

August 29, 2008 – Olympian Michael Phelps Celebrates in Walt Disney World

“To top it all off with a parade at Disney World is just incredible.”

On August 29, 2008, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps celebrated his triumphant return from the Beijing Olympics by being featured in the “America’s Homecoming Parade” through Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. Traveling in a red Corvette amongst red, white, and blue confetti, Phelps was joined by Mickey and Minnie Mouse.