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May 21

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May 21, 2008 – The Online Game Virtual Magic Kingdom Officially Shuts Down

On May 21, 2008, the online multiplayer game Virtual Magic Kingdom officially shut down its services. A joint project between Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and Sulake Corporation, the game was created as a promotional tool to celebrate 50 years of Disney theme parks. The beta version of the game opened on May 23, 2005. Guests could create their own avatar and walk around themed lands similar to those found in Disneyland and Walt Disney World and play a variety of mini-games, such as Jungle Cruise Photo Safari, and a Pirates of the Caribbean-themed game of Capture the Flag. Guests were also able to complete special quests and collect display badges, pins, and clothes for their avatar.

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May 17

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May 17, 2004 – The Restaurant The Artist’s Palette Opens

“Delight your palate with a meal at The Artist’s Palette restaurant at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa.”

On May 17, 2004, the counter-service restaurant The Artist’s Palette opened in Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa in Walt Disney World. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant provides quick-service meals such as gourmet sandwiches, savory pies, and salads.

May 7

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May 7, 2002 – Four Disney Classics are Released in the Vault Disney Collection

On May 7, 2002, four classic Disney live-action films were released on DVD through the Vault Disney Collection: Swiss Family Robinson, Old Yeller, The Parent Trap, and Pollyanna. Although not the first home video release for these films, this was their first DVD release. Each release comes with a few special features, including a documentary about the film, as well as audio commentary from the surviving actors.

May 5

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May 5, 2005 – The Action Show Attraction Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show Opens

“Get ready for extreme thrills as this full-throttle, high-octane live stunt spectacular comes roaring in from Disneyland Resort Paris.”

On May 5, 2005, the stunt action show Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show opened in Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios park. The show shows guests the behind-the-scenes of extreme stunts, such as physical stunts and car chases through dangerous settings. The Hollywood Studios attraction was based on the show Moteurs…Action! Stunt Show Spectacular from Disneyland Paris. The Hollywood Studios attraction was closed on April 2, 2016, to make way for the new expansion areas of the park.

April 29

April 29, 2001 – The Timekeeper Attraction Closes in Walt Disney World

“For your safety, I’ve invented rails for you to lean on. I call them, ‘lean rails.’ Please do not sit on the lean rails because…they’re there to lean on.”

On April 29, 2001, the Tomorrowland attraction The Timekeeper closed in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. It was adapted from the Disneyland Paris attraction Un Voyage à Travers le Temps (known as From Time to Time in English), and used the Circle-Vision 360° film technique, along with Audio-Animatronics, to tell a narrative. Guests would wait in the lobby and meet the invention known as 9-Eye (voiced by Rhea Perlman). Guests would then enter the theater and meet the Timekeeper (voiced by Robin Williams), an inventor who created a time machine. He then sends 9-Eye back in time to record her experiences in important times of the past. After the attraction closed, it would reopen seasonally until it officially closed on February 26, 2006; it was eventually replaced by the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor.

April 21

April 21, 2006 – The Live Show Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show Premieres

“Abracadabra! It’s Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show!”

On April 21, 2006, the touring stage production Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show premiered in Columbia, South Carolina. This was the second production by Feld Entertainment in conjunction with Disney. The show featured Mickey and Minnie putting on a magic show, which brought forth magic from the most beloved Disney films, such as Aladdin and Fantasia; the underlying theme was finding the magic deep within us.

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.