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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.

August 25

August 25, 2008 – Disney Finalizes Sale of Land to Four Seasons

“Sip your morning coffee as you look toward the lush greenery that surrounds Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando from your room’s private balcony, which also offers some of our best views of the nightly Magic Kingdom Park fireworks display.”

On August 25, 2008, the Walt Disney Company finalized the sale of almost 300 acres in Orlando, Florida, to the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Four Seasons would use this land to build the Four Seasons Resort Orlando hotel, a vacation homes section called Residence Club, a championship golf course, and a variety of single- and multi-family vacation homes. The main hotel had 444 rooms, and was designed by the firm Wimberly, Allison, Tong & Goo; it opened on August 3, 2014, and was included as part of the Golden Oak residential community.

August 24

August 24, 2006 – Disney Donates Two White Rhinos to Africa

“I think the four rhino already living in Ziwa can’t wait to teach the new arrivals a thing or two about living in the wild.” – Lilian Nsubuga, Uganda Wildlife Authority Spokesman

On August 24, 2006, two white rhinos took their first steps on African soil after living in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park in Orlando, Florida. The rhinos were taken to Africa to help boost the dwindling numbers there, as only about 17,500 exist in the wild. They were released in the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in the Nakasongola district, located outside of Kampala. The rhinos, Nande (7-years-old) and Hasani (5-years-old), were a little wary once removed from the crate, but sanctuary workers were hopeful that they would acclimate to their new home and breed within the next year.

August 22

August 22, 2006 – The Disney Community Celebration Announces Third Hotel

On August 22, 2006, the Walt Disney Company-created community Celebration, located in Osceola County, announced that they would be building its third hotel, and the largest one in the area to date. The 450-room condo hotel was to be developed by Mona Lisa Development, the U.S. affiliate of the French group Mona Lisa Hotels and Residences, in partnership with the Related Group of Florida. This was the French company’s first foray into development in the U.S., and Related Group’s first project in Central Florida. The hotel’s location was to be at the north end of the community, closest to Highway 192. This

August 21

August 21, 2009 – The Documentary X Games 3D: The Movie is Released

“The moment they’ve been preparing for is the experience you’ve been waiting for.”

On August 21, 2009, the documentary X Games 3D: The Movie was released to theaters in Digital 3D format for a week-long engagement. The film highlighted the history and the drama of the X Games, an annual extreme sports event that includes sports such as skateboarding, snowboarding, and BMX Freestyle. Directed by Steve Lawrence and narrated by Emile Hirsch, the film features footage of the games’ then-biggest stars, such as Shaun White, Travis Pastrana, Danny Way, Ricky Carmichael, and Tony Hawk.

August 18

August 18, 2006 – The Stage Version of High School Musical Premieres at Stagedoor Manor

“The breathless optimism of the lyrics is shared by many of the kids who attend Stagedoor Manor summer camp, which mounts 13 productions with 270 kids every three weeks…”

On August 18, 2006, the world premiere of the stage version of the popular Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical took place at the Stagedoor Manor theater camp. Stagedoor Manor, a well-regarded summer camp with a working relationship with Disney scored the rights to the musical after mounting “junior” productions of Broadway musicals Rent and Aida.

August 17

August 17, 2002 – Aida Celebrates 1,000th Performance

“The gods love Nubia, their glorious creation, its songs roll sweetly across the harvest plain.”

On August 17, 2002, the Elton John and Tim Rice musical Aida celebrated its milestone 1,000th performance at the evening show. Originally opening on March 23, 2000, the show opened with Adam Pascal as Radames, Sherie Rene Scott as Amneris, and Heather Hedley as Aida (who would go on to win the Tony Award for her performance). The 1,000th show featured Pascal alongside Simone as Aida and Felicia Finley as Amneris.