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October 9

October 9, 2015 – Interstate 4 Ramp Connecting to Disney Springs Opens

“Central Florida motorists heading to Disney Springs have a new option.”

On October 9, 2015, a new ramp on Florida’s Interstate 4 that connected directly to the Disney Springs parking garage officially opened. Labelled as Exit 67, guests can drive straight into the 4,000 spot parking structure to access the then-unfinished shopping district. This new ramp, along with some other road improvements, was part of the effort to revamp not only Downtown Disney into its new Disney Springs design, but was also done to help alleviate some of the traffic for guests who want to reach the parks.

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September 30

September 30, 2012 – The Store Big Top Souvenirs Opens in Storybook Circus

“Come one, come all and gather ‘round this three-ring extravaganza for a magical circus packed with zesty snacks, sweet treats and unforgettable souvenirs…”

On September 30, 2012, the themed merchandise stop Big Top Souvenirs opened in the Storybook Circus area of Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World. Replacing the County Bounty store of the old Mickey’s Toontown Fair area, the store is located just outside of Pete’s Silly Sideshow. The store is a mix of merchandise ranging from Mickey ears to kitchen goods; the store also sells a variety of sweet treats ranging from special drinks to designed candy apples.

September 23

September 23, 2011 – The Grand Opening Celebration of Aulani is Held

“We would like to thank the Imagineers, cast members, construction teams, local artists, and everyone who had a hand in bringing Aulani to life.” – Chief Operating Officer Tom Staggs

On September 23, 2011, a special grand opening ceremony was held to celebrate the official opening of Disney’s new Aulani resort in Oahu, Hawaii. CEO Bob Iger and COO Tom Staggs were on hand with Mickey and Minnnie Mouse to lead the ceremony, which was filled with many aspects of Hawaiian culture and traditions. A special chant was written and performed for the resort’s opening by Keali’I Reichel, a noted artist in Hawaii, along with special performances by drummers and dancers. The ceremony also included an official dedication, complete with placing sand in a ceremonial wooden bowl called an ‘umeke.

September 11

September 11, 2014 – The Paint the Night Parade Premieres in Hong Kong Disneyland

“In millions of dazzling lights and astounding musical sounds, it’s the Paint the Night Parade!”

On September 11, 2014, the first LED nighttime parade, called Paint the Night, debuted in Hong Kong Disneyland, with an official opening taking place on October 1. The parade featured characters from both classic Disney films and Pixar films, and featured Cantonese versions of Disney songs, along with an original song in English and Cantonese entitled “Paint the Night.” The parade was also unique in its innovative use of technology, with guests able to purchase special “paintbrushes” that allowed them to interact with the floats and characters, making them change color through RFID technology. A version of the parade was brought to Disneyland to help celebrate the park’s 60th anniversary in 2015.

September 10

September 10, 2015 – Disney Announces Groundbreaking for Star Wars Lands

“We want people to feel like they’ve stepped into the world of Star Wars and so that’s really sparked our imaginations and it’s got people fired up.” – COO Tom Staggs

On September 10, 2015, Disney Chief Operating Officer Tom Staggs announced the plans for Star Wars-themed lands, with construction slated to start in 2016 at both the California and Florida parks. While specifics weren’t given in terms of attractions, it was rumored that there would be a recreation of the Millennium Falcon, along with the original cantina from the 1977 film. It was confirmed, however, that elements from both the original trilogy and the upcoming Disney-released films would be present in the lands being built.

September 8

September 8, 2012 – The Disney Baby Store Opens in Glendale, California

“Shop by character and find great products for every moment of the day!”

On September 8, 2012, the first Disney Baby store opened in Glendale, California. Located right near Walt Disney Imagineering, the store focuses on children ranging from newborn to two-years-old, with character merchandise ranging from popular Pixar films, to Disney Princesses, to classic Disney characters. A special ceremony was held for the store’s grand opening, featuring celebrity appearances, Disney-themed snacks for babies, and a concert by the Blue Sky Riders.

August 20

August 20, 2016 – D23 Members Celebrate 75th Anniversary of The Reluctant Dragon

                Image credit: D23 Official Site

“It was definitely a Disney day to remember, proving you’ll never know what surprises will await at a D23 event.”

On August 20, 2016, the Disney fanclub D23 held an official event to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the little-known Disney film The Reluctant Dragon. The film, released in 1941, starred Robert Benchley as himself trying to pitch the titular story at the Walt Disney Studios, and ultimately takes a tour around several areas while trying to find Walt; this gave viewers a chance to see how an animated film gets made, thanks to tours around the Ink and Paint Department and the Sound Effects stage. Almost 400 D23 members were present at the Walt Disney Studios for a viewing of the film, and were able to see several artifacts from the Archives that were present in the film, including the bust of Robert Benchley. Also present for the event were members of the Walt Disney Archives, including director Becky Cline; voice actors Bill Farmer (Goofy) and Bret Iwan (Mickey Mouse); Animation Research Library manager Fox Carney; film producer and director Ted Thomas; Disney historian Les Perkins; Imagineer Tony Baxter; and Steve Vagnini from D23. There were special events on the lot after the screening and presentations, along with autograph sessions with several of the Disney Legends in attendance.