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October 5

October 5, 2014 – The Maelstrom Boat Ride Closes in Epcot’s Norway

“Exploring Norway’s heritage isn’t going to be smooth sailing, so buck up like a Viking would!”

On October 5, 2014, the Maelstrom boat ride attraction officially closed in the Norway Pavilion within Epcot’s World Showcase. Guests explored Norway from past to present, riding in Viking-inspired longboats through scenery that changes from fjords to swamps, meeting trolls, polar bears, and pirates. The middle of the ride featured the boats plummeting backwards down rapids and narrowly missing a waterfall. After dodging all the obstacles, guests were treated to a five-minute film about the beauty of present-day Norway. The attraction was closed to make way for the Frozen Ever After attraction, which featured several of the Maelstrom’s ride elements, including the boats traveling backwards.

October 2

October 2, 2011 – Rapunzel is Named Official Disney Princess in Worldwide Celebration Ceremony

“Are you kidding? It’s going to be the best day ever!”

On October 2, 2011, the 10th member of the Disney Princess Royal Court, Rapunzel, was honored in a star-studded ceremony held at Kensington Palace in London, England. This ceremony included appearances by all the Disney Princesses, a processional through Hyde Park, and an official welcoming ceremony. 25,000 fans stood on the parade route to welcome the princesses, and were welcome to attend activities such as lantern making and storytelling.

September 29

September 29, 2015 – Downtown Disney is Officially Renamed Disney Springs

“It’s Official – ‘Downtown Disney’ is Now ‘Disney Springs’ at Walt Disney World Resort”

On September 29, 2010, the name change of Downtown Disney to Disney Springs was made official. The name change was confirmed with the new website disneysprings.com and the Twitter account @DisneySprings, and the opening of two dining experiences: The Landing: Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar and Morimoto Asia. The area’s transformation was announced in 2013, which included a renovation and expansion of the entire area.

September 27

September 27, 2014 – The Disneyland Interactive Activity Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush! Ends

“It’s time to choose your alliance in the fight for Frontierland!”

On September 27, 2014, the interactive park activity Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush! ended its run in Disneyland. Open since July 9, 2014, the game was similar to the interactive experiences in Walt Disney World (such as Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom), which gave guests a chance to enter a story set in the Frontierland area of Disneyland; guests could choose to either be a lawful citizen, or an outlaw, and earn “bits” to help them influence and further the story.

September 26

September 26, 2010 – The First D23 Scavenger Hunt is Held at Disneyland

“Get ready for the most incredible scavenger hunt in Disney history as D23 hosts the Great Disney Scavenger Hunt at the Disneyland Resort!”

On September 26, 2010, D23 held its first official scavenger hunt was held in Disneyland. Club members competed in teams of two to four, beginning at 8:45 in the morning at the Disneyland Hotel and searching across Downtown Disney, Disney California Adventure, Disneyland, and the Disney hotels. The top 10 teams won a variety of prizes from the likes of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, Walt Disney Collectors’ Society, Disney Publishing, and Walt Disney Records.

September 22

September 22, 2011 – The Walkthrough Attraction The Revenge of the Headless Horseman Opens in Hong Kong Disneyland

“Get ready to ‘lose your head’ at Disney’s Haunted Halloween.”

On September 22, 2011, the walkthrough attraction The Revenge of the Headless Horseman opened in The Pavilion as part of Disney’s Haunted Halloween Event of Hong Kong Disneyland. The story behind the attraction is that a traveling sideshow is eager to feature its newest exhibit – the head of the Headless Horseman. Unfortunately, the Headless Horseman is also on hand to seek revenge and reclaim his head. The attraction was popular enough that it became a recurring attraction of the Halloween event until 2014.

September 19

September 19, 2013 – Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean Online Closes

“Dead men tell no tales, so I’m forced to let ye live.”

On September 19, 2013, the online multi-player game Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean officially closed. Launched in 2007, the game was based on the hit Pirates of the Caribbean film series, and players could create a pirate character to sail on adventures and explore pirate myths.

September 17

September 17, 2019 – The New Tomorrowland Marquee is Installed in Walt Disney World

On September 17, 2019, the new Tomorrowland marquee was installed in Walt Disney World. The old sign had been taken down in July, and the new sign is a simple, sleek design evoking the styles seen in modern-day innovative hubs, such as Google or Apple.

September 12

September 12, 2013 – The Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in Walt Disney World

“Enjoy a dazzling encounter with Cinderella and Elena in an enchanting royal setting.”

On September 12, 2013, the meet-and-greet area Princess Fairytale Hall opened in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park, in Fantasyland’s Castle Courtyard. Guests enter what appears to be a secret part of the castle, and are able to see special stained glass windows of Cinderella and the Royal Gallery before being escorted to meet Cinderella and a special guest; the special guest has been permanently selected as Princess Elena from Elena of Avalor. The attraction took the place of the Snow White’s Scary Adventures attraction.

September 11

September 11, 2013 – Monsters University Announced as Hollywood Film Award Honoree

“…presented annually ‘to an individual who has – or individuals who have – made outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry.’”

On September 11, 2013, it was announced that the Pixar film Monsters University would be the recipient of the Hollywood Animation Award at the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards on October 21. There, director Dan Scanlon and producer Kori Rae would be honored and on hand to accept the award on behalf of Pixar.