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June 25

June 25, 2010 – The Documentary Archiving the Archives: Forty Years of Preserving the Magic Premieres

“We’re excited to honor Dave [Smith] and the Archives, and to give our members a close-up look at some rarely seen ‘jewels in the crown’ of Disney history.” – Head of D23, Steven Clark

On June 25, 2010, the documentary film Archiving the Archives: Forty Years of Preserving the Magic premiered at a special D23 event at the Disney Studios. The film, honoring the Walt Disney Archives’ 40th anniversary, took a look at how founder Dave Smith started the archives, and the impact it has on the Disney legacy. The premiere event also featured appearances by Disney President and CEO Bob Iger, as well as film historian Leonard Maltin to honor Smith and his contributions.

June 17

June 17, 2016 – The Merchandise Stop The Wandering Reindeer Opens in Epcot

“…Wandering Reindeer is a shopper’s delight that adds to the flurry of Frozen fun – and continues the theme of wintery good times with style!”

On June 17, 2016, the specialty merchandise stop The Wandering Reindeer opened in Epcot’s World Showcase in the Norway Pavilion. Coinciding with the addition of elements from the animated feature film Frozen, the store sells a variety of merchandise featuring the characters, including apparel and plush toys.

June 15

June 15, 2012 – The Merchandise Stop Oswald’s Opens in Disney California Adventure

“Top off your supply of Disney merchandise…including retro merchandise inspired by one of Walt Disney’s first creations and the shop’s namesake, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.”

On June 15, 2012, the merchandise stop Oswald’s opened in Disney California Adventure Park. Fashioned like a classic gas station, the store features merchandise for one of Disney’s first creations, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Since The Walt Disney Company’s reacquisition of Oswald in 2006, this store is one of the many changes to incorporate the character into the park and other company holdings. The store also features specialty merchandise featuring the classic character.

June 9

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June 9, 2012 – The WonderGround Gallery Opens in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District

“Enter a world of imagination and vision inspired by Disney films, characters, icons, and – of course – the mouse who started it all.”

On June 9, 2012, the WonderGround Gallery opened in the Downtown Disney District of Disneyland Resort. This merchandise store sells eclectic pieces of art inspired by Disney characters and films, featuring several local Californian artists. The store also sells Disney collectables, including pins and Vinylmation. Artist signings also are held at the gallery.

June 8

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June 8, 2013 – Hungry Hobos is Screened at UCLA’s 24th Silent Film Event

“This cartoon as far as we know hasn’t been seen in over half a century.” – Dave Bossert, Producer, Creative Director, and Head of Special Projects at Walt Disney Animation Studios

On June 8, 2013, the 24th Silent Film Event was held at UCLA, with the 1928 Oswald the Lucky Rabbit short film Hungry Hobos touted as the headline of the event. The short film was previously thought to be lost, but a 16-mm print of the movie had been discovered two years prior in a movie vault in England. Since then, Disney has bought the print and restored it extensively, preparing it for this “re-premiere” at UCLA.

June 7

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June 7, 2012 – Ghirardelli’s Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop Opens in Disney’s California Adventure

“Strike it rich with sublime sundaes, ice cream cones, shakes and hot drinks made with premium Ghirardelli chocolate.”

On June 7, 2012, the specialty store Ghirardelli’s Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop opened in Disney’s California Adventure park. Although a San Francisco-based company, the first version of this store opened in Downtown Disney of Walt Disney World in 1997. The store sells packaged Ghirardelli chocolate, along with a selection of treats for guests to enjoy, including the famous banana hot fudge sundae. The store is located on the Pacific Wharf part of the park.

June 5

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June 5, 2011 – The Disney Channel Comedy Series So Random! Premieres

“So Random: it’s a party, get down!”

On June 5, 2011, the Disney Channel comedy series So Random! premiered. The series was originally a show-within-a-show for the Disney Channel Original Series Sonny with a Chance, but became a show on its own when lead actress Demi Lovato announced she would not return for Sonny with a Chance’s third season. The show is reminiscent of old comedy sketch shows in its set up, although it adds the element of the cast members playing their characters from the original Sonny with a Chance show. Musical guests were also featured on the show, with artists ranging from Andy Grammer to Colbie Caillat. The show starred Tiffany Thornton as Tawni Hart, Sterling Knight as Chad Dylan Cooper, Brandon Mychal Smith as Nico Harris, Doug Brochu as Grady Mitchell, and Allisyn Ashley Arm as Zora Lancaster. The show lasted one season with 26 episodes.