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September 23

September 23, 2010 – The “Let the Memories Begin” Campaign Begins for Disney Parks

“Has a moment ever hugged you and never let go?’

On September 23, 2010, Disney Parks’ newest campaign, entitled “Let the Memories Begin” began running. Guests were encouraged to share their experiences and memories of time at a Disney Park, which were used in a variety of media sources, including print ads, television promotions, and a website dedicated to the campaign. The campaign ended in 2011.

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September 22

September 22, 2015 – Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar Opens in Disney Springs

“Quench your thirst for action at this 1940s airplane hangar turned dive bar – ex-home of Indiana Jones’ sidekick and pilot.”

On September 22, 2015, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar opened in Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs area. Named after the pilot in the first Indiana Jones franchise film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, the bar resembles an airplane hangar, complete with artifacts and airplane parts. Disney Imagineers even created a backstory for the bar’s location: Jones and Lindsey happened to discover Disney Springs in 1938 while pursuing a tip about something mythological located in central Florida. Jones went on to have adventures while Lindsey stayed behind to open his own hangar in the area and fly specialized seaplane tours. The bar was born after Lindsey’s friends and fellow members of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers kept stopping by, which turned the hangar into a popular watering hole. The drinks and dishes are inspired by Lindsey’s travels, including Incan Tuna Tacos, Old World Pizza of San Marco, and The Scottish Professor, a drink featuring Scotch whiskey, gin, pear nectar, syrup, and lemon juice.

September 20

September 20, 2011 – Disney Announces Joint Partnership with Lightstorm Entertainment

“…Disney will partner with Cameron and producing partner Jon Landau to create themed lands that will give theme park guests the opportunity to explore the mysterious universe of AVATAR first hand.”

On September 20, 2011, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide announced that they had entered into a partnership with James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment, along with Fox Filmed Entertainment. This exclusive agreement would give Disney the rights to create a new park based on Cameron’s blockbuster film Avatar. It was also announced that the Avatar-themed land would be added to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World, with construction beginning in 2013. This agreement also gives Disney the opportunity to build other Avatar lands in other Disney Parks around the world.

September 19

September 19, 2010 – Duffy the Disney Bear Premieres in Disney California Adventure

“Together, Duffy and Mickey travel the world sharing adventures and making friends along the way.”

On September 19, 2010, the character Duffy made his first U.S. appearance in Disney California Adventure for Annual Passholders. A popular figure in Japan’s Tokyo DisneySea, the character was introduced as Mickey’s special bear given to him by Minnie before he set off on a long adventure. Duffy, in his character meet-and-greets, wears a special sailor suit; guests can but their own Duffy and customize his outfits in a variety of ways. Duffy would officially premiere at all U.S. Disney Parks on October 14, 2010.

September 16

September 16, 2013 – Disney Announces Cast for New Broadway Musical Aladdin

On September 16, 2013, Disney Theatrical Productions released the cast list of their newest theatrical production, Aladdin. The cast of 34 would be lead by Adam Jacobs, who would be playing the titular role. Based on the 1992 hit animated feature film, this stage adaptation brings back composer Alan Menken to score the popular songs from the movie for the stage, as well as to provide new songs written exclusively for the show. The cast also includes James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie, Courtney Reed as Jasmine, and Jonathan Freeman as Jafar, returning to the role after voicing it in the animated feature film. The musical would go on to open on Broadway on March 20, 2014, at the New Amsterdam Theatre.

September 8

September 8, 2017 – The Digital Series Club Mickey Mouse Premieres

“Tell me who’s the original, I mean everything literal, only one individual, the greatest ever, did you know?”

On September 8, 2017, the newest incarnation of the Mickey Mouse Club, known as Club Mickey Mouse, premiered as a digital series on the social media platforms Instagram and Facebook. The Mouseketeers create their own music and stories, which feature modern choreography and musical styles, as they navigate through friendships and life. The new cast of Mouseketeers feature Regan Aliyah, Jenna Alvarez, Ky Baldwin, Gabe De Guzman, Leanne Tessa Langston, Brianna Mazzola, Sean Oliu, and Will Simmons.

September 7

September 7, 2011 – The Cupola is Installed at the Carthay Circle Theater

“The Disney Parks Blog video team was on hand to catch some great footage of the cupola as it was raised into position on top of the theatre – take a look!”

On September 7, 2011, the Carthay Circle Theater restaurant was given its crowning feature by Walt Disney Imagineering: the cupola, modeled after the one on the original Carthay Circle Theater, where the world premiere of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was held. A cupola is a high bell tower-like structure; the Disneyland version of the classic theater is a replica of the original theater, which was demolished in 1969.