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October 24

October 24, 2008 – Pixie Hollow Opens in Walt Disney World


“[Tinker Bell] and four of her fairy friends…will have a permanent home in a new location called Pixie Hollow which will be located in Toontown.”

On October 24, 2008, the meet-and-greet area Pixie Hollow opened in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park, just outside of Mickey’s Toontown Fair. Guests can be greeted by Tinker Bell and her four fairy friends Iridessa, Rosetta, Silvermist, and Fawn, who were introduced in the Tinker Bell series of movies, with the first one being released four days after this attraction opened. The attraction also featured interactive experiences and storytelling times for younger guests. An outdoor version of this meet-and-greet opened in Disneyland in November.


May 31

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May 31, 2008 – WALL-E Greets Visitors at the Newseum


“Obviously you’re making the news: look at all the people who came out to see you!”

On May 31, 2008, the title character from Pixar’s animated feature WALL-E was on hand to greet families at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The life-size robot was there on Family Day as a promotional tool for the upcoming film. The character was featured in the New York Times – Ochs-Sulzberger Family Great Hall of News for a few hours.

April 28

April 28, 2012 – Mickey Mouse Makes Special Appearance at Yankee Stadium


“On April 28, Mickey Mouse appeared at Yankee Stadium in time to catch a baseball game.”

On April 28, 2012, as a way to promote the arrival of the cruise ship Disney Magic in New York City, Mickey Mouse, dressed as a Disney Cruise Line captain, made a special appearance in Yankee Stadium. Along with the Disney Cruise Line sponsoring the game that day, Disney also donated 100 tickets to the Boys and Girls Club. In addition, Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson took some time to pose with Mickey on the mound of the field.

April 17

April 17, 2012 – The Orange Bird Returns to Walt Disney World

Orange Bird

“Little Orange Bird in the sunshine tree, won’t you think of something sunny just for me?”

On April 17, 2012, the official Disney fan club D23 announced in front of a small group of members that the Orange Bird would be returning to the Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World. Designed in the 1970s as a mascot for the park, the bird was located in Adventureland’s Sunshine Tree Terrace, where citrus drinks were made available. In 1971, a song was written and released by the Sherman Brothers, called “The Orange Bird Song.” In addition to adding new merchandise featuring the quirky character, a statue created in the 1970s was brought back, standing proudly above the Sunshine Tree Terrace.

December 20

December 20, 2002 – The Restaurant Ariel’s Grotto Opens in Disneyland’s Paradise Pier

Ariel's Grotto

“Delight in a daytime banquet alongside some of your favorite Disney Princesses or enjoy the Grotto as part of a special dining package.”

On December 20, 2002, the restaurant Ariel’s Grotto opened in Disneyland’s Paradise Pier area of California Adventure. The restaurant is a buffet style dining experience, where guests can meet the Disney Princesses during the lunch dining period. It is one of the few restaurants that offers a World of Color dining package during dinner, where guests that participate are given priority seating to the World of Color nighttime show.

July 28

July 28, 2002 – The Princess Storybook Breakfast Begins in Norway’s Restaurant Akershus


“Her Highness the Queen is holding a feast in honor of the world’s best-loved Storybook Princesses – and you’re invited!”

On July 28, 2002, the Princess Storybook Breakfast character dining experience began in the Norway Pavilion’s Restaurant Akershus. Guests make reservations for the dining experience, where they can meet a host of Disney characters, including Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Aurora, Ariel, and Mary Poppins. After dining, guests can take pictures with the Disney princesses and take home to photos as complimentary keepsakes. The breakfast became so popular that it was expanded to include lunch and dinner in 2005.

July 10

July 10, 1955 – The Character Scamp Appears in the Disney Comic Strip


“Merry Christmas Uncle Trusty and Uncle Jock!”

On July 10, 1955, the character Scamp appeared in the Disney comic strip series Disney’s Treasury of Classic Tales, which was used to promote upcoming Disney films. The strip on this day was promoting the film Lady and the Tramp, with Scamp appearing in the final panel as one of Lady and Tramp’s puppies. Although not named in the film nor this strip, the character was given a name in October of that year, when he began appearing in his own daily strip which ran until 1988.

May 21

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May 21, 1984 – Clarence “Ducky” Nash is Honored at Grauman’s Chinese Theater


On May 21, 1984, Clarence “Ducky” Nash, original voice of Donald Duck, and the character himself were on hand at a special ceremony honoring Nash at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, where Nash placed Donald Duck’s footprints in cement. Nash’s ceremony was the 150th ceremony held by the landmark theater, and coincided with the celebrations of Donald Duck’s 50th birthday. At the time, Nash had mostly retired from voicing the character, but joined in the festivities of the year honoring the character he brought to life.

May 11

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May 11, 2013 – Merida is Crowned as the Eleventh Disney Princess


“Merida, in you, I see the best of our past, and the best of our future.”

On May 11, 2013, the character Merida from the Pixar film Brave was crowned as Disney’s eleventh official princess. The event took place at Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World, which featured special guests Olympic Gold-Medal winner Gabby Douglas and her mother, as well as all ten princesses in the Disney lineup. Amidst hundreds of guests that were in attendance, Merida entered the Magic Kingdom on her horse Angus, accompanied by a traditional Scottish pipe and drum band, along with a troupe of Scottish dancers. Her mother, Queen Elinor, was on hand to crown her daughter in a touching ceremony that highlighted the bond between mother and daughter from the film.

April 12

April 12, 1995 – The Walt Disney World Restaurant ‘Ohana Opens


“Hang loose with Stitch and friends at breakfast and enjoy games, storytelling, and a Hawaiian-style feast at dinner.”

On April 12, 1995, the restaurant ‘Ohana opened at Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Resort, replacing the Papeete Bay Verandah which had closed in September of 1994. The restaurant features an interactive experience for guests, with family style dining while the food is cooked in a fire pit on skewers up to three feet long. Guests are encouraged to participate in several activities, including coconut races, dancing, and fun with hula hoops. The restaurant also features character dining, mainly featuring Lilo and Stitch, but including other characters such as Mickey Mouse.