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May 3, 1997 – The Restaurant Ariel’s Closes

“For a storybook celebration in your own underwater realm, this themed event space at Disney’s Beach Club Resort offers the perfect blend of casual elegance and fish-tale fantasy.”

On May 3, 1997, the themed restaurant Ariel’s, located in Walt Disney World’s Beach Club Resort, officially closed. The seafood restaurant was created to match the nautical theme of the resort, and was named after the main character of the animated feature film The Little Mermaid. After closing, the restaurant’s area was used as a reception venue for weddings held in Walt Disney World. It was briefly reopened in 2017 to accommodate guests while the resort’s main restaurant Captain Grille’s was being refurbished.

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April 30

April 30, 1995 – The Beauty and the Beast Stage Show Closes in Disneyland’s Videopolis

“There must be more than this provincial life!”

On April 30, 1995, the stage show version of the animated feature film Beauty and the Beast closed in Disneyland’s Videopolis area. Opening on April 11, 1992, it was similar to the stage version that premiered in Walt Disney World, but featured a different script, along with different sets and costumes. The show was highly popular, leading to the creation of the Broadway version of the animated film. There have been no plans, as of 2019, to revive the show in the park, even though the Walt Disney World version has been revised and is still a popular attraction among guests; however, scenes from the film have been incorporated into the live show Storytelling at Royal Theatre.

April 29

April 29, 2001 – The Timekeeper Attraction Closes in Walt Disney World

“For your safety, I’ve invented rails for you to lean on. I call them, ‘lean rails.’ Please do not sit on the lean rails because…they’re there to lean on.”

On April 29, 2001, the Tomorrowland attraction The Timekeeper closed in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. It was adapted from the Disneyland Paris attraction Un Voyage à Travers le Temps (known as From Time to Time in English), and used the Circle-Vision 360° film technique, along with Audio-Animatronics, to tell a narrative. Guests would wait in the lobby and meet the invention known as 9-Eye (voiced by Rhea Perlman). Guests would then enter the theater and meet the Timekeeper (voiced by Robin Williams), an inventor who created a time machine. He then sends 9-Eye back in time to record her experiences in important times of the past. After the attraction closed, it would reopen seasonally until it officially closed on February 26, 2006; it was eventually replaced by the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor.

April 14

April 14, 2010 – Lyric Street Records Officially Closes

“The Lyric Street team has had an amazing run, building a slate of well-known artists including the superstar act, Rascal Flatts.” – Chairman of Disney Music Group, Bob Cavallo

On April 14, 2010, the Disney-owned country record label Lyric Street Records officially closed its operations. The label opened in 1997, with sister label Carolwood being created in 2008. Both labels were closed as part of Disney’s streamlined priorities, and executives were actively looking for new labels for their big artists, such as Rascal Flatts and Bucky Covington.

April 10

April 10, 1988 – The Attraction America Sings Closes in Disneyland

“Yes folks, that was America’s first popular song! And that’s what this show is all about: America’s music.”

On April 10, 1988, the Tomorrowland attraction America Sings officially closed in Disneyland. Open since June 29, 1974 and taking the place of the GE Carousel of Progress, the attraction featured over 100 anthropomorphized animals taking guests on a history of popular music in America. The show was narrated by Sam the Eagle, whose narration is often interrupted by a weasel. After the attraction closed, many of the characters were added to the Splash Mountain attraction.

April 5

April 8, 1973 – The Walt Disney Story Attraction Opens in Disneyland

“But good ol’ Walt, he was the best friend a mouse could have. He gave me my start, you know.”

On April 8, 1973, the Main Street attraction The Walt Disney Story opened in Disneyland’s Opera House. Taking the place of Great Moments wit Mr. Lincoln, the attraction was a movie narrated by Walt Disney himself, providing insight into his life. The attraction also included memorabilia from the Walt Disney Archives, including letters, awards, and a replica of his office in Disney Studios, which was created thanks to photographs and blueprints. Guests, however, missed the Lincoln attraction, and the film ended its run on February 12, 1975; Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln returned to the theater soon after. The film was also an attraction in Walt Disney World from April 15, 1973 through October 5, 1992.

April 7

April 7, 1990 – The Nightclub Cage Opens in Walt Disney World’s Pleasure Island

On April 7, 1990, the nightclub Cage opened in Walt Disney World’s Pleasure Island area of Downtown Disney. Pleasure Island was an evening entertainment area that featured a variety of attractions that would keep guests in the resort rather than traveling to downtown Orlando. Cage was the second incarnation of the nightclub, replacing Videopolis East, and featured progressive music as its selling point. Similar to its predecessor, the club also featured music videos showing on at least 170 monitors. The club closed in 1992, only to be replaced by 8 TRAX.