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April 22

April 22, 1998 – The Merchandise Stop Ziwani Traders Opens in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“There’s no telling the treasures you might discover.”

On April 22, 1998, the shop Ziwani Traders opened in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This specialty merchandise store offers items off the beaten track than regular Disney merchandise stores, as it gives guests a chance to see and purchase authentic African imports, as well as animal toys and other interesting items. The shop shares its space with the Mombasa Marketplace, and are both located near the Kilimanjaro Safaris.

April 19

April 19, 2009 – Walt Disney World’s Space Mountain Attraction Closes for Refurbishment

“When renovation work finishes on the Space Mountain attraction at Walt Disney World Resort, it’ll be the same classic experience with a few new surprises.”

On April 19, 2009, the popular Walt Disney World attraction Space Mountain closed down for a much needed refurbishment. Although it was the first of all the Space Mountain attractions to be built, the Walt Disney World version’s rebuild was done after Disneyland Paris’ and Disneyland’s versions. Major changes to update the classic attraction included asteroid blasting games to play while in the queue, which extends the ride’s overall story to those waiting in line; the overall look of the attraction was updated to make it appear less dated and more 21st Century. The attraction was reopened to guests in November, 2009.

April 17

April 17, 2016 – The Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon is Held in Walt Disney World

“Follow Your Dark Side”

On April 17, 2016, the Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon was held in Walt Disney World. The celebration weekend kicked off on April 14, with the half marathon taking place on the 17th. This event, themed after the classic Star Wars series of films, was designed to be half of a Star Wars challenge, with Disneyland hosting the “Light Side” while Walt Disney World would host the “Dark Side.”  Plenty of guests dressed up in Star Wars-themed outfits and met characters from the franchise, including Stormtroopers. Jason Ryf from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, won the race with a time of 1:13:39, while Katie McGrath from Oakdale, New York, was the female finisher with a time of 1:24:05.

April 15

April 15, 1996 – The Attraction Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin Opens in Tokyo Disneyland

トゥーンタウンの裏通りや路地をキャブに乗ってドライブ。でも気をつけて!”

On April 15, 1996, the dark ride attraction Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin opened in Tokyo Disneyland’s Toontown area. Based on the hit film Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and derived from the original Disneyland attraction that opened in 1994, the attraction takes guests through the back alleys of Toontown via Lenny the Cab. Seated two to a car, guests can turn the cab to face all sorts of directions, even riding the attraction backwards if they so wish.

April 14

April 14, 1984 – The Alice in Wonderland Attraction in Disneyland Reopens

“Don’t be late, your adventure awaits.”

On April 14, 1984, the Disneyland dark ride attraction reopened after being closed for renovations for almost two years. The attraction, originally opening on June 14, 1958, featured cut-out figures of the classic characters, which were beginning to show serious wear by the 1980s. It was decided that the ride was due for a major overhaul, and when it reopened in 1984, the cut-outs were replaced by three-dimensional figures, along with new, state-of-the-art (at the time) lighting and special effects. Kathryn Beaumont, the voice of Alice from the animated feature, was brought back to record new lines for the ride’s narration.

April 13

April 13, 2015 – The Restaurant The Boathouse Opens in Disney Springs

“Set sail for upscale waterfront dining at Disney Springs – complete with retro dream boats, from vintage American Amphicars to romantic Italian Water Taxis

On April 13, 2015, the upscale restaurant The Boathouse opened in Disney Springs (previously Downtown Disney). The restaurant serves American style food, from steaks to seafood, including a raw bar; it is placed at The Landing, giving guests a good view of the water as they dine. The restaurant also offers champagne and wine-tasting cruises around the restaurant in an Italian water taxi.

April 12

April 12, 1992 – The Merchandise Store Sir Mickey’s Boutique Opens in Disneyland Paris

“Cross the stone floor to claim your prized Disney toy, accessory or plush.”

On April 12, 1992, the merchandise store Sir Mickey’s Boutique opened in Disneyland Paris’ Fantasyland. The store, decorated in the style of classic Disney short films Mickey and the Beanstalk and Brave Little Tailor, mainly sells toys and plush dolls, along with a limited variety of related accessories. A similar store opened in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park in 1996, replacing the Mickey’s Christmas Carol and The AristoCats shops.