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April 17

April 17, 2009 – The Themed Store Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Opens in Disneyland

“Behold a royal transformation as everyday kids turn into elegant princesses and shining knights – right before your eyes!”

On April 17, 2009, the popular shop Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique opened in Disneyland. Originally opening in Walt Disney World on April 5, 2006, the store is a salon that styles girls to look like princesses and boys to look like knights. Little girls can pick from one of eight packages, ranging from being styled like Anna and Elsa from Frozen, to a specialty package that dressed them up to look like a Disney princess. Boys can choose the Knight Package, which includes hairstyling, a sword and shield set, and confetti. This was the fourth version of the salon to open in Disney parks, with others opening in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland Hotel.

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April 13

April 13, 1984 – The Alice in Wonderland Attraction Finishes Remodeling

“You’re late for a very important date!”

On April 13, 1984, the Fantasyland attraction Alice in Wonderland finished its extensive remodeling, and reopened the following day. Open since June 14, 1958, the ride was closed on September 6, 1982, to be redesigned as part of the new Fantasyland expansion. This expansion included new sculpted figures, updated animation, and state-of-the-art special effects. Original Alice actress Kathryn Beaumont came back to reprise her role and record new lines for the update.

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.

March 30

March 30, 1996 – The Mike Fink Keel Boats Attraction Reopens in Disneyland

On March 30, 1996, the Mike Fink Keel Boats attraction reopened in Disneyland after being closed for two years. The attraction, named after the boats from the Davy Crockett television serial (specifically the episode “Davy Crockett’s Keel Boat Race”), had originally been open since December 25, 1955, before it closed in 1994. This reopening was short-lived, however, as the attraction was closed permanently on May 17, 1997. Versions of the attraction were available in Walt Disney World (opening on October 1, 1971), and Disneyland Paris (also known as River Rogue Keelboats, and opening April 12, 1992).

March 29

March 29, 1955 – Disney Brokers Deal with Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railway Company

On March 29, 1955, the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company became an official sponsor for the new Disneyland park, particularly lending the Santa Fe name to the proposed railroad attraction. This sponsorship, which cost $50,000 a year for five years (almost $474,000 in 2019 dollars), allowed the railway attraction to be known as the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad; this name would be changed to simply the Disneyland Railroad when sponsorship ended on September 30, 1974. The money from this sponsorship allowed the attraction to be ready on opening day of the park, July 17, 1955, and featured two steam locomotives: the C.K. Holliday (named for the founder of Atchison and Topeka Railway, Cyrus Kurtz Holliday), and the E.P. Ripley (named for Edward Payson Ripley, the first president of Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway).

March 27

March 27, 1961 – The Snow White Grotto Opens in Disneyland

“Nestled amid the greenery near Sleeping Beauty Castle, the lovely little water wonderland adorned with handcrafted figures of Snow White, Doc, Dopey, Bashful, Sleepy, Happy, Grumpy and Dopey…”

On March 27, 1961, the Snow White Grotto area opened in Disneyland, just outside of Sleeping Beauty Castle. The grotto came about due to a collection of marble sculptures that Walt had ordered from Italy, and Imagineer John Hench was asked to create an area to display them. Hench was dismayed, however, to find that Snow White and the dwarfs were the same size (this sizing issue apparently was traced back to a package of Snow White gift soaps, from which the models were based, which featured the characters all the same size), and used “forced perspective” to make it appear that Snow White was larger than the dwarfs. The marble statues have since been replaced by fiberglass statues after the marble became discolored through the years. The area also features a wishing well, where guests can throw coins and make their wish, with the proceeds donated to charity. In 1983, the original voice of Snow White, Adriana Castelotti, was asked to come in and rerecord “I’m Wishing” for the New Fantasyland opening. The song is heard over the waterfall and echoing back from the well.