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March 16

March 16, 2002 – The Restaurant Backlot Express Opens in Walt Disney Studios Paris

“Dine amongst Disney blockbusters in this industrial props warehouse serving up a range of hot and cold dishes.”

On March 16, 2002, the quick-service restaurant Backlot Express opened in the Walt Disney Studios Paris park of Disneyland Paris. Similar to the original restaurant that opened in Walt Disney World’s Disney-MGM Studios park, it served fast versions of American dishes, including sandwiches and pizza. The restaurant was revised in June 2009, when it became the Backlot Express Restaurant, and was themed to be a props storage room.

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March 8

March 8, 1999 – The Swiss Family Treehouse Closes in Disneyland

“Explore the ultimate treehouse – and behold breathtaking views – inspired by the classic Disney film, Swiss Family Robinson.”

On March 8, 1999, the long-standing Adventureland attraction Swiss Family Treehouse closed in Disneyland. Based on the treehouse from the 1960 live action feature film Swiss Family Robinson, the man-made tree structure had been open since 1962; it was repurposed to advertise the latest animated feature film Tarzan by becoming Tarzan’s Treehouse. The treehouse was redesigned to fit the treehouse seen in the animated feature, added vignettes and mementos to explain Tarzan’s life story, and included a base camp area set up by Jane and Tarzan. Versions of the Swiss Family Treehouse still exist in other Disney Parks, such as Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, and Tokyo Disneyland.

March 4

March 4, 1962 – The Restaurant Don DeFore’s Silver Banjo Closes in Disneyland

“Down on New Orleans Street Over in Frontierland Near Tom Sawyer Island is Don DeFore’s Silver Banjo in Enchanting Disneyland. Finest Barbecue this side of the Mississippi!”

On March 4, 1962, the Frontierland food facility Don Defore’s Silver Banjo closed in Disneyland. Opening on June 15, 1957, the restaurant was named after the actor Don DeFore, who was best known for playing “Thorny” Thornberry on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriett and for playing George Baxter on Hazel. The facility mostly provided barbecue dishes. It was closed to allow the expansion of the Aunt Jemima Pancake House.

February 21

February 21, 2004 – Snow White – An Enchanting New Musical Has Premiere at Fantasyland Theater

“Live on stage at Disneyland!”

On February 21, 2004, the elaborate stage show Snow White – An Enchanting New Musical had a premiere at Disneyland’s Fantasyland Theater, two days before its official opening. It was the most elaborate stage production to be held at that theater at the time, and was produced exclusively for the park. The musical ran until 2006 when it was replaced by the Disney Princess Fantasy Faire. The show was free with park admission. It was directed by Eric Schaeffer, with the show adapted by Norman Allen and Darrah Cloud. It originally starred Anne Warren as Snow White, Stuart Ambrose as the Prince, Elizabeth Wardland as the Queen, Lisa Wolpe as the Hag, and featured the voice of Patrick Stewart as the Magic Mirror.

February 17

February 17, 1960 – The Space Station X-1 Exhibit Closes in Disneyland

“See America from Outer Space”

On February 17, 1960, the Space Station X-1 exhibit, located in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland, officially closed. One of the park’s original opening day attractions, the exhibit gave guests a view of the Earth from what was eventually called the “Satellite View of America.” This scenic painting of the Earth was created by artist Peter Ellenshaw.

February 14

February 14, 2018 – The Specialty Shop Disney Home Opens in Disneyland

“Bring the magic home by adding a dash of pixie dust of pixie dust to every room in your castle.”

On February 14, 2018, the Disney-themed home goods store Disney Home opened in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney area. The store’s offerings range from dishware to art, as well as decorative and seasonal décor, covering a range of Disney characters and franchises. The store also changes its offerings over the seasons.

February 8

February 8, 2001 – The Quick-Service Restaurant Award Wieners Opens in Disney California Adventure

“Introducing an all-star ensemble of gourmet, street-style hot dogs and sausages.”

On February 8, 2001, the quick-service restaurant Award Wieners opened in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot area of Disney California Adventure. The restaurant sells gourmet hot dogs, such as the BBQ Crunch Dog, and the Spicy City Dog, as well as specialty fries and seasonal offerings.