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May 13

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May 13, 1996 – The Antiques Shop One-of-a-Kind Closes in Disneyland

On May 13, 1996, the antique shop located in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square, known as One-of-a-Kind, officially closed. Open in the area in 1967, the store was inspired by Lillian Disney’s love of antiques, and featured a variety of specialty pieces, such as music boxes and porcelain vases. In 1995, the store shifted from antiques to reproductions and gifts. After closing in 1996, the store became the Disney-themed cooking store Le Gourmet.

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May 8

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May 8, 1991 – Disney Announces Plans for Disneyland Expansion

On May 8, 1991, Disney officially announced their plans for a $3-billion expansion to Disneyland, including a second theme park that was going to be called Westcot. Also announced in this expansion was a shopping district with hotels. Westcot was to be California’s version of Epcot, a park dedicated to science, technology, and innovation, but with a more modern, Californian look to it. Unfortunately, the park ran into issues, particularly with its placement in the city of Anaheim. The initial failure of Disneyland Paris also led to the Westcot project being shelved in 1995.

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 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.

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.