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September 25

September 25, 1957 – The Disneyland Episode “Adventure in Wildwood Heart” Premieres

On September 25, 1957, the episode of the Disneyland anthology series, titled “Adventure in Wildwood Heart” premiered on ABC. The episode was inspired by the filming for the True Life Fantasy Perri, which was based on the 1938 novel Perri: The Youth of a Squirrel by Felix Salten (who also wrote the book Bambi, a Life in the Woods which would inspire the animated feature film Bambi). Inspired by the surroundings of Utah – particularly that of Uinta National Forest – the crew took to calling the area Wildwood Heart. The episode explained the three-year process it took to film all the footage for the film, as described by film producer Winston Hibler. The episode was directed by Hamilton S. Luske.

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September 20

September 20, 1986 – The Television Special Disney’s Captain EO Grand Opening Premieres on NBC

“Now, join a galaxy of stars and celebrities as they gather in Disneyland for Disney’s Captain EO Grand Opening!”

On September 20, 1986, the television special Disney’s Captain EO Grand Opening premiered on NBC. It celebrated the new 3D musical attraction featuring Michael Jackson (which opened September 12, 1986), and featured Patrick Duffy and Justine Bateman as hosts. The special also featured performances by Belinda Carlisle, the Moody Blues, Robert Palmer, and Starship.

The special opens with a parade down Main Street before switching to the commentary by Bateman and Duffy, introducing many celebrities that were in attendance for the world premiere of Captain EO, including producer of the film George Lucas. The show then switches to a behind-the-scenes look of the film, along with an introduction of the characters in the film, including the villain played by Academy Award winning actress Anjelica Huston. The show also shows the complex choreography needed for the film, as it was a musical adventure experience.

August 12

August 12, 2012 – The Princess Fantasy Faire Attraction Closes

“Where happily ever after happens every day.”

On August 12, 2012, the Princess Fantasy Faire attraction in Disneyland closed. Open since October 6, 2006, the area provided guests with a chance to meet the Disney princesses, and was located right next to Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Guests were also able to participate in an interactive storytelling experience with a princess, and learn how to be a true princess or a knight in a coronation ceremony. The area was replaced in March 2013 with the Fantasy Faire, which gave guests more ease in meeting the princesses and watching a show.

January 21

January 21, 1955 – The Dairy Bar Opens in Disneyland

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“Nature’s most nearly perfect food.”

On January 21, 1955, the Dairy Bar opened in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland area. Sponsored by the American Dairy Association, it was a mix of a presentation about the future of milk and milk delivery and a quick service restaurant serving milk in a small dining room. The area did not prove to be as popular as other future-looking presentations within Tomorrowland, and was closed on September 1, 1958.

January 4

January 4, 1956 – The First Part of “When Knighthood Was in Flower” Premieres on Television

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“If your highness does not like the way we do and dance at my ball, you may retire as soon as you see fit.”

On January 4, 1956, the first part of the two-part television episode “When Knighthood Was in Flower” premiered on the Disney anthology series Disneyland. This two-part episode was the premiere of the live-action feature film The Sword and the Rose, which had been released to theaters on July 23, 1953, edited for a television audience and broadcasted in black and white. The title for the television airing is taken from the book on which the film was originally based, written by Edwin Caskoden (pen name for American author Charles Major). The second episode would premiere on January 11, 1956.

December 29

December 29, 1954 – The Disney Anthology Episode “Beaver Valley/Cameras in Africa” Premieres on ABC

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On December 29, 1954, the Disneyland episode “Beaver Valley/Cameras in Africa” premiered in ABC. Part of the Disney anthology series, this episode showed an edited version Disney’s True-Life Adventure featurette Beaver Valley along with some behind the scenes footage of the filming for The African Lion. The footage for the latter segment included a look with Alfred and Elma Milotte, who shot many of the True-Life Adventures for the company, as they film many of Africa’s wildlife. The African Lion would go on to premiere in theaters on September 14, 1955. This episode would eventually be rerun under the title “Cameras in Africa/Beaver Valley.”

June 25

June 25, 1967 – The Circle-Vision 360 Film America the Beautiful Opens in Disneyland

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“She is a rich land, and a rare land. A fresh, and fair, land.”

On June 25, 1967, the Circle-Vision 360 film America the Beautiful opened in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. The film, originally known as a Circarama film, opened at the Brussels World’s Fair in 1958 before being brought to Disneyland in 1960. This 1967 version is a reshot version of the original film, and was revised again in 1975 for the American Bicentennial celebrations. Shot with nine cameras on a circular stand, the film gives guests a 360 experience of important American landscapes and American ways of life. It was closed on January 3, 1984, and was replaced by American Journeys. A 16mm version of the film was created for educational purposes in 1980.