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December 9

December 9, 2002 – Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular Opens in the Hyperion Theater

“Ah, the Cave of Wonders. The setting of one of our most famous legends. The tale of the magic lamp.”

On December 9, 2002, the live-action musical show Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular opened in the Hyperion Theater in Disney California Adventure. Following the popular performance piece The Power of BLAST!, the show was a Broadway-style production of the popular animated feature film Aladdin. While the show opened in December, it had its official debut on January 17, 2003. The story follows the animated film fairly closely, with a new song written for the show by composer Alan Menken: “To Be Free.” The show closed on January 10, 2016.

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October 13

October 13, 2008 – The Sun Wheel Attraction Closes

“Hop inside a roomy gondola for a breeze, 9-minute jaunt above Paradise Bay.”

On October 13, 2008, the Ferris wheel thrill attraction Sun Wheel closed at Paradise Pier. The ride was designed to fit Disney California Adventure’s theme of the boardwalks in California around the turn of the century, but when the park went through an overhaul in 2008, it was deemed that this ride would be one of those to change. Although the swinging gondola aspect of the ride did not change, what did was the design, replacing the giant sun face on the wheel with a picture of Mickey Mouse.

October 10

October 10, 2005 – The Animation Academy Opens in Disney California Adventure

“Discover how Disney characters are brought to life during a hands-on presentation with a Disney artist.”

On October 10, 2005, the Animation Academy opened in Disney California Adventure. This was the fourth version of this instructor-led animation school, with the first version having opened in Walt Disney World’s DisneyQuest in 1998. Guests can come in and learn from professional Disney animators on how to draw a variety of Disney characters. Animation Academy is located in the Disney Animation Building, where guests can learn more about the process of animation.

October 7

October 7, 2002 – The Area Flik’s Fun Fair Opens in Disney California Adventure

“Hop inside a discarded food carton for a gentle flight above Flik’s Fun Fair.”

On October 7, 2002, Flik’s Fun Fair opened in A Bug’s Land area of Disney California Adventure. Based on the Pixar animated feature A Bug’s Life, the area features attractions suited for younger guests. Guests are “shrunk down” to the size of a bug after going through a fallen cereal box, and can experience attractions based on particular attributes of characters, such as the inventive nature of main character Flik. The attraction includes Flik’s Flyers, Tuck & Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies, Heimlick’s Chew Chew Train, Francis’s Ladybug Boogie, and Princess Dot Puddle Park.

June 15

June 15, 2012 – The Merchandise Stop Oswald’s Opens in Disney California Adventure

“Top off your supply of Disney merchandise…including retro merchandise inspired by one of Walt Disney’s first creations and the shop’s namesake, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.”

On June 15, 2012, the merchandise stop Oswald’s opened in Disney California Adventure Park. Fashioned like a classic gas station, the store features merchandise for one of Disney’s first creations, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Since The Walt Disney Company’s reacquisition of Oswald in 2006, this store is one of the many changes to incorporate the character into the park and other company holdings. The store also features specialty merchandise featuring the classic character.

June 7

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June 7, 2012 – Ghirardelli’s Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop Opens in Disney’s California Adventure

“Strike it rich with sublime sundaes, ice cream cones, shakes and hot drinks made with premium Ghirardelli chocolate.”

On June 7, 2012, the specialty store Ghirardelli’s Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop opened in Disney’s California Adventure park. Although a San Francisco-based company, the first version of this store opened in Downtown Disney of Walt Disney World in 1997. The store sells packaged Ghirardelli chocolate, along with a selection of treats for guests to enjoy, including the famous banana hot fudge sundae. The store is located on the Pacific Wharf part of the park.

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June 2, 2011 – A Special Ceremony is Held to Celebrate the Opening of The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

“…because at our heart, great storytelling is what we are all about.” – Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Tom Staggs

On June 2, 2011, a special ceremony was held in Disney’s California Adventure park to celebrate the opening of the newest attraction The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. On hand to kick off the celebrations was the voice of Ariel, Jodi Benson, who performed the song “Part of Your World,” along with The Little Mermaid musical performer Sherie Rene Scott, who performed “Poor Unfortunate Souls.” The attraction was opened to the public the following day.