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October 18

October 18, 2004 – The Animation Academy Opens in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

“…guests can stop into the pavilion’s Animation Academy and learn how to draw a real Disney character from one of our character artists…”

On October 18, 2004, the Animation Academy opened in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. This instructor-led animation school was the third version to open, and the second in Walt Disney World (with the first opening in DisneyQuest in Downtown Disney). It was located in the Magic of Disney Animation area, featuring a film about how animation is done, along with some character meet-and-greets of characters not often seen in the park. The area closed on July 13, 2015, to become the Star Wars Launch Bay.

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October 2

October 2, 1996 – The Coffee Shop Buy the Book Opens in Disney-MGM Studios

On October 2, 1996, the coffee and bookshop Buy the Book opened in Disney-MGM Studios’s New York Street, located in Walt Disney World. Based on the store of the same name from the ABC comedy Ellen, the shop was tucked into the corner of the street, with guests able to take a break with a cup of coffee and a good book. When the series ended in 1998, the store was revamped to become The Writer’s Stop, though it retained its service of selling coffee and books.

September 29

September 29, 1991 – The Studio Showcase Attraction Opens in Disney-MGM Studios

On September 29, 1991, the Studio Showcase walkthrough attraction opened in Disney-MGM Studios (now Hollywood Studios) Park in Walt Disney World. Hosted by the American Film Institute, the attraction gave guests a chance to see a variety of exhibits that featured costumes and props from famous films after going through the Studio Backlot Tour Guests also could buy items from a gift shop in the same location. The attraction closed on August 16, 2014.

September 26

September 26, 1991 – The Restaurant Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano Opens in Disney-MGM Studios

“Once upon a time, a young girl from a small Sicilian village moved from Hollywood to become a star.”

On September 26, 1991, the casual dining restaurant Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano opened in Disney-MGM Studios (now known as Hollywood Studios) in Walt Disney World. To fit with the theme of the glamor of Hollywood, the backstory of the restaurant is that a young girl came to Hollywood to make it big, but ended up creating a restaurant that caught the attention of the top industry insiders. The restaurant features Italian-themed favorites such as fried calamari, four-cheese baked macaroni, and tiramisu.

September 14

September 14, 1998 – The Candy Store Sweet Spells Opens in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

On September 14, 1998, the specialty store Sweet Spells opened in Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park, located in Walt Disney World. The store sells a variety of sweet treats, including rice krispie treats, fudge, and gourmet apples. The store also sells specialty treats for various holiday seasons, particularly Halloween and Christmas.

August 4

August 4, 2001 – The Live Show The Bear in the Big Blue House Show Closes in Disney-MGM Studios

“Welcome to the Blue House!”

On August 4, 2001, the live show The Bear in the Big Blue House Show had its final performance in Disney-MGM Studios (now known as Hollywood Studios). The show had played for over a year, and featured the characters from the hit kids television show Bear in the Big Blue House singing songs. The show was replaced by Playhouse Disney: Live on Stage, which had segments featuring the cast of Bear in the Big Blue House.

August 2

August 2, 2012 – American Idol Phillip Phillips Visits Disney’s Hollywood Studios

“…have fun with it, don’t let the nerves get to you, like I’m nervous right now.”

On August 12, 2012, the newest American Idol Phillip Phillips surprised guests by visiting the American Idol Experience attraction in Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park. Phillips was joined by a string of season 13 contestants, including Hollie Cavannaugh, Jessica Sanchez, and Joshua Ladet. Phillips also took pictures outside the attraction with Mickey and Minnie Mouse.