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July 17

July 17, 1992 – The Animated Short Film Off His Rockers Premieres

On July 17, 1992, the animated short film Off His Rockers premiered in theaters. It was an experimental piece for the Disney Studio, Disney using some early form of computer animation within the short. It was directed by Barry Cook, and animated at the Disney-MGM Studios.

The short begins with a little boy playing video games, while his old rocking horse peeks at him from behind the closet door. The horse rocks his way out to see the boy, eyes wide with fatigue, and attempts ot get his attention by rocking around the room, only to break off one of his rockers. Realizing he can walk without the rocking pieces, he continues to try and get the boy’s attention through various antics, including kicking the game way. Unfortunately, this only angers the boy, and he runs to get the game. As the boy runs to get his controller, he steps on a picture of him and the rocking horse, and spies the horse sadly reapplying his rocking pieces. The boy has a change of heart and dons his old Western gear after turning off his game for good. The two race around the room before running off into the sunset for a new adventure.

July 12

July 12, 2015 – The Magic of Disney Animation Area Closes in Hollywood Studios

“Work is underway on a new experience, and we look forward to sharing more information in the future.”

On July 12, 2015, the attraction area The Magic of Disney Animation closed in Hollywood Studios to make way for the new Star Wars-themed area. It was one of the original attractions from the park’s opening in 1989, and originally explained animation to guests while working as an active animation studio. The animation studio closed in 2003, but the area still featured explanations of the process of animation, along with special character meet and greets. The area now is home to the Star Wars Launch Bay.

June 21

June 21, 1996 – The Hunchback of Notre Dame – A Musical Adventure Stage Show Opens in Disney-MGM Studios

“A cast of medieval puppets and 21 live performers tell the story of the bell ringer Quasimodo in Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame: A Musical Adventure at Disney-MGM Studios.”

On June 21, 1996, the stage show Hunchback of Notre Dame – A Musical Adventure opened at the Backstage Theater in Disney-MGM Studios (now Hollywood Studios) at Walt Disney World. Based on the animated feature film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the show promoted the film and was part of Walt Disney World’s 25th anniversary celebrations. The show closed its run on September 28, 2002.

June 12

June 12, 1994 – The Merchandise Store Legends of Hollywood Opens in Hollywood Studios

Star Wars fans, your shop has come in!”

On June 12, 1994, the specialty merchandise store opened in Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. Located on Sunset Boulevard, the store changes often to fit a popular theme; as of 2017, the store focuses on special merchandise from the Star Wars franchise, including kitchenware, ear hats, and “creations from top designers.”

May 31

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May 31, 2008 – Pixar Place Opens in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

“The stars of Disney Pixar’s Toy Story films are ‘ready on set’ at Woody’s Picture Shootin’ Corral.”

On May 31, 2008, the Pixar-themed area Pixar Place opened in Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park. The area features the popular attraction Toy Story Midway Mania, along with a meet and greet with Toy Story characters Woody and Buzz, and the Toy Story Dept. merchandise store.

May 26

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May 26, 1990 – The Merchandise Spot Calling Dick Tracy Opens in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

“Starring YOU…in your screen test debut.”

On May 26, the themed merchandise spot Calling Dick Tracy opened in Disney’s Hollywood Studios park. Located on Hollywood Boulevard, the store was created to promote the live-action feature film Dick Tracy, which opened on June 15, 1990. The store gave guests a chance to star in their own Dick Tracy adventure and take home a video version. The store eventually closed on January 12, 1991, and was replaced with Legends of Hollywood.

April 30

April 30, 2008 – The Jonas Brothers Try the New Toy Story Mania Attraction

On April 30, 2008, Disney Channel stars and popular band The Jonas Brothers took a spin on the new Toy Story Mania attraction in Walt Disney World, which was set to open on May 31, 2008. The band was in the park filming Disney Channel Games, an Olympic-style event for Disney Channel stars to compete against each other. Along with the Jonas Brothers, stars Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, and the Cheetah Girls were also on hand to film the show and check out the attractions in Hollywood Studios.