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May 26

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May 26, 2017 – The Music of Pixar LIVE! A Symphony of Characters Begins

“Are you ready to see your favorite Disney•Pixar characters LIVE! at one of the most magical places on earth?”

On May 26, 2017, the live concert event The Music of Pixar LIVE! A Symphony of Characters began its run in Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios Park. This limited-time concert showing featured a full orchestra performing songs and score pieces from Pixar films, accompanied by character appearances of Woody, Jessie, and the Incredibles, among others. The show was performed at three different times each night, following the performances of Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage at the Theater of the Stars.

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May 14

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May 14, 2009 – Characters from Up Appear in Hollywood Studios

“Adventure is out there!”

On May 14, 2009, characters from the upcoming Pixar animated feature Up made their first appearance in Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios Park. The characters – Carl Fredericksen, Russell, and Dug – were on hand to greet guests near the Sorcerer’s Hat before moving to their regular location the following day in the Magic of Disney Animation attraction. After the film’s promotions ended, the characters were moved to Animal Kingdom.

May 2

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May 2, 1993 – The Theater of the Stars Temporarily Closes

On May 2, 1993, the Theater of the Stars closed at its location on Hollywood Boulevard in Disney-MGM Studios. The amphitheater area, known for its showings of the live stage show of Beauty and the Beast, had been open since the park’s opening on May 1, 1989. It closed to make way for the expansion of Sunset Boulevard; it eventually moved to its current location in the expanded Sunset Boulevard area.

March 4

March 4, 2011 – The Updated Disney Junior – Live on Stage Show Opens in Walt Disney World

“Enchanting puppets, whimsical scenery and catchy songs invite preschoolers to sign, dance and play.”

On March 4, 2011, the updated version of the Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage show, now called Disney Junior – Live on Stage, premiered in the Disney’s Hollywood Studios park within Walt Disney World. The show featured characters from popular Disney Junior Shows, such as Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Doc McStuffins, and Sofia the First. The 24-minute show features elaborate puppets of the characters, entertaining guests as they try to solve problems and go on adventures.

February 16

February 16, 1991 – The Live Action Show Dick Tracy Starring in Diamond Double-Cross Closes

“Tess, you’re one in a million!”

On February 16, 1991, the live action show Dick Tracy Starring in Diamond Double-Cross held its final performance in Walt Disney World’s Disney-MGM Studios. Opening on May 21, 1990, the show was created to help promote the Touchstone Pictures live action feature film Dick Tracy, which was released on June 15, 1990. The show’s plot featured Breathless Mahoney wishing to acquire the Balonian Diamond. When the diamond is stolen by Big Boy Caprice’s henchmen, Dick Tracy is on the case after being interrupted when trying to propose to Tess Trueheart.

February 14

February 14, 2012 – Paula Abdul Visits Walt Disney World

On February 14, 2012, entertainer and judge of American Idol Paula Abdul visited Walt Disney World. Abdul helped celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special photo shoot with none other than Minnie Mouse in Hollywood Studios, who wore a special heart-shaped polka dot dress to honor the day. Abdul had visited the park back in 2009, when the American Idol Experience attraction opened in Hollywood Studios.

January 13

January 13, 1990 – The Official Dedication of the Attraction Star Tours is Held at Disney-MGM Studios Park

On January 13, 1990, though the attraction had been open since December 15, 1989, an official dedication ceremony was held for the Star Tours attraction in Disney-MGM Studios Park. This was the second version of the attraction to open in a Disney park (with Disneyland receiving the first version on January 9, 1987), but this was the first version to receive a Hollywood treatment, complete with the recreation of the Ewok Village from Return of the Jedi for the queueing area, along with a 35-foot Imperial All-Terrain Armored Transport Walker. On hand for the ceremony were Star Wars creator George Lucas, film actors Mark Hammil and Carrie Fisher, and then-CEO Michael Eisner.