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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.

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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.

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.”