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July 28

July 28, 2005 – The Lion King Begins Performances at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne

On July 28, 2005, the second Australian production of The Lion King kicked off its run at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, Australia. The production lasted almost one year at this theater before closing on June 4, 2006; it went back to Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on December 12, 2013. This production was the 9th production of the popular Broadway musical running around the world, with shows also running across North America, Tokyo, London, Hamburg, and Madrid.

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July 14

July 14, 2012 – The Restaurant Lucky Nugget Saloon Opens in Hong Kong Disneyland

“If your stomach is growling like a grizzly bear, grab some Wild West flavor with a hearty meal or a quick snack.”

On July 14, 2012, the quick service restaurant Lucky Nugget Saloon opened in the Grizzly Gulch area of Hong Kong Disneyland. The restaurant serves such meals as fish and chips, chicken nuggets, and Disney character pasta salad.

July 13

July 13, 2006 – The Attraction Autopia Opens in Hong Kong Disneyland

On July 13, 2006, the Tomorrowland attraction Autopia opened in Hong Kong Disneyland. It was the fifth version of the original race track attraction, with the first Autopia opening in Disneyland on July 17, 1955. The Hong Kong Disneyland version opened as part of the park’s first expansion, featuring electric cars and special lighting effects. The attraction closed on June 11, 2016, to make way for a new Marvel-themed attraction.

July 8

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July 8, 2008 – The Themed Store Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Opens in Tokyo Disneyland

おとぎ話に出てくるようなビューティーサロンで、憧れのディズニープリンセスに変身!

On July 8, 2008, the popular shop Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique opened in Tokyo Disneyland. Originally opening in Walt Disney World on April 5, 2006, the store is a salon that styles girls to look like princesses. Little girls can pick from one of seven packages, ranging from being styled like Anna and Elsa from Frozen, to a premium Cinderella package that features a special dress. This was the third version of the salon to open in Disney parks, with others opening in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Shanghai Disneyland.

July 7

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July 7, 1898 – Publisher and Disney Legend Paul Winkler is Born

“When it comes to comic books published in France, Paul started it all.” – Roy E. Disney

On July 7, 1898, Paul Winker was born in Budapest, Hungary. After graduating from the University of Amsterdam, he moved to Paris, France, and opened a press agency called Opera Mundi; this agency sold articles to newspapers all across Western Europe. Eager to bring the popular Mickey Mouse to French audiences, Winkler was able to sell King Features comic strips to the French press, and developed the first French Mickey Mouse comic magazine, Le Journal de Mickey, in 1934. At its prime, the magazine boasted a circulation of 400,000. In 1940, after Paris was invaded by Nazi troops, Winkler and his family emigrated to New York, where he then opened the Press Alliance, which featured articles from the top writers of the era. Winkler also became a foreign political columnist for the Washington Post, and co-wrote anti-Nazi books with his wife, including Paris Underground, which became a film in 1945. After World War II ended, Winkler returned to France and moved back into Disney publishing ventures, including the comic book Hardi, Presente Donald in 1947, and the reissue of Le Journal de Mickey in 1952, which sold over 650,000 copies a week. Winkler passed away on September 23, 1982, in Melun, France. For his efforts in bringing Mickey Mouse comics to France, he was posthumously awarded as a Disney Legend in 1997.

June 16

June 16, 2016 – The Shanghai Disneyland Band Begins Performing

“Get in the swing as this lively ensemble welcomes you to Mickey Avenue with a high-spirited mix of music and fun.”

On June 16, 2016, the Shanghai Disneyland Band began their performances on Shanghai Disneyland’s Mickey Avenue. This entertainment ensemble features marching band instruments, along with some slide whistles and kazoos to entertain guests of all ages. The show last twenty minutes, and occurs throughout the day.

June 9

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June 9, 2007 – The Attraction Cars Quatre Roues Rallye Opens in Disneyland Paris

“Rev up your engines and zoom alongside Lightning McQueen in this speedy circuit from the world of Cars.

On June 9, 2007, the Toon Studios attraction Cars Quatre Roues Rallye opened in Disneyland Paris’ Walt Disney Studios Park. Based on the Pixar film franchise Cars, guests board cars that spin around in a Radiator Springs service station area; the spinning ability is similar to the Mad Tea Party attraction found in most Disney parks.