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November 22

November 22, 2016 – The Restaurant Camp Woodchuck Kitchen Opens in Tokyo Disneyland

アメリカ河を眺めながら、キャンプ気分でお食事が楽しめるレストラン”

On November 22, 2016, the quick service restaurant Camp Woodchuck Kitchen opened in Tokyo Disneyland’s Westernland area. The name is based on the Junior Woodchuck group of which Donald Duck’s nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie were members, and is themed like an American summer camp; the restaurant is also located where guests are able to watch the canoes on the Rivers of America. The restaurant’s menu features waffle sandwiches, smoked turkey legs, and hot ginger lemonade.

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November 3

November 3, 1998 – The Skyway to Tomorrowland Attraction Closes in Tokyo Disneyland

“See Tokyo Disneyland from the air”

On November 3, 1998, the Tokyo Disneyland attraction Skyway to Tomorrowland closed. Opening on April 15, 1983, it was the third version of the attraction, based on the original Disneyland attraction that opened in 1956. It was considered a Fantasyland attraction, taking guests by a gondola on a cable from Fantasyland over to Tomorrowland. While it was the third version of the attraction to open, it was the second to close, with the version in Walt Disney World closing the following year.

October 21

October 21, 2004 – Hong Kong Disneyland Names First Ambassador

On October 21, 2004, Hong Kong Disneyland named Angela To as its first park ambassador. The tradition of park ambassadors began in 1965 with Julie Reihm for Disneyland Park, and the ambassador travels to and participates in special events, including parades and interviews. The ambassadors also attend a special training in Disneyland and Walt Disney World. To would serve as the ambassador and be present as Hong Kong Disneyland officially opened on September 12, 2005.

October 16

October 16, 1998 – Twenty-One New Inductees Are Named Disney Legends

“That’s a whole lot of legends!”

On October 16, 1998, twenty-one new Disney Legends were honored in a special ceremony at the new Disney Legends Plaza at the Walt Disney Studios. The plaza was also dedicated on this day, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Walt Disney Company. The honorees were an eclectic mix of those individuals who had a lasting impact on the history and success of the Walt Disney Company, and ranged from actors to executives. Among those honored were Disney Company managing director for England and Europe, Cyril James; company treasurer, Don Escen; former chairman of the Oriental Land Company, Masatomo Takahashi; film editor, Lloyd Richardson; first Alice actress, Virginia Davis; animator Bill Tytla; animator and director Wilfred Jackson; actress Kathryn Beaumont; animator and director Ben Sharpsteen; director, writer, producer, and narrator Jim Algar; merchandising executive Kay Kamen; former president of Walt Disney Enterprises of Japan, Matsuo Yokoyama; documentary film makers Al and Elma Milotte; actress Gynis Johns; actress Hayley Mills; actor Kurt Russell; documentary film maker Paul Kenworthy; director and producer Larry Lansburgh; composer Buddy Baker; film editor Norman “Stormy” Palmer; and actor Dick Van Dyke. Of those honored, James, Tytla, Jackson, Sharpsteen, Algar, Kamen, and the Milottes were honored posthumously.

October 4

October 4, 2007 – The French Production of The Lion King Premieres at the Theatre Mogador

“The cast is wonderful to look at and gorgeous to listen to. I find them very compelling.” – Disney Theatrical Productions President Thomas Schumacher

On October 4, 2007, the first French production of the popular Broadway musical The Lion King, known as Le Roi Lion, opened at the newly renovated Theatre Mogador in Paris. The musical was performed completely in French, and was translated from English by Stéphane Laporte, a Molière Award winning writer. The French case included Zama Magudulela as Rafiki, Jee-L as Mufasa, Olivier Breiman as Scar, Jérémy Fontanet as Simba, Léah Vincent as Nala, David Eguren as Zazu, Christian Abart as Timon, and Fabrice de la Villehervé as Pumbaa. Several key members involved with the original Broadway production were in the audience, including original director and designer Julie Taymor, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger, and President of Disney Theatrical Productions Thomas Schumacher.

October 1

October 1, 1982 – The Specialty Snack Shop Süssigkeiten Opens in Epcot’s Germany’s Pavilion

On October 1, 1982, the German snack shop Süssigkeiten opened in the Germany Pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase. Süssigkeiten, which means “sweets” in German, featured a variety of German treats, ranging from Haribo gummies to Lorenz Pomsticks. The store was renamed to the Stein Haus, and features the same snacks alongside a variety of beer steins and other German-related merchandise.

September 12

September 12, 2005 – The Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad Opens

“Depart from turn-of-the-century America onboard a vintage locomotive for a scenic tour of Hong Kong Disneyland Park.”

On September 12, 2005, the Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad opened, with stations located in Fantasyland and Main Street, USA. The railroad is a mainstay of Disney Parks, going back to Walt Disney’s passion for model trains, as well as the original Disneyland Railroad. Hong Kong Disneyland features three locomotives named after important figures in Disney Company history: Walter E. Disney, Roy O. Disney, and Frank G. Wells.