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December 5

December 5, 1990 – Espace Euro Disney Opens

“When the dream becomes reality.”

On December 5, 1990, the preview center for Euro Disney, known as Espace Euro Disney, opened. At the time, the concept of Euro Disney was under intense pressure and scrutiny by the French, and this preview center was opened to introduce the French to the park. It was built to drum up interest and act as a marketing center, showing off concept art and small models of coming attractions. by the time the park opened in 1992, the space was no longer needed, and the main Disney elements of the building were taken down. The center officially closed on March 22, 1992.

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November 25

November 25, 2013 – Disney’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Opens in Harrods

On November 25, 2013, the first version of the popular Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique to open outside the Disney Parks was officially opened in Harrods Department Store in London, England. The opening of the boutique was a part of a larger deal between the world-famous department store and Disney, which also included a new Disney Store and a Disney Café. The boutique was specifically designed for a UK audience, designed as a castle within the Harrods walls. Guests between the ages of 3 and 12 are able to transform into princesses or knights. Both Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and the Disney Store closed on June 1, 2017.

October 30

October 30, 1997 – DisneyFest Kicks Off in Singapore

“DisneyFest is the first venture of Singapore-based Disney Entertainment Projects.”

On October 30, 1997, an event called DisneyFest kicked off its run in Singapore. Originally beginning as a traveling fair called The Disney Fair, its goal was to bring Disney to other states within the United States. Opening in Puyallup, Washington, the fair only succeeded in traveling a few stops before disbanding. However, it was believed that the fair setup would be successful in Asia, and would be a testing ground for other Asian Disney projects, including potential theme parks. The fair featured a live stage show, exhibits, games, shopping, and inflatable Mickeys.

October 29

October 29, 2005 – Laura Michelle Kelly Plays Final Performance as Mary Poppins

“After [performing in Mary Poppins] for two years in London, I just needed a break.”

On October 29, 2005, after 400 performances, actress Laura Michelle Kelly played her final performance as the titular character in the West End musical Mary Poppins. It was announced that the role would then be portrayed by Scarlet Strallen; Kelly traveled to Singapore to star in a production of A Twist of Fate. Kelly would return to the role of Mary Poppins in October, 2009, this time at the New Amsterdam Theater on Broadway.

October 25

October 25, 2000 – The Shopping Center Val d’Europe Opens Next to Disneyland Paris

“Discover Val d’Europe where there are over 150 shops catering to your every need, giving you a shopping experience like no other!”

On October 25, 2000, the international shopping center Val d’Europe opened right next to Disneyland Paris. Leased to SEGECE, the factory outlet mall features stores ranging from the Apple Store to La Grand Récré. The shopping center also features the region’s largest aquarium, which is home to over 350 varieties of sea creature. The center is a mere five minute bus ride from Disneyland Paris park.

October 16

October 16, 2003 – Eleven Inductees are Honored as Disney Legends

“Today, the Walt Disney Company will celebrate, recognize and reward those who have contributed their creativity and imagination to the Disney heritage in the 2003 Disney Legends ceremony.”

On October 16, 2003, eleven members of Disney history were inducted as Disney Legends. Among those honored were comic publisher Al Taliaferro; Disney representative to New Zealand, Neil Beckett; actor Buddy Hackett; director Richard Fleischer; wife of Disney and supporter of the Disney Company, Edna Disney; advisor and trustee of the California Institute of the Arts, Harrison “Buzz” Price; former Vice President of Engineering, Design, and Production, Orlando Ferrante; composer and co-founder of Disneyland Records, Tutti Camarata; comic strip artist Floyd Gottfredson; voice actress for Cinderella, Ilene Woods; and last but not least, Lillian Disney, who performed many behind-the-scenes acts to keep the company, and her husband’s legacy, alive. Among the eleven honored, only five were alive at the time of the ceremony: Richard Fleischer, Harrison Price, Orlando Ferrante, Tutti Camarata, and Ilene Woods.

October 1

October 1, 1982 – The Tea Caddy Opens in Epcot

“Brew the perfect cuppa with Twinings tea and tea accessories, and browse British sweets, cookies and royal memorabilia.”

On October 1, 1982, the specialty shop The Tea Caddy opened in the United Kingdom pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase at Walt Disney World. The store specializes in tea from the British brand Twinings, which has been selling tea since 1706; the store also sells a variety of tea biscuits and assorted sweets, ranging in brands from McVitie’s to Cadbury, along with everything one would need to brew the perfect cup of tea.