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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.

May 10

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May 10, 2010 – The Attraction MicroAdventure! Closes in Tokyo Disneyland

On May 10, 2010, the 3-D film attraction MicroAdventure!, a revised version of the Honey, I Shrunk the Audience attraction from Epcot, officially closed. Having been open since April 15, 1997, the Japanese attraction featured new sequences that would appeal to Japanese audiences. The attraction had been sponsored by the Japan Credit Bureau, and was replaced by the Captain EO Tribute.

April 26

April 26, 2018 – The Disney-Pixar Toy Story Land Expansion of Shanghai Disney Opens

“We’re incredibly proud of the success of this one-of-a-kind, world-class destination and we are thrilled to give our Chinese guests even more to explore and enjoy at the resort with the addition of a spectacular new land based on Pixar’s beloved Toy Story characters.” – Bob Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company

On April 26, 2018, the first major expansion of the Shanghai Disneyland park, known as Disney-Pixar Toy Story Land, opened. Shanghai Disneyland, open since 2016, had quickly become the most successful theme park to open in China; likewise, the Toy Story franchise had a huge impact on China, with Toy Story 3 becoming the highest-grossing Pixar film in China at the time. The expansion gave guests the illusion of being the size of a toy as they travel through the exquisitely decorated area, meeting characters from the film and having unique dining experiences. Similar expansions were also built in Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, to much success. The grand opening ceremony featured CEO Bob Iger among a variety of local Chinese government officials and honored guests.