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August 30

August 30, 2007 – The Honda ASIMO Robot Appears in Disneyland

“With the ability to run nearly 4 miles per hour, the all-new ASIMO humanoid robot is advancing closer to in-home applications.”

On August 30, 2007, the Honda humanoid robot ASIMO premiered in its own stage show at Disneyland. ASIMO, which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, has been given several upgrades for this stage show, including the ability to run and increased artificial intelligence to help interact better with guests. This 15-minute stage show was held at the Honda ASIMO Theatre inside the Innoventions attraction. It was the only permanent installation of ASIMO in North America.

August 18

August 18, 2006 – The Stage Version of High School Musical Premieres at Stagedoor Manor

“The breathless optimism of the lyrics is shared by many of the kids who attend Stagedoor Manor summer camp, which mounts 13 productions with 270 kids every three weeks…”

On August 18, 2006, the world premiere of the stage version of the popular Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical took place at the Stagedoor Manor theater camp. Stagedoor Manor, a well-regarded summer camp with a working relationship with Disney scored the rights to the musical after mounting “junior” productions of Broadway musicals Rent and Aida.

July 19

July 19, 2011 – Lightning McQueen Joins Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show

“We just received word that Disney’s famous racecar is revved up and ready to make his debut performance in the show beginning today.”

On July 19, 2011, the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show attraction welcomed the Pixar character Lightning McQueen as its newest member of the show in Hollywood Studios Park. This cameo performance was part of the promotions for the Pixar film Cars 2, where Lightning and pal Mater are joined by secret agent Finn McMissile. After enjoying this themed performance, guests could meet Lightning and Mater at the Winner’s Circle area nearby. The attraction completely closed on April 2, 2016.

July 12

July 12, 1983 – The Stage Show Show Biz Is Begins in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park

On July 12, 1983, the Tomorrowland live stage show Show Biz Is began in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. Featuring the Kids of the Kingdom, a group of young singers and dancers that began performing at the park in 1974, the show was a revue of standards from Broadway and movies. The show ended its run on September 27, 1985.

May 1

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May 1, 1989 – The Theater of the Stars Opens in Disney-MGM Studios Park

On May 1, 1989, the amphitheater Theater of the Stars opened on Hollywood Boulevard of Disney-MGM Studios park (now Hollywood Studios). The area was known for featuring the stage show version of the animated feature film Beauty and the Beast. It was temporarily closed on May 2, 1993, as the park prepared for the expansion of Sunset Boulevard, and was eventually moved and reopened in the expanded area.

April 30

April 30, 1995 – The Beauty and the Beast Stage Show Closes in Disneyland’s Videopolis

“There must be more than this provincial life!”

On April 30, 1995, the stage show version of the animated feature film Beauty and the Beast closed in Disneyland’s Videopolis area. Opening on April 11, 1992, it was similar to the stage version that premiered in Walt Disney World, but featured a different script, along with different sets and costumes. The show was highly popular, leading to the creation of the Broadway version of the animated film. There have been no plans, as of 2019, to revive the show in the park, even though the Walt Disney World version has been revised and is still a popular attraction among guests; however, scenes from the film have been incorporated into the live show Storytelling at Royal Theatre.

April 21

April 21, 2006 – The Live Show Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show Premieres

“Abracadabra! It’s Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show!”

On April 21, 2006, the touring stage production Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show premiered in Columbia, South Carolina. This was the second production by Feld Entertainment in conjunction with Disney. The show featured Mickey and Minnie putting on a magic show, which brought forth magic from the most beloved Disney films, such as Aladdin and Fantasia; the underlying theme was finding the magic deep within us.

April 11

April 11, 2003 – The Attraction Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage Opens in Disney’s California Adventure

On April 11, 2003, the live stage show attraction Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage opened in Disney’s California Adventure Park. This was the second version of this attraction to open, with the first version opening in Walt Disney World on October 1, 2001. The show featured characters from popular Playhouse Disney channel shows, such as Rolie Polie Olie, Stanley, The Book of Pooh, and Bear in the Big Blue House. It was updated and renamed on March 4, 2011, to become Disney Junior – Live on Stage.

March 17

March 17, 2005 – The Live Show Cinderellabration Opens in Walt Disney World

“Of course we all know that Cinderella married the prince and became princess of the kingdom, but would you like to see how it all happened? Would you like to see Cinderella crowned a princess?”

On March 17, 2005, the live show Cinderellabration began performances in front of Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. This was a revised version of the stage show that was created for the 20th anniversary celebration of Tokyo Disneyland, which told the story of Cinderella’s coronation; it was also included as an aspect of the “Happiest Celebration of Earth” festivities. Cinderella is joined by several other beloved Disney Princesses, including Snow White, Aurora, Jasmine, and Belle. The stage show closed on September 16, 2006, and was replaced with Dream Along with Mickey.

February 21

February 21, 2004 – Snow White – An Enchanting New Musical Has Premiere at Fantasyland Theater

“Live on stage at Disneyland!”

On February 21, 2004, the elaborate stage show Snow White – An Enchanting New Musical had a premiere at Disneyland’s Fantasyland Theater, two days before its official opening. It was the most elaborate stage production to be held at that theater at the time, and was produced exclusively for the park. The musical ran until 2006 when it was replaced by the Disney Princess Fantasy Faire. The show was free with park admission. It was directed by Eric Schaeffer, with the show adapted by Norman Allen and Darrah Cloud. It originally starred Anne Warren as Snow White, Stuart Ambrose as the Prince, Elizabeth Wardland as the Queen, Lisa Wolpe as the Hag, and featured the voice of Patrick Stewart as the Magic Mirror.