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May 22

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May 22, 1999 – The Nighttime Parade SpectroMagic Ends Original Run

“And now, the Magic Kingdom proudly presents, in a million points of musical light, the magic words of Disney…in SpectroMagic!”

On May 22, 1999, the Magic Kingdom nighttime parade SpectroMagic ended its run. It began on October 1, 1991, as part of the park’s 20th anniversary celebrations, replacing the Main Street Electrical Parade (which had been sent to Disneyland Paris). SpectroMagic took the lights of Main Street Electrical Parade and multiplied it, adding more fiber optic elements and including over 45 Disney characters, such as Roger Rabbit, Chernabog, and the Three Little Pigs. The parade also featured a new song: “On This Magic Night.” The parade was brought back to the park on March 26, 2001, and officially ended its run in 2010.

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May 19

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May 19, 1995 – The Fantasy Faire Shop Opens in Walt Disney World

“Suit your every fancy at this convenient stop near the exit of Mickey’s PhilharMagic, where you’ll find an array of whimsically themed hats and headwear – including the ever-popular Mickey Ears, which you can even have personalized!”

On May 19, 1995, the Fantasyland shop Fantasy Faire opened in Walt Disney World. Opening to replace The Mad Hatter, this shop features a variety of merchandise, including hats, apparel, and pins. After Mickey’s PhilharMagic opened next door, elements of the attraction were added to the shop’s overall design.

May 11

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May 11, 2017 – The Nighttime Fireworks Show Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams Ends

“Wishes, dream a dream; Wishes, set it free…”

On May 11, 2017, the nighttime fireworks show Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams ended its run at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. It was narrated by Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio. Replacing the Fantasy in the Sky in 2003, the show became popular with guests, with a variation of the show opening in Disneyland Paris on July 16, 2005. Special variations of the show were created to celebrate specific holidays, including Happy HalloWishes: A Grim Grinning Ghost Spooktacular in the Sky; Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season; and Fantasy in the Sky: New Year’s Eve Countdown. The show was replaced by the Happily Ever After nighttime spectacular, which focused heavily on projection mapping on Cinderella Castle.

March 19

March 19, 1995 – The House of Magic Closes in Magic Kingdom Park

“Magic Tricks, Monster Masks, Sleights of Hand”

On March 19, 1995, the House of Magic shop, located in Magic Kingdom Park’s Main Street, officially closed. Open since Walt Disney World opened on October 1, 1971, the store specialized in magic tricks and special gags, with several cast members on hand to perform several of the more popular illusions. It was closed to make room for the Main Street Athletic Club (which also required the closing of the Penny Arcade and the Main Street Book Shop).

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.

March 11

March 11, 1996 – Grandma Duck’s Farm Closes in Walt Disney World

“Minnie Moo, who lives at Grandma Duck’s Farm at Mickey’s Starland, was born sporting the familiar Disney corporate symbol as a ‘birthmark’ on her hide.”

On March 11, 1996, the petting farm Grandma Duck’s Farm closed in the Mickey’s Birthdayland area of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. Open since June 18, 1988, and sponsored by Friskies, the area was named for the comic book character of Donald Duck’s grandmother. The area was famous for hosting Minnie Moo, a cow that happened to have a Mickey Mouse-shaped mark on her hide; after the petting farm closed, Minnie Moo was moved to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.

February 26

February 26, 1991 – The Prairie Outpost and Supply Opens in Frontierland

On February 26, 1991, the specialty shop Prairie Outpost and Supply opened in Frontierland of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. The shop sells snacks and candy, as well as special baked goods and Disney’s famous character apples.