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September 8

September 8, 2012 – The Disney Baby Store Opens in Glendale, California

“Shop by character and find great products for every moment of the day!”

On September 8, 2012, the first Disney Baby store opened in Glendale, California. Located right near Walt Disney Imagineering, the store focuses on children ranging from newborn to two-years-old, with character merchandise ranging from popular Pixar films, to Disney Princesses, to classic Disney characters. A special ceremony was held for the store’s grand opening, featuring celebrity appearances, Disney-themed snacks for babies, and a concert by the Blue Sky Riders.


July 16

July 16, 1955 – The Golden Horseshoe Opens for a Private Party

On July 16, 1955, the Golden Horseshoe Saloon opened for a private party for corporate sponsors of Disneyland, which was to open the next day. Though the Golden Horseshoe Revue wasn’t to begin its run until the park’s official opening day, the saloon’s private party did feature eventual show mainstay Wally Boag in his first official appearance as Pecos Bill and the Traveling Salesman.

June 2

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June 2, 2011 – A Special Ceremony is Held to Celebrate the Opening of The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

“…because at our heart, great storytelling is what we are all about.” – Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Tom Staggs

On June 2, 2011, a special ceremony was held in Disney’s California Adventure park to celebrate the opening of the newest attraction The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. On hand to kick off the celebrations was the voice of Ariel, Jodi Benson, who performed the song “Part of Your World,” along with The Little Mermaid musical performer Sherie Rene Scott, who performed “Poor Unfortunate Souls.” The attraction was opened to the public the following day.

February 20

February 20, 2013 – The IBM THINK Interactive Attraction Opens in Epcot


“The THINK exhibit features stories and engaging experiences that appeal to Epcot guests from around the world.”- Lee Green, VP Brand Experience and Strategic Design, IBM

On February 20, 2013, in conjunction with National Engineers Week, the new attraction IBM THINK was unveiled in Epcot’s Innoventions West area. The interactive attraction aims to teach guests about the way the world can work alongside technological innovations. To also celebrate National Engineers week, IBM was on hand to provide nearby high school teachers and students with free STEM lesson plans on iPads and Android tablets.

January 26

January 26, 2011 – The Disney Dream Sets Off on Maiden Voyage


“Let your imagination set sail.”

On January 26, 2011, the third ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Dream, set off on its maiden voyage, a week after its christening. The ship, at the time, was the biggest in the fleet, with 1,250 staterooms, 14 decks, and a ship length of 1,115 feet. The maiden voyage had the Disney Dream traveling to Nassau, the Bahamas, and Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island.

January 15

January 15, 1986 – The Living Seas Pavilion Opens in Epcot


“Snorkel with over 6,000 sea creatures, including sea turtles, angelfish, eagle rays and sharks in our massive aquarium.”

On January 15, 1986, the newest pavilion in Epcot’s Future World, The Living Seas, opened in Epcot. The area focused on the ocean and its mysteries, with guests able to watch a film about the importance of the ocean, view exhibits, and even take a chance to dive into the largest salt water take in the world. In 2006, more Finding Nemo elements were added to the area, including the attraction The Seas with Nemo & Friends. A special dining experience can also be found this pavilion at the Coral Reef Restaurant, where guests can dine right next to the salt water tank and spy a turtle as they eat.

September 15

September 15, 2012 – The Little Mermaid Wing of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Opens


“Be surrounded in the artistry, enchantment, and magic of Walt Disney and Disney-Pixar movies.”

On September 15, 2012, the fourth and final wing of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort in Walt Disney World opened. The wing, themed after the animated feature film The Little Mermaid, joins areas themed as The Lion King, Cars, and Finding Nemo. The Little Mermaid wing features 864 rooms designed in the animation style of the “Under the Sea” sequence from the film, and also has a giant pool known as the Flippin’ Fins pool.