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September 28

September 28, 1996 – The Grand Prix Raceway Reopens as Tomorrowland Speedway

“Put the pedal to the metal in your very own hotrod and cruise along a scenic miniature motorway.”

On September 28, 1996, the Tomorrowland Speedway reopened with its new name in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. Originally known as the Grand Prix Raceway, this new name would only last for three years, until it was renamed as the Tomorrowland Indy Speedway in 1999; the name has since been changed back to Tomorrowland Speedway. The attraction was still the same, with guests able to race in a gas-powered racecar down the scenic motorway.

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May 7

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May 7, 2010 – The Disney Feature Animation Building is Renamed in Honor of Roy E. Disney

“Nobody appreciated what went on inside the building more than Roy Disney, so that is why we decided to put his name on the top of it.” – Bob Iger, President and CEO of the Walt Disney Company

On May 7, 2010, a special ceremony was held to remember Roy E. Disney as the Disney Feature Animation Building was renamed in his honor. Disney, who was one of the important players in saving Disney Animation in the late 1980s and through the 1990s, tragically passed away on December 16, 2009. The event, hosted by D23, also gave guests the opportunity to view two films with which Disney was heavily involved: the True-Life Fantasy Perri and the Disney animated feature film Fantasia 2000. The event was attended by producer Don Hahn, president and CEO Bob Iger, and Disney’s family.

July 12

July 12, 1989 – The Star Tours Attraction Opens in Tokyo Disneyland

DROID DUO -- "Star Wars" droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are two of the famous characters guests encounter in Star Tours - The Adventures Continue, a new 3-D attraction at Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif. The attraction also is thrilling guests at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

おなじみの人気キャラクターと一緒に、これまで以上の迫力と臨場感で予測不能な宇宙旅行を楽しもう!”

On July 12, 1989, the attraction Star Tours opened in Tokyo Disneyland’s Tomorrowland area. The attraction was based on the Disneyland attraction of the same name that opened on January 9, 1987. Created in cooperation with George Lucas, the attraction is based on the hit Star Wars film trilogy. The film in the attraction was dubbed for Japanese audiences, featuring Nozawa Nachi as the voice of C-3P0. On April 2, 2012, the attraction was closed as part of a major overhaul that began with the Disneyland version in 2010. The remodeled version opened on May 7, 2013, under the new name Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.

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May 20, 1973 – The Richard F. Irvine Riverboat Opens in Walt Disney World

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“Walt Disney World’s second paddle wheel steamship, the Richard F. Irvine, was named in his honor until it was re-christened Liberty Belle in 1996.”

On May 20, 1973, the Richard F. Irvine Riverboat opened in Walt Disney World. Named after Disney Legend Dick Irvine, who was one of the first executives of WED Enterprises (now Walt Disney Imagineering), the riverboat was the second authentic steamboat at the park, following the Admiral Joe Fowler Riverboat that opened in 1971. In 1996, after a lavish refurbishment, the steamboat was renamed the Liberty Belle.

February 2

February 2, 1992 – The Dixie Landings Resort Hotel Opens in Walt Disney World

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“Discover a place where simple pleasures flourish and Southern hospitality abounds.”

On February 2, 1992, the Dixie Landings Resort Hotel opened in Walt Disney World. Using the theme of the Old South, the resort was a moderately-priced hotel, featuring 2,048 rooms. It contained a souvenir shop and restaurants, located in Colonel’s Cotton Mill, which was built to resemble a steamship. The souvenir shop was called Fulton’s General Store, and the restaurant contained at the resort was Boatwright’s Dining Hall. On April 1, 2001, the resort was combined with the Port Orleans Resort, and was renamed the Port Orleans: Riverside; the restaurant and souvenir shop kept their names and were not changed.