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February 19

February 19, 1967 – The New York Times Publishes Article About Walt Disney World

“In Mr. Disney’s words, however, the ‘most exciting and most important part’ of Disney World will be the planned community, which ‘will take its cue from the new ideas and new technologies that are now emerging from the creative centers of American industry.’”

On February 19, 1967, the New York Times published an article entitled “Florida’s Disney World Aims at ’70 Opening,” which gave the public some new insight into the highly publicized “Florida Project” which would become Walt Disney World. The article went into detail about how large the planned park would be (“bigger than Manhattan”), the planned community EPCOT, and several plans in the area to provide a suitable living space for those who will live in the community, including a drainage survey and an interchange. It estimated, based on reports from Disney executives, that the park would open in 1970; Walt Disney World would go on to open on October 1, 1971.

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February 17

February 17, 2017 – The Nighttime Show Rivers of Light Premieres in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“Embrace the magic of nature during a nighttime scene awash with captivating special effects, music and animal folklore.”

On February 17, 2017, the new nighttime show Rivers of Light premiered in Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Discovery River. The show was part of an overall evolution of the park, turning it to a day-to-night park, and features several floating sets, live performances, and water effects, celebrating the beauty and wonder of nature. The show also features scenes from the Disneynature series of films, as well as technology never-before-seen in a Disney nighttime show.

February 16

February 16, 1991 – The Live Action Show Dick Tracy Starring in Diamond Double-Cross Closes

“Tess, you’re one in a million!”

On February 16, 1991, the live action show Dick Tracy Starring in Diamond Double-Cross held its final performance in Walt Disney World’s Disney-MGM Studios. Opening on May 21, 1990, the show was created to help promote the Touchstone Pictures live action feature film Dick Tracy, which was released on June 15, 1990. The show’s plot featured Breathless Mahoney wishing to acquire the Balonian Diamond. When the diamond is stolen by Big Boy Caprice’s henchmen, Dick Tracy is on the case after being interrupted when trying to propose to Tess Trueheart.

February 14

February 14, 2012 – Paula Abdul Visits Walt Disney World

On February 14, 2012, entertainer and judge of American Idol Paula Abdul visited Walt Disney World. Abdul helped celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special photo shoot with none other than Minnie Mouse in Hollywood Studios, who wore a special heart-shaped polka dot dress to honor the day. Abdul had visited the park back in 2009, when the American Idol Experience attraction opened in Hollywood Studios.

February 13

February 13, 2017 – The Geyser Point Pool Bar & Grill Opens in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

“Stake your claim at a poolside eatery featuring explorer-worthy bites, trails-end spirits and stunning views of Bay Lake.”

On February 13, 2017, the restaurant and bar Geyser Point Pool Bar & Grill opened in Walt Disney World’s Wilderness Lodge. Located near the outer deck of the resort, guests can order a variety of burgers, salads, desserts, and alcoholic beverages with a selection of small plates. The design of the restaurant and bar is designed in invoke the atmosphere of the Pacific Northwest.

January 11

February 11, 2011 – Mickey’s Toontown Fair Closes in Walt Disney World

On February 11, 2011, the Mickey’s Toontown Fair area of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park officially closed. The area had first opened as Mickey’s Birthdayland to celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 60th birthday, and was remodeled as Mickey’s Starland on May 26, 1990. It eventually became Mickey’s Toontown Fair and opened on June 29, 1996. The area was closed to make way for the Fantasyland expansion, with the area’s attraction The Barnstormer being included in the new Storybook Circus area.

February 5

February 5, 1996 – Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe Opens in Walt Disney World

“Feel free to celebrate Christmas any day at this Liberty Square shop selling Disney ornaments, stockings, toys and more.”

On February 5, 1996, Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe opened in Walt Disney World’s Liberty Square in Magic Kingdom Park. The store replaced the Olde World Antiques and the Silversmith, and features Christmas and Hanukkah decorations and ornaments with the Disney touch. There is also a small Christmas tree that is decorated by a chosen guest once a day.