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March 14

March 14, 1975 – The Magic Carpet ‘Round the World Film Attraction Closes in Walt Disney World

On March 14, 1975, the film attraction Magic Carpet ‘Round the World, located in the Tomorrowland Circle-Vision Theatre, officially closed. Open since March 16, 1974, the 360-degree film gave guests majestic views of some of the world’s most beautiful places. After it was closed, it was replaced by an updated version of the attraction’s predecessor, America the Beautiful. The film would be revived in Tokyo Disneyland, opening on April 15, 1983, and closing on May 16, 1986.

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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.

March 9

March 9, 1991 – Legends of Hollywood Closes in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

On March 9, 1991, the merchandise shop Legends of Hollywood closed on March 9, 1991, after being open for less than two months on Hollywood Boulevard. The shop was soon replaced by L.A. Cinema Storage (which itself was closed in 2014 to become The Trolley Car Café). A new Legends of Hollywood shop opened on June 12, 1994 on Sunset Boulevard.

March 2

March 2, 1976 – Walt Disney World Welcomes 50-Millionth Guest

On March 2, 1976, Walt Disney World welcomed its 50-millionth guest to the park. 13-year-old Susan Brummer from Virginia was the lucky guest welcomed in. This was quite a feat for the park, as it had only been open under five years. Tourism continued to grow for the parks at this stage, as new attractions and resort locations were added every year to keep interest high. The 100-millionth guest would arrive at the park only three years later.

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.

February 24

February 24, 1985 – Disney Clothiers Opens in Walt Disney World

On February 24, 1985, the clothing store Disney Clothiers opened on Main Street of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. A version of this store also opened in Disneyland a month later, while the Disneyland Paris version opened on April 12, 1992. The store specializes in apparel for guests of all ages, as well as a variety of accessories.

February 20

February 20, 2002 – New Madame Leota Tombstone is Placed in Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion

“Dear sweet Leota, beloved by all, in regions beyond now, but having a ball.”

On February 20, 2002, it was reported that a new interactive feature was added to the Haunted Mansion attraction in Walt Disney World: a gravestone honoring Madame Leota. The tombstone features a dimensional bust of  the ghostly medium, and features her blinking and staring at guests at random intervals; her tombstone is the last one seen before guests enter the mansion.