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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 17

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May 17, 2004 – The Restaurant The Artist’s Palette Opens

“Delight your palate with a meal at The Artist’s Palette restaurant at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa.”

On May 17, 2004, the counter-service restaurant The Artist’s Palette opened in Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa in Walt Disney World. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant provides quick-service meals such as gourmet sandwiches, savory pies, and salads.

May 15

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May 15, 2016 – The Pastry Shop Amorette’s Patisserie Opens in Disney Springs

“Saunter over to this artsy yet sophisticated pastry shop and set your eyes on an exquisite gallery of goodies…”

On May 15, 2016, the high-end pastry shop Amorette’s Patisserie opened in town center section of Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs area. Not only can guests purchase a variety of gourmet sweet treats, ranging from New York cheesecake to an avant-garde (a chocolate chiffon cake and chocolate crumble), but a range of crêpes and champagne. Guests can also learn from the expert pâtissiers how to decorate a Mickey Mouse character cake.

May 14

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May 14, 2016 – Disney Dollars Cease Being Sold in Disney Parks

“Disney Dollars may be spent or collected and saved as souvenirs and are redeemable at any time before or after any period of inactivity.”

On May 14, 2016, the use of Disney Dollars ends in all Disney parks. First offered on May 5, 1987, the Disney-based currency were able to be purchased and used at a variety of park locations, including ticketing locations, food stations, and merchandise areas; the use was then expanded to use in Disney Stores. Guests could buy the currency with credit cards and cashier’s checks. The bills were offered in three denominations: $1 (featuring Mickey Mouse), $5 (featuring Goofy), and $10 (featuring Minnie); the Minnie Mouse $10 began to be offered in late 1989, while $1 and $5 were redesigned earlier that year. Although Disney Dollars are no longer being sold, they are still accepted at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and select Disney Stores.

May 12

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May 12, 2018 – The Shop DisneyStyle Opens in Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs

“Step up your fashion game with a stop at this West Side boutique.”

On May 12, 2018, the merchandise story DisneyStyle opened in Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs shopping area. The shop sells fashion merchandise with a Disney spin, including the popular spirit jerseys, patches of beloved Disney characters, and fashion-forward Minnie Mouse ears. The pieces available range from honoring Disney characters to popular park attractions.

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.