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September 12

September 12, 2013 – The Princess Fairytale Hall Opens in Walt Disney World

“Enjoy a dazzling encounter with Cinderella and Elena in an enchanting royal setting.”

On September 12, 2013, the meet-and-greet area Princess Fairytale Hall opened in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park, in Fantasyland’s Castle Courtyard. Guests enter what appears to be a secret part of the castle, and are able to see special stained glass windows of Cinderella and the Royal Gallery before being escorted to meet Cinderella and a special guest; the special guest has been permanently selected as Princess Elena from Elena of Avalor. The attraction took the place of the Snow White’s Scary Adventures attraction.

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September 10

September 10, 2007 – The Shuttle Crew of the Endeavour is Honored in Walt Disney World

“The seven space shuttle Endeavour astronauts who returned to Earth Aug. 21 will be honored in a day of ceremonies at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Sept. 10.”

On September 10, 2007, the seven astronauts that flew on the NASA flight Endeavour were honored in Walt Disney World with a whole slew of celebrations and events. This day included media interviews, a plaque dedication, and a parade down Main Street, U.S.A. An educational program within the series of events featured students from nearby schools, and was streamed live over NASA’s website.

September 7

September 7, 1984 – Tangier Traders Opens in Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion

On September 7, 1984, the clothing store Tangier Traders opened in the Morocco Pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase. It features traditional Moroccan clothing, including tunics, dresses, and shoes; it also features a variety of trinkets and Moroccan treats.

September 2

September 2, 2004 – The Art Exhibit “Echoes of Africa” Opens in Epcot’s American Heritage Gallery

On September 2, 2004, the new art exhibit “Echoes of Africa” opened in the new art gallery in the American Adventure pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. Featuring important pieces from the Disney-Tishman African Art collection, this collection has been studied extensively and brought about some anthropological breakthroughs. Dr. Lizzetta LeFalle-Collins served as the guest curator for the collection, having curated several important exhibitions for the American Federation of the Arts in New York and the California African-American Museum in Los Angeles. The collection originally belonged to Paul and Ruth Tishman, with Disney acquiring the collection in 1984.

August 29

August 29, 2008 – Olympian Michael Phelps Celebrates in Walt Disney World

“To top it all off with a parade at Disney World is just incredible.”

On August 29, 2008, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps celebrated his triumphant return from the Beijing Olympics by being featured in the “America’s Homecoming Parade” through Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. Traveling in a red Corvette amongst red, white, and blue confetti, Phelps was joined by Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

August 25

August 25, 2008 – Disney Finalizes Sale of Land to Four Seasons

“Sip your morning coffee as you look toward the lush greenery that surrounds Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando from your room’s private balcony, which also offers some of our best views of the nightly Magic Kingdom Park fireworks display.”

On August 25, 2008, the Walt Disney Company finalized the sale of almost 300 acres in Orlando, Florida, to the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Four Seasons would use this land to build the Four Seasons Resort Orlando hotel, a vacation homes section called Residence Club, a championship golf course, and a variety of single- and multi-family vacation homes. The main hotel had 444 rooms, and was designed by the firm Wimberly, Allison, Tong & Goo; it opened on August 3, 2014, and was included as part of the Golden Oak residential community.

August 19

August 19, 2014 – The Marketplace Boat Dock and Saratoga Bridge Open in Downtown Disney

“A beautiful day to debut a new bridge and boat dock at Downtown Disney.”

On August 19, 2014, the Marketplace Boat Dock and Saratoga Bridge opened in Downtown Disney’s Marketplace area. Part of the expansion project of the area, the bridge offered a connection between Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and the shopping area, while the boat dock provided guests ease of access to the West Side and Pleasure Island. The ceremony for the opening was held early that morning, with Keith Bradford, Vice President of Downtown Disney, on hand for the ceremonies.