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Posted 24 September 2008 - 09:27 AM

I can just imagine how awesome closing night was. The engineering of the puppets was amazing, costuming was imaginative and the music (while repetitive as the CMs at AC point out) was haunting, calming and very magical.... I have the CD w/ the soundtrack and still enjoy reliving the parade through the music every so often....
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Posted 24 September 2008 - 12:50 PM

That AC video was great! Thanks for posting!
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Posted 29 September 2008 - 04:02 PM

Im back. Sit tight, there are a lot of things to cover this week. I mean A LOT.

September 29
1994 -- The Disney-MGM Studios hosts the grand dedication ceremony for the "Twilight Zone Tower of Terror"

September 30

1983 -- The American Egg House restaurant is open for the last day at Disneyland Park
1987 -- All-America Parade debuts at Magic Kingdom Park
1988 -- The Neverland Club opens at Disney's Polynesian Resort
1991 -- President Bush presents medals to Daily Points of Light honorees at Epcot
1992 -- Surprise in the Skies entertains Guests for the last time at Epcot
1993 -- "Broadway at the Top" is performed for the last time at Disney's Contemporary Resort
1995 -- Disney Cruise Line agents begin taking cruise reservations
1999 -- Millennium Village opens at Epcot
2003 -- Mickey's PhilharMagic soft-opens at the Magic Kingdom Park
2005 -- Michael Eisner, Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company, officially retires.

October 1
1971 -- The Walt Disney World Resort officially opens, including Magic Kingdom Park, Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Polynesian Resort and Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
1982 -- Epcot officially opens
1982 -- Casa de Fritos restaurant at Disneyland Park becomes Casa Mexicana
1982 -- Vincent (stop action cartoon by Tim Burton) debuts
1986 -- Diamond Horseshoe Jamboree debuts at the Walt Disney World Resort
1987 -- Intergalactic Daredevil Circus Spectacular opens at Epcot
1988 -- Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort officially opens
1991 -- SpectroMagic debuts at Magic Kingdom Park
1992 -- Critter Country (Splash Mountain, Beaver Bros. Canoes) opens at Tokyo Disneyland Park
1993 -- Walt Disney Pictures releases Cool Runnings
1993 -- Backstage Magic closes at Epcot
1994 -- Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame ceremony is held at Disney-MGM Studios
1994 -- Euro Disney becomes Disneyland Paris
1995 -- "Misery Loves Company" (television series) debuts on FOX
1996 -- Disney's BoardWalk Resort officially opens
1996 -- The Spa & Health Club at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa opens at the Walt Disney World Resort 1996 -- Ariel's Grotto opens in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park
1996 -- The "Remember the Magic" parade begins at Magic Kingdom Park
1999 -- The Millennium Celebration officially begins at the Walt Disney World Resort
1999 ? The "Leave a Legacy" program begins in the entrance plaza at Epcot
2000 -- Conservation Station becomes Rafiki's Planet Watch at Disney's Animal Kingdom
2000 -- Wildlife Express at Disney's Animal Kingdom becomes Railway Transportation to Rafiki's Planet Watch
2001 -- The "C'est Magique" show on the Disney Magic cruise ship becomes "Morty the Magician ? A Madcap Magical New Musical" to reflect the new Broadway-style changes
2005 -- Robert Iger officially takes over as chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company
2006 -- The Walt Disney World Resort turns 35 years old

October 2
1971 -- Admiral Joe Fowler Riverboat opens at Magic Kingdom Park
1983 -- Epcot Leaders host groundbreaking ceremonies for The Living Seas and Morocco
1995 -- Energizer is signed as sponsor of Star Tours at Disney-MGM Studios
1995 -- "Feel the Magic" show debuts at Tomorrowland Theater at Magic Kingdom Park
1996 -- Mickey's Character Shop closes at Downtown Disney Marketplace
1996 -- World of Disney shop opens at the Downtown Disney Marketplace

October 3
1955 -- "Mickey Mouse Club" debuts on ABC

October 4
1955 -- The Disneyland Hotel opens (originally owned by Wrather Corp. now by the Walt Disney Co.)
1993 -- Mission to Mars closes at Magic Kingdom Park
1998 -- The Epcot Discovery Center closes at Epcot

October 5
1949 -- Walt Disney Pictures releases The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
1996 -- The American Film Institute Showcase officially dedicated at Disney-MGM Studios
2007 -- New film debuts at the Canada pavilion at Epcot
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Posted 30 September 2008 - 07:49 PM

PHEW!!! There were so many milestones that just reading that list made me tired!!!! Good job, Indy!
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Posted 06 October 2008 - 08:53 AM

Can't top last week but here we go:

October 6
Nothing of interest

October 7
1995 -- Disneyland Paris links up a communications line with Mir Space Station
1998 -- Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin opens at Magic Kingdom Park
2002 -- "a bug's land," a new area, opens at Disney's California Adventure Park
2008 -- Sleeping Beauty is released on Disney DVD and Blu-Ray for the 50th Anniversary Platinum Edition
2008 -- 10th Anniversary for Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin at Magic Kingdom Park

October 8
1989 -- The Contemporary Cafe opens at Disney's Contemporary Resort
1997 -- Goosebumps HorrorLand Fright Show and FunHouse opens at Disney-MGM Studios
2003 -- Mickey's PhilharMagic officially opens at Magic Kingdom Park

October 9
1988 -- "The Magical World of Disney" debuts on NBC
2003 -- The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Michael Eisner, along with NASA and HP leaders and two astronauts onboard the International Space Station, officially dedicate Mission: SPACE at Epcot
2003 -- "Wishes," a new fireworks show, officially opens to Guests at Magic Kingdom Park

October 10
Nothing

October 11
1982 -- Epcot leaders dedicate The American Adventure
1998 -- Journey Into Imagination ride and Image Works closes at Epcot
2003 -- The last regular performance of "Fantasy in the Sky" is held at Magic Kingdom Park

October 12
1986 -- The Golden Horseshoe Revue (show) closes at Disneyland after 47,250 performances
1995 -- The 500 millionth Guest visits Walt Disney World Resort
2000 -- The Fossil Prep Lab closes at Disney's Animal Kingdom
2003 -- The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter closes at Magic Kingdom Park.
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Posted 06 October 2008 - 11:15 AM

Hard to believe Alien Encounter has been gone for 5 years now.
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Posted 06 October 2008 - 07:19 PM

Hard to believe the Fossil Prep Lab at AK has been gone since 2000...

Indy - Do you know offhand if the Journey into Imagination that closed in 1998 the first (good) version or the second (awful) version? The current version #3 is better than #2 but still not as cool as the first version! If you don't know, it's no big deal. I can look it up.....
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Posted 13 October 2008 - 10:59 PM

You know why you're here. I know why you're here. Let's get to it, sort of lack luster this week.

October 13
1997 -- The LEGO Imagination Center opens at Downtown Disney Marketplace


October 14
1998 -- The Disney's California Adventure Preview Center opens near Disneyland Park


October 15
1984 -- American Journeys opens at Magic Kingdom Park
1998 -- Fantasmic! debuts at Disney-MGM Studios
2008 -- Fantasmic! celebrates it's 10th anniversary at Hollywood Studios

October 16)
1989 -- Epcot hosts Cast previews of the Wonders of Life pavilion
1994 -- The Tipster information board opens at Epcot


October 17
Nothing of interest

October 18
1967 -- Walt Disney Pictures releases The Jungle Book, the last animated feature Walt supervised

October 19
1989 -- Wonders of Life soft-opens at Epcot
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Posted 20 October 2008 - 07:36 PM

October 20
1997 -- "Bear in the Big Blue House" (television series) debuts on Disney Channel
1998 -- The "Grandmother Willow" show at Disney's Animal Kingdom becomes to "Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends."
2006 -- Touchstone Pictures releases The Prestige

October 21
1982 -- Epcot leaders dedicate El Rio del Tiempo at the Mexico pavilion
1993 -- Hook's Tavern opens at Magic Kingdom Park

October 22
1979 -- The 100 millionth Guest visits Magic Kingdom Park
1993 -- Touchstone Pictures releases Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
1998 -- Company Leaders host a groundbreaking ceremony for Tokyo DisneySea and the Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta


October 23
1941 -- Walt Disney Pictures releases Dumbo
1982 -- Epcot Cast host the grand opening of World Showcase
1995 -- Mouse About Town and Sunset Club Coutures shops open at Disney-MGM Studios

October 24
1982 -- Cast Members from around the world help dedicate the Fountain of World Friendship at Epcot
1994 -- "Gargoyles" (television series) debuts in syndication

October 25
1985 -- Helicopters fly dolphins into The Living Seas at Epcot
1994 -- Buena Vista Home Entertainment releases Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on video for the first time
1998 -- "The Famous Jett Jackson" (television series) debuts on Disney Channel
1999 -- Magic Kingdom Park Leaders unveil a statue of Roy O. Disney, Walt's brother, on Main Street, U.S.A

October 26
1971 -- Company leaders begin the grand opening ceremonies of the Walt Disney World Resort
1995 -- Studio M/Image Capture opens at Downtown Disney Marketplace
1997 -- "Tower of Terror" premieres on "The Wonderful World of Disney" (television series)
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Posted 21 October 2008 - 05:25 AM

Indy-
I enjoy reading this! At least a couple of the items send me back to Memory Lane each week. Does it take you long to do the research? Some of the info is a bit obscure.
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Posted 21 October 2008 - 07:41 AM

Well to be honest I just copy and paste from the CM Hub. Every Monday they compile a list for the week of things that took place. I just try to weed out things that people would actually know.
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Posted 21 October 2008 - 09:24 AM

That's pretty cool that Disney provides that to CMs! Thanks for sharing with those of us who are not CMs!!!!
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Posted 27 October 2008 - 06:21 PM

October 27
1954 -- "Disneyland" (television series) debuts with "The Disneyland Story"
1966 -- The "Walt Disney Explains Epcot" film debuts used to share the company's concepts of the Florida project to state legislators
1998 -- The Walt Disney Company releases The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, a direct-to-video movie based on the animated film


October 28
2001 -- Disney-Pixar releases Monsters, Inc.


October 29
1966 -- Walt Disney receives the American Forest Association Award for "Outstanding Service in Conservation of American Resources"
2008 -- Audiences hear Tinker Bell speak for the first time when Tinker Bell is released on Disney DVD and Blu-ray.


October 30


October 31
1994 -- The first wedding inside Magic Kingdom Park takes place
1995 -- The first "Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween" Party takes place at Magic Kingdom Park
1997 -- The All Star Gear store opens at Downtown Disney West Side (previously called Official All Star at Downtown Disney Marketplace)
1997 -- The first Happy Halloween Parade takes place at Tokyo Disneyland Park


November 1
1986 -- The Golden Horseshoe Jamboree premieres at Disneyland Park, replacing the Golden Horseshoe Revue
1990 -- The first international Disney Store opens on Regent Street in London, England
1991 -- "The Carol Burnett Show," a continuation of "Carol & Co.," debuts on CBS
1994 -- Disney's All-Star Music Resort opens at the Walt Disney World Resort
1997 -- The Wildhorse Store opens at Downtown Disney West Side
1998 -- The Goosebumps attraction closes at Disney-MGM Studios
1998 -- Buena Vista Palace Resort & Spa becomes Wyndham Palace Resort & Spa
2002 -- Walt Disney Pictures releases The Santa Clause 2
2003 -- Walt Disney Pictures releases Brother Bear


November 2
1997 -- Boat transportation begins between Downtown Disney Marketplace and Downtown Disney West Side
1997 -- "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella" premieres on "The Wonderful World of Disney" (television series)
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Posted 28 October 2008 - 10:10 PM

I still like the Brandy/Whitney version of Cinderella. I was always amazed at how much one of the evil stepsisters looked and sounded like a young Carol Burnett.
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Posted 28 October 2008 - 11:39 PM

OK... the first Magic Kingdom wedding was on Halloween?

Weird. I would have thought New Years.


And I heard Tink speak today.


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Posted 03 November 2008 - 02:29 PM

Here we go again

November 3
1954 -- An edited version of Alice in Wonderland appears on "Disneyland" (television series)
1965 -- Walt Disney appears on Jack Benny's television show
1977 -- Walt Disney Pictures shows world premiere of Pete's Dragon
1993 -- The U.S. Army announces plans to lease the Disney Inn at Walt Disney World for a Recreation Center

November 4
1990 -- The inaugural American Teacher Awards airs on Disney Channel
2005 -- Walt Disney Pictures releases Chicken Little

November 5
1931 -- The Beach Party (Mickey Mouse cartoon short) debuts
1937 -- The Old Mill (Silly Symphony), the first animated film using a multiplane camera, debuts
1961 -- "Inside Donald Duck" debuts on "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" (television series)
1990 -- Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort opens
1997 -- Les Chefs de France reopens at Epcot, taking over the space of Bistro de Paris and Au Petit Cafe
2004 -- Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation releases The Incredibles

November 6
1957 -- "Adventures in Fantasy" airs on "Disneyland" (television series)

November 7
1997 -- Citricos opens at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

November 8
1973 -- Walt Disney Pictures releases the animated film Robin Hood
2002 -- Walt Disney Pictures releases The Santa Clause 2: The Mrs. Clause

November 9
1993 -- Fountainview Espresso opens at Epcot
1997 -- Worldport, a Disney-themed merchandise store, opens at Pointe Orlando in Orlando, Fla.
2001 -- "LuminAria," a holiday light and music show, debuts at Disney's California Adventure
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Posted 03 November 2008 - 07:25 PM

YoPaulie said:

OK... the first Magic Kingdom wedding was on Halloween?

Weird.


Being married... (looks over shoulder to check that coast is clear) I oddly find this appropriate. :lol:
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Posted 03 November 2008 - 07:28 PM

BTW, I really loved the animated Robbin Hood when I was a kid. That was a big deal back in the day.
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Posted 11 November 2008 - 11:55 AM

November 10
1993 -- Green Thumb Emporium opens in The Land at Epcot
1994 -- Mickey and Minnie Mouse take the last ride on the Disneyland Skyway before it closes
1998 -- Innoventions celebrates its grand opening at the newly renovated Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park
1999 -- Magic Kingdom Skyway closes at Magic Kingdom Park

November 11
1953 -- Working for Peanuts (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
1956 -- Walt Disney appears on the television game show "What's My Line?"
1992 -- Walt Disney Pictures releases Aladdin in Los Angeles and New York
1994 -- Walt Disney Pictures releases The Santa Clause


November 12
1946 -- Walt Disney Pictures releases Song of the South at Loew's Grand in Atlanta
1999 -- Beauty and the Beast - The Musical begins a run at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway
1999 -- Downtown Disney Marketplace carousel opens near Gourmet Pantry

November 13
1940 -- Walt Disney Pictures premieres Fantasia at the Broadway Theater in New York
1991 -- Walt Disney Pictures releases Beauty and the Beast in a limited run
1998 -- Walt Disney Imagineers and Disney's Sports & Recreation leaders dedicate Victory Way, the 1.25-mile connecting Osceola Parkway to Buena Vista Drive

November 14
1961 -- Walter Elias Disney Miller, grandson of Walt, is born
1988 -- "Live With Regis and Kathy Lee" has its first on-location shoot -- at the Walt Disney World Resort
1995 ? Disney Magic is announced as the name of first Disney Cruise Line ship
1998 -- Soundstage Restaurant at Disney-MGM Studios closes

November 15
1932 -- The first class of Disney Art School is held on a Walt Disney Studio sound stage to train animators
1965 -- Walt and Roy O. Disney announce Disney's Florida project
1980 -- Leaders host the grand opening of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom Park
1995 -- An outdoor ice skating rink opens at the Disneyland Hotel
1999 -- "Backstage Pass" featuring sets from 101 Dalmatians closes at Disney-MGM Studios
2000 -- The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge open

November 16
1985 -- Mickey's Character Shop opens at Downtown Disney Marketplace
1990 -- Walt Disney Pictures releases The Rescuers Down Under
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Posted 11 November 2008 - 03:02 PM

Indy-
Every week when you publish this I get at least one deja vue flashback!!! Thanks for triggering the synapses of Disney past!!!!
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