This Week in Disney History: September 6-12, 2020

There’s always a great, big, beautiful tomorrow at The Walt Disney Company, because every day is tied to a milestone in the heritage and rich history of a company that has been entertaining millions of people every year. Published every week, this interesting series features highlights from all the divisions of The Walt Disney Company. Let's see what happened this week:


September 7, 1984 - Morocco pavilion opens in World Showcase at Epcot
With styling that recalls the streets of Casablanca and Marrakesh, Morocco was both the first new pavilion added to World Showcase after EPCOT's opening and the first pavilion to be sponsored by its country's government. The king of Morocco, Hassan II, even sent his own craftsmen to lay the pavilion's intricate tile mosaics.

Morocco is divided into two distinct sections: the Medina (old city) and Ville Nouvelle (new city), linked by the Bab Boujouloud gate, based on one in the city of Fez. The Ville Nouvele contains Fez House, modeled after a typical Moroccan home, and the Koutoubia Minaret. Besides getting an introduction to Moroccan culture, visitors can shop the pavillion's six merchandise locations, eat at two restaurants, and meet the characters from Disney's Aladdin.

Also this week in Disney history:

September 6 
1976  -  "America on Parade" entertains Magic Kingdom Park and Disneyland Park guests for the last time
1993  -  The television series "Adventures in Wonderland" debuts on Disney Channel
1996 - “Mighty Ducks” (animated television series) debuts in syndication
1999 - “Disney’s One Too” debuts on UPN, featuring a two-hour block of cartoons
2010 - The Maliboomer attraction closes at Disney California Adventure Park

September 7 
1984 - Morocco opens in Word Showcase at Epcot, the first country to be added since the theme park opened in 1982
1991  -  "Darkwing Duck" (television series) debuts on ABC and in syndication
1992  -  "Goof Troop" (television series) debuts in syndication
1998  -  Mr. Toad's Wild Ride closes at Magic Kingdom Park
2008  -  Golden Dreams closes at Disney California Adventure
   
September 8 
1968  -  The Surrey vehicle closes at Disneyland Park
1998  -  Submarine Voyage closes at Disneyland Park
2012 - The first Disney Baby Store, offering an array of products for babies, opens in Glendale, California
2017 - The digital series “Club Mickey Mouse” debuts on Instagram and Facebook
   
September 9 
1938 - The Mickey Mouse cartoon “Mickey’s Parrot” was released
1973  -  Carousel of Progress closes at Disneyland Park
1990  -  "The Magical World of Disney" airs for the final time on NBC
1995 - The syndicated television series “ Disney’s Sing Me a Story: with Belle” debuts
   
September 10 
1932  -  "King Neptune" (Silly Symphony) debuts
1988  -  "The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" (television series) debuts on ABC
1990  -  "Tale Spin" (television series) debuts in syndication
1993  -  "Bill Nye - The Science Guy" (television series) debuts in syndication
2009 - The first ever D23 Expo begins at the Anaheim Convention Center
2010 - Bountiful Valley Farm closes at Disney California Adventure Park
   
September 11
1968  -  The United States Postal Service issues a six-cent U.S. postage stamp featuring Walt Disney's portrait
2001  -  All Walt Disney World theme parks and recreation areas close shortly after opening due to terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. The Disneyland Resort announces the closure of its theme parks prior to their scheduled opening.
2008  -  A Buzz Lightyear action figure completes his journey with the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery, landing safely at Edwards Air Force Base in California
   
September 12 
1986  -  Captain EO, a 3D film starring Michael Jackson, opens at Epcot
2001  -  All Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort theme parks reopen following the September 11th terrorist attacks, accommodating all resort guests whose travel plans are affected
2005  -  Hong Kong Disneyland opens on Lantau Island, Hong Kong
2009  -  A reboot of the Star Tours attraction is announced at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA
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