Disney History – January 17

This Day in Disney History January 17

1996

Disney's Vero Beach Resort

1996: Disney’s Vero Beach Resort celebrated its grand opening

From DisneyBeachResorts.com:
Relax on warm sand and play in the sparkling blue waters of Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. Just 2 hours southeast of Walt Disney World Resort, this elegant old-fashioned hideaway is located on Florida’s scenic Atlantic Treasure Coast near the charming community of Vero Beach. Get away from it all in spacious lodgings that provide the comforts of home with an idyllic beach practically at your doorstep.
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From Disney Parks Blog:
With the Atlantic Ocean as its backdrop, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort was the first Disney Vacation Club Resort located outside Walt Disney World Resort property. The Resort’s design and theme reflect the Treasure Coast region where the resort is situated.
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From Wikipedia:
Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is a Disney Vacation Club resort located in Vero Beach, Florida. The resort was the first Disney Vacation Club resort to be constructed outside of the Walt Disney World Resort area in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Room availability includes Deluxe Inn Rooms with ocean and garden views, Studios, One-Bedroom Vacation Homes, Two-Bedroom Vacation Homes and free-standing Three-Bedroom Beach Cottages with oceanside views of the Atlantic. Wireless internet is available across the property.
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2003

Disney's Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular

2003: “Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular” officially debuts to the public at Disney California Adventure park (the media premiere was on January 16th).

From Disney Parks Blog:
“Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” has taken millions of guests wonder by wonder since its debut in January 2003, bringing with it such fantastic theatrical delights as Aladdin’s entrance on the elephant, a magic carpet ride over the audience, an original song by Alan Menken and the ever-evolving, tour-de-force performance of the wise-cracking Genie.
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From Wikipedia:
Disney’s Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular was a Broadway-style show based on Disney’s 1992 animated film Aladdin with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.

It was performed inside the Hyperion Theater in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure from 2003 to 2016. In September 2015, it was announced that the show’s final day of performance would be January 10, 2016. The show was then closed on January 11, and was replaced by a musical stage show inspired by Disney’s 2013 animated film Frozen, which premiered in May 2016.
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OWN THE MUSIC
Did you know? You can own Disney’s Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular digital soundtrack for less than $10 and enjoy it over and over…You know you want it!