This Day in Disney History January 9
1937: The Cartoon Short “Don Donald”, introducing Donna (later Daisy) Duck, was released
Don Donald is a 1937 American animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by United Artists. The cartoon follows Donald Duck attempting to woo a female Mexican duck named Donna.
Although billed at the time as another Mickey Mouse cartoon, explaining the face of Mickey Mouse at the beginning, the film is actually the first installment of the Donald Duck series, and is the first to feature Donald as the primary starring character. The film also introduces a love interest for Donald.
1976: Disneyana Shop opens on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park
From Disney Trivia from the Vault: Secrets Revealed and Questions Answered :
When the Disneyana Shop opened in 1976, it carried Disney collectibles from the past, but after a few years, the focus of the shop was changed when it became too difficult to keep the shop stocked with interesting pieces. Now the Disneyana Shop specializes in current Disney collectibles, including some items produced exclusively for that shop. There was also a Disneyana Shop at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World from 1983 to 1996, and one opened at Disneyland Paris in 1992.
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1987: With daily flights to Endor, Star Tours opens at Disneyland park
On January 9, 1987, George Lucas and Walt Disney Imagineering brought the Star Wars galaxy to life at Disneyland Park. The original Star Tours attraction blasted off to Endor for the very first time and—just like the films—the rest is history.
In 2011, the power of the Force partnered with Disney magic once again to create Star Tours – The Adventures Continue. This updated Star Wars flight-simulator attraction features advanced 3D technology, uniquely branching storylines, expanded scenarios and popular characters from the original film trilogy as well as the successful prequels.
The first incarnation of the ride appeared in Tomorrowland at Disneyland in 1987, replacing the previous attraction, Adventure Thru Inner Space [video]. Star Tours at Disneyland closed on July 27, 2010 to allow for the conversion to Star Tours—The Adventures Continue.
2012: More than a dozen new songs are added to the Main Street, U.S.A., music score – the last refresh was in 1992.
From Disney Parks Blog:
Starting next Monday, January 9, guests strolling down Main Street, U.S.A., will be humming along to some new – and familiar – tunes. For the first time in 20 years, we are once again adding new music to the iconic entrance music of Disneyland park.Though there have been many updates over the years, the last refresh of Disneyland’s Main Street’s musical score was back in 1992, when selections recorded for Disneyland Paris were brought back to Disneyland park in California.
Main Street U.S.A. Disneyland Music Score
- Wells Fargo Wagon
- Put On Your Sunday Clothes
- Maple Leaf Rag
- Married Life (from “Up”)
- Let Me Call You Sweetheart
- Surrey With the Fringe On Top
- Oh, You Beautiful Dol
- Old Timers Waltz Medley
- Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet
- And the Band Played On
- Alexander’s Ragtime Band
- Before the Parade Passes By
- Goodbye, My Coney Island Baby
- Delerium Tremens Rag
- Hello, Ma Baby
- By the Light of the Silvery Moon
- It’s a Long Way To Tipperary
- In the Good Old Summertime
- Oh! You Drummer
- Sidewalks of New York
- There’ll Be a Hot Time In the Old Town Tonight
- Wait ‘Till the Sun Shine Nellie
- Meet Me in St. Louis
- Kansas City
- Yankee Doodle Dandy