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1 The History of Disney told through Disney License Plates Stephen Garner www.disneylicenseplates.com

2 DLP HISTORY Subjectivity of Information for Disney License Plates Subjectivity of Information for Disney License Plates –No factual information exits –No data is maintained by the Disney Company or Disney Archives Information Sources Information Sources –Cast Members –Auction site sellers –Collectors

3 DLP HISTORY – 1923 Walt Disney Productions is founded by Walt and Roy Disney on October 16 th Walt Disney Productions is founded by Walt and Roy Disney on October 16 th –Originally know as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio –Copyright used on most license plates until 1986

4 DLP HISTORY – 1926 At Roy Disneys suggestion, the company changed its name to the Walt Disney Studios shortly after moving into the new studio on Hyperion Avenue in Los Angeles At Roy Disneys suggestion, the company changed its name to the Walt Disney Studios shortly after moving into the new studio on Hyperion Avenue in Los Angeles

5 DLP HISTORY – 1929 The original partnership formed in 1923 is replaced by Walt Disney Productions, Ltd. The original partnership formed in 1923 is replaced by Walt Disney Productions, Ltd. –Three other companies, Walt Disney Enterprises, Disney Film Recording Company, and Liled Realty and Investment Company, are also formed.

6 DLP HISTORY – 1930s Walt Disney Enterprises created Walt Disney Enterprises created –Entity of the Disney Company handling the licensing of merchandise during the 1930s –Consolidated into Walt Disney Productions in 1938

7 DLP HISTORY – 1938 Walt Disney Enterprises, Disney Film Recording Company, and Liled Realty and Investment Company are merged into Walt Disney Productions Walt Disney Enterprises, Disney Film Recording Company, and Liled Realty and Investment Company are merged into Walt Disney Productions

8 DLP HISTORY – 1940 Disney corporate headquarters, Walt Disney Studios, is built in Burbank, California Disney corporate headquarters, Walt Disney Studios, is built in Burbank, California

9 DLP HISTORY – 1952 WED (Walter Elias Disney) Enterprises is formed WED (Walter Elias Disney) Enterprises is formed –Design and development organization founded by Walt Disney to develop Disneyland –Became Walt Disney Imagineering in 1986

10 DLP HISTORY – 1955 Disneyland opens Disneyland opens –It wouldnt be until the 1960s that license plates are produced Even then they were only bicycle plates! Even then they were only bicycle plates! –The State of California requires both a front and rear license plate on vehicles, making souvenir plates unmarketable at the time

11 DLP HISTORY – 1955 License Plate Frames were the only marketable items in the way of license plate merchandise at Disneyland License Plate Frames were the only marketable items in the way of license plate merchandise at Disneyland

12 DLP HISTORY – 1955 Disneyland Hotel opens Disneyland Hotel opens –Formerly owned by the Wrather Corporation Purchased by Disney in January 1988 Purchased by Disney in January 1988 –No plates have been produced

13 DLP HISTORY – 1960s First known license plates are produced First known license plates are produced –Series of 6 bicycle plates Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Donald & Snow White Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Donald & Snow White Produced by the Louis Marx Company Produced by the Louis Marx Company Walt Disney Productions copyright Walt Disney Productions copyright

14 DLP HISTORY – 1966 Walt Disney dies Walt Disney dies –Before his death, he was planning the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT) in Florida EPCOT was to help solve the countrys urban problems EPCOT was to help solve the countrys urban problems This would later become Walt Disney World This would later become Walt Disney World

15 DLP HISTORY – 1967 The Reedy Creek Improvement District is created by the Florida legislature with certain governing powers, encompassing the newly purchased property for the planned Walt Disney World park. The Reedy Creek Improvement District is created by the Florida legislature with certain governing powers, encompassing the newly purchased property for the planned Walt Disney World park.

16 DLP HISTORY – 1970 First known full size (6 X 12) plate is produced First known full size (6 X 12) plate is produced –Walt Disney World (WDW) pre-opening plate –Sold at WDW Preview Center 1970-1971 –Controversial release due to color and style

17 DLP HISTORY – 1970 –Plate was removed from sale and replaced due to its look-a-like appearance to the official State of Florida plate

18 DLP HISTORY – 1970 A color change eliminated the problem A color change eliminated the problem WDW proves to be the starting point of producing license plates, as only one plate is required on vehicles in the State of Florida WDW proves to be the starting point of producing license plates, as only one plate is required on vehicles in the State of Florida

19 DLP HISTORY – 1971 Walt Disney World opens Walt Disney World opens –First plate released after the park opened is a character plate featuring Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Brer Bear

20 DLP HISTORY – 1971 WDWs Contemporary Resort opens WDWs Contemporary Resort opens

21 DLP HISTORY – 1971 WDWs Polynesian Resort opens WDWs Polynesian Resort opens

22 DLP HISTORY – 1971 WDWs Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground opens WDWs Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground opens

23 DLP HISTORY – 1971 WDWs Disney Village Resorts open WDWs Disney Village Resorts open –Vacation Villas (now demolished) Later know as the Townhouses -1977 Later know as the Townhouses -1977 Torn down to make way for Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa Torn down to make way for Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa –Treehouse Villas – 1975 –Fairway Villas -1978 (now demolished) –Club Lake Villas – 1980 (now demolished) Later know as Club Suites and the Bungalows Later know as Club Suites and the Bungalows –Grand Vista Homes (now demolished) –All Villas and the Homes became the Villas at the Disney Institute in 1996 –No plates have been produced for any of these resorts

24 DLP HISTORY – 1971 The telephone service for WDW is started as the Vista-Florida Telephone System and was operated by Disney and United Telephone System The telephone service for WDW is started as the Vista-Florida Telephone System and was operated by Disney and United Telephone System –In February 2001 the Vista-United Telecommunications company was dissolved as it was purchased by the Smart City Telecommunications (SCT) Network

25 DLP HISTORY – 1971 WDW holds its first Golf Classic tournament WDW holds its first Golf Classic tournament –Tournaments have been held every year since –License plates issued to identify tournament participants and members –First use of plastic license plates

26 DLP HISTORY – 1971 –WDW Golf Classic Club issues plates to its members Classic Club members can play along side of the pros during major tournaments Classic Club members can play along side of the pros during major tournaments

27 DLP HISTORY – 1972-1975 WDW produced only a few plates WDW produced only a few plates –Likely caused by the problems with the WDW pre-opening plate –Plates were not yet popular souvenirs or collectible items

28 DLP HISTORY – 1973 WDWs Golf Resort opens WDWs Golf Resort opens –Became the Disney Inn in February 1986 –Became the Shades of Green Resort in February 1994 For military and DOD personnel only For military and DOD personnel only –No plates have been produced

29 DLP HISTORY – 1974 Treasure Island located in WDWs Bay Lake opens Treasure Island located in WDWs Bay Lake opens –Becomes Discovery Island in 1977 –Closed in 1999 after the opening of the Animal Kingdom –No plates have been produced

30 DLP HISTORY – 1975 WDWs Lake Buena Vista Village opens WDWs Lake Buena Vista Village opens –Shopping complex Became Walt Disney World Village - 1977 Became Walt Disney World Village - 1977 Became Disney Village Marketplace - 1989 Became Disney Village Marketplace - 1989 Became Downtown Disney Marketplace – 1996 Became Downtown Disney Marketplace – 1996 –No plates have been produced

31 DLP HISTORY – 1975 WDWs Treehouse Villas open WDWs Treehouse Villas open –Part of the Disney Village Resorts and the Vacation Villas –Integrated into the Disney Institute Villas in 1996 –Still in existence, but no longer available to the public –No plates have been produced

32 DLP HISTORY – 1976 Disney celebrated the U.S. Bicentennial with the America on Parade event Disney celebrated the U.S. Bicentennial with the America on Parade event –Unique plate released at both Disney parks (Disneyland and Walt Disney World) –Not park specific, this was the first souvenir full size plate sold at Disneyland

33 DLP HISTORY – 1976 River County, WDWs first Water Park opens River County, WDWs first Water Park opens –River Country closed in 2001 due to lack of popularity caused by the newer water parks

34 DLP HISTORY – 1978 WDWs Fairway Villas open WDWs Fairway Villas open –Part of the Disney Village Resorts and the Vacation Villas –Integrated into the Disney Institute Villas in 1996 –Demolished, no longer in existence –No plates have been produced

35 DLP HISTORY – 1980 WDWs Club Lake Villas opens WDWs Club Lake Villas opens –Part of the Disney Village Resorts and the Vacation Villas –Became Club Suites in 1989 Became the Bungalows when integrated into the Disney Institute Villas in 1996 Became the Bungalows when integrated into the Disney Institute Villas in 1996 –Demolished, no longer in existence –No plates have been produced

36 DLP HISTORY – 1981 WDW starts releasing plates on a regular basis, starting with the EPCOT Center pre- opening plate WDW starts releasing plates on a regular basis, starting with the EPCOT Center pre- opening plate

37 DLP HISTORY – 1982 EPCOT Center, WDWs second park opens EPCOT Center, WDWs second park opens

38 DLP HISTORY – 1983 Tokyo Disneyland opens Tokyo Disneyland opens –No plate releases until 1988 –Japan has very strict regulations for license plates used on vehicles

39 DLP HISTORY – 1983 Premier Cruise Line was the "official cruise line for Disney Premier Cruise Line was the "official cruise line for Disney –Premier operated from 1983 to 2000 –Marketed cruises as part of a land/sea vacation package including visits to Walt Disney World –In 1995 Disney decided to start its own cruise line and ended its relationship with Premier.

40 DLP HISTORY – 1985 Disneyland turns 30 Disneyland turns 30

41 DLP HISTORY – 1985 Disneylands first full size plate is released Disneylands first full size plate is released –First Disneyland park specific plate –Celebrating the 30 th Anniversary of the park –Starts a series of yearly plates that feature Mickey and Sleeping Beauty Castle

42 DLP HISTORY – 1985 –Disneyland license plates carried a Warning Notice on them regarding prohibited use –This warning can also be found on early WDW plates

43 DLP HISTORY – 1985 Oldsmobile becomes a sponsor of the WDW Golf Classic Oldsmobile becomes a sponsor of the WDW Golf Classic –Remains a sponsor through 1997

44 DLP HISTORY – 1986 Walt Disney Productions corporate name changes to The Walt Disney Company on February 6 th Walt Disney Productions corporate name changes to The Walt Disney Company on February 6 th

45 DLP HISTORY – 1986 WED Enterprises changes its name to Walt Disney Imagineering WED Enterprises changes its name to Walt Disney Imagineering

46 DLP HISTORY – 1986 WDW celebrates its 15 th Anniversary WDW celebrates its 15 th Anniversary

47 DLP HISTORY – 1988 Company D Stores established Company D Stores established –Exclusive stores selling merchandise to Cast Members First store opens at Disneyland in 1988 First store opens at Disneyland in 1988 Second store opens at Walt Disney World at the Team Disney building in 1991 Second store opens at Walt Disney World at the Team Disney building in 1991 Third store opens in Epcot in 1992 Third store opens in Epcot in 1992

48 DLP HISTORY – 1988 WDWs Grand Floridian Resort & Spa opens WDWs Grand Floridian Resort & Spa opens –Formerly known as the Grand Floridian Beach Resort –Name changed in 1997

49 DLP HISTORY – 1988 WDWs Caribbean Beach Resort opens WDWs Caribbean Beach Resort opens

50 DLP HISTORY – 1988 Tokyo Disneyland 5 th Anniversary Tokyo Disneyland 5 th Anniversary –Unique item produced Is it a plate or serving tray? Is it a plate or serving tray? –Embossed (stamped) –No bolt holes –¼ lip border –6½" X 13" in size

51 DLP HISTORY – 1989 Disney-MGM Studios, WDWs third park opens Disney-MGM Studios, WDWs third park opens

52 DLP HISTORY – 1989 Pleasure Island opens at WDW Pleasure Island opens at WDW –Adult entertainment complex –Becomes part of Downtown Disney in 1997

53 DLP HISTORY – 1989 WDWs Swan Resort opens WDWs Swan Resort opens –Operated by Westin Hotels

54 DLP HISTORY – 1989 WDWs Typhoon Lagoon Water Park opens WDWs Typhoon Lagoon Water Park opens

55 DLP HISTORY – 1989 WDW issues its first Lodging Resort plate WDW issues its first Lodging Resort plate –Featuring the Fort Wilderness Resort

56 DLP HISTORY – 1990 Last of the Disneyland year series is produced Last of the Disneyland year series is produced

57 DLP HISTORY – 1990 Disneyland celebrates its 35 th Anniversary Disneyland celebrates its 35 th Anniversary

58 DLP HISTORY – 1990 WDWs Dolphin Resort opens WDWs Dolphin Resort opens –Operated by Sheraton Hotels

59 DLP HISTORY – 1990 WDWs Yacht Club Resort opens WDWs Yacht Club Resort opens

60 DLP HISTORY – 1990 WDWs Beach Club Resort opens WDWs Beach Club Resort opens

61 DLP HISTORY – 1990 WDW issues its first Cast Member license plate WDW issues its first Cast Member license plate –Features the opening of the MGM Studios, WDWs third park CM plates are distributed by Cast Activities or the Company D Stores CM plates are distributed by Cast Activities or the Company D Stores

62 DLP HISTORY – 1991 WDW celebrates its 20 th Anniversary WDW celebrates its 20 th Anniversary

63 DLP HISTORY – 1991 Star Spangled Celebration is held at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Star Spangled Celebration is held at Disneyland and Walt Disney World –Both parks released a license plate

64 DLP HISTORY – 1991 WDWs Port Orleans Resort opens WDWs Port Orleans Resort opens –Merged with Dixie Landings Resort in 2001 –The combined resorts became the Port Orleans Resort

65 DLP HISTORY – 1991 Disney Vacation Club is started Disney Vacation Club is started –A time-share vacation property Since 1991, six DVC properties at WDW have opened Since 1991, six DVC properties at WDW have opened Two other DVC properties, one in Vero Beach, Florida and one in Hilton Head, South Carolina, brings the total number of DVC properties to eight Two other DVC properties, one in Vero Beach, Florida and one in Hilton Head, South Carolina, brings the total number of DVC properties to eight

66 DLP HISTORY – 1991 WDWs Disney Vacation Club Resort opens WDWs Disney Vacation Club Resort opens –1 st DVC Resort at WDW –Renamed Old Key West Resort in 1996

67 DLP HISTORY – 1992 Euro Disneyland opens Euro Disneyland opens –Now known as the Disneyland Paris Resort –Plate was sold in the U.S. Parks –Most of the Euro Disney and Disneyland Paris plates produced have a Made in the U.S.A. marking

68 DLP HISTORY – 1992 Euro Disneylands (Disneyland Paris) Hotel Cheyenne opens Euro Disneylands (Disneyland Paris) Hotel Cheyenne opens

69 DLP HISTORY – 1992 Euro Disneylands (Disneyland Paris) Hotel Santa Fe opens Euro Disneylands (Disneyland Paris) Hotel Santa Fe opens

70 DLP HISTORY – 1992 Euro Disneylands (Disneyland Paris) Hotel New York opens Euro Disneylands (Disneyland Paris) Hotel New York opens –No plates have been produced

71 DLP HISTORY – 1992 Euro Disneylands (Disneyland Paris) Newport Bay Club Hotel opens Euro Disneylands (Disneyland Paris) Newport Bay Club Hotel opens

72 DLP HISTORY – 1992 Euro Disneylands (Disneyland Paris) Disneyland Hotel opens Euro Disneylands (Disneyland Paris) Disneyland Hotel opens –No plates have been produced

73 DLP HISTORY – 1992 Euro Disneylands (Disneyland Paris) Davy Crockett Ranch opens Euro Disneylands (Disneyland Paris) Davy Crockett Ranch opens –Formerly known as Camp Davy Crockett

74 DLP HISTORY – 1992 Euro Disneylands (Disneyland Paris) Sequoia Lodge opens Euro Disneylands (Disneyland Paris) Sequoia Lodge opens

75 DLP HISTORY – 1992 Euro Disneylands (Disneyland Paris) Disney Village opens Euro Disneylands (Disneyland Paris) Disney Village opens –A shopping, dining and entertainment complex –Formerly known as Festival Disney –Name changed in 1996 –No plates have been produced

76 DLP HISTORY – 1992 EPCOT Center celebrates its 10 th Anniversary EPCOT Center celebrates its 10 th Anniversary

77 DLP HISTORY – 1992 WDWs Dixie Landings Resort opens WDWs Dixie Landings Resort opens –Merged with Port Orleans Resort in 2001 –Combined resort will be known as the Port Orleans Resort

78 HISTORY – 1993 Tokyo Disneyland celebrates its 10 th Anniversary Tokyo Disneyland celebrates its 10 th Anniversary

79 DLP HISTORY – 1993 Euro Disney plate line expands Euro Disney plate line expands –Featuring themed lands and attractions within the park

80 DLP HISTORY – 1993 Disney Company forms Anaheim Sports, Inc. Disney Company forms Anaheim Sports, Inc. –Wanting to add sports to its entertainment attractions in California –Mighty Ducks Hockey franchise is started –First few plates issued carried a Disney copyright Later issues were copyrighted by the NHL Later issues were copyrighted by the NHL

81 DLP HISTORY – 1994 EPCOT Center becomes Epcot EPCOT Center becomes Epcot –Center is dropped from the name –Letters are lower cased

82 DLP HISTORY – 1994 WDWs Pleasure Island celebrates its 5 th Anniversary WDWs Pleasure Island celebrates its 5 th Anniversary

83 DLP HISTORY – 1994 WDWs All-Star Resort opens WDWs All-Star Resort opens –All-Star Sports opened in April –All-Star Music opened in November –All-Star Movies opened January 1999

84 DLP HISTORY – 1994 WDWs Wilderness Lodge opens WDWs Wilderness Lodge opens

85 DLP HISTORY – 1994 The Town of Celebration is established The Town of Celebration is established – First residents move in, 1996

86 DLP HISTORY – 1994 The NFFC, a Disney Fan Club, releases a 10 th Anniversary plate honoring Disney The NFFC, a Disney Fan Club, releases a 10 th Anniversary plate honoring Disney

87 DLP HISTORY – 1994 Euro Disney formally changes its name to Disneyland Paris Euro Disney formally changes its name to Disneyland Paris Disneyland Paris Hotel Resort plates are issued Disneyland Paris Hotel Resort plates are issued

88 DLP HISTORY – 1995 Disneyland turns 40 and produces it last plate for the 1990s

89 DLP HISTORY – 1995 Disneylands Paradise Pier Hotel opens Disneylands Paradise Pier Hotel opens –Built in 1984 as the Pan Pacific Hotel –Purchased by Disney in 1995 and renamed the Disneyland Pacific Hotel –Renamed to Paradise Pier Hotel in October 2000 –No plates have been produced

90 DLP HISTORY – 1995 WDWs Speedway opens WDWs Speedway opens

91 DLP HISTORY – 1995 WDWs Blizzard Beach Water Park opens WDWs Blizzard Beach Water Park opens

92 DLP HISTORY – 1995 Vero Beach Resort in Florida opens Vero Beach Resort in Florida opens –DVC Resort

93 DLP HISTORY – 1996 WDW celebrates its 25 th Anniversary WDW celebrates its 25 th Anniversary

94 DLP HISTORY – 1996 The Disney Institute opens The Disney Institute opens –A new type of resort offering enrichment classes in the arts, culinary, sports and recreation The resort closes in July 2003 due to lack of popularity The resort closes in July 2003 due to lack of popularity

95 DLP HISTORY – 1996 Villas at the Disney Institute in WDW open Villas at the Disney Institute in WDW open –Formerly the Disney Village Resorts and the Vacation Villas Included the Bungalows, The Townhouses, Treehouse Villas, Fairway Villas and the Grand Vista Homes Included the Bungalows, The Townhouses, Treehouse Villas, Fairway Villas and the Grand Vista Homes –Closed July 2003 to make way for the Saratoga Springs & Spa DVC Resort –No plates have been produced

96 DLP HISTORY – 1996 WDWs Boardwalk Inn opens WDWs Boardwalk Inn opens

97 DLP HISTORY – 1996 WDWs Boardwalk Villas open WDWs Boardwalk Villas open –2 nd DVC Resort at WDW

98 DLP HISTORY – 1996 Hilton Head Resort in South Carolina opens Hilton Head Resort in South Carolina opens –DVC Resort

99 DLP HISTORY – 1996 First known Specialty plate is produced First known Specialty plate is produced –Designed as a give-a-way to guests staying at the Polynesian Resort during its 25 th Anniversary –The Polynesian Resort was one of the two Hotel Resorts opened with the WDW park in 1971

100 DLP HISTORY – 1996 Disney purchases Gorda Cay, an uninhabited island in the Bahamas Disney purchases Gorda Cay, an uninhabited island in the Bahamas –Will be used as a stop-over for Disney Cruise Lines –Renamed Castaway Cay Cay is pronounced Key Cay is pronounced Key

101 DLP HISTORY – 1996 Walt Disney Imagineering merges with the Disney Development Company, the Disney Companys real estate development subsidiary Walt Disney Imagineering merges with the Disney Development Company, the Disney Companys real estate development subsidiary

102 DLP HISTORY – 1996 Disney buys into the California Angels Baseball franchise Disney buys into the California Angels Baseball franchise –As Disney took over controlling interest, they renamed the team, the Anaheim Angels –Plates never carried a Disney copyright as MLB held those rights

103 DLP HISTORY – 1997 Epcot celebrates its 15 th Anniversary Epcot celebrates its 15 th Anniversary

104 DLP HISTORY – 1997 First WDW Magic Kingdom plate is released First WDW Magic Kingdom plate is released

105 DLP HISTORY – 1997 Downtown Disney Complex opens Downtown Disney Complex opens –Includes Pleasure Island, West End and the Marketplace

106 DLP HISTORY – 1997 WDWs Wide World of Sports Complex opens WDWs Wide World of Sports Complex opens

107 DLP HISTORY – 1997 WDW Hotel Resort license plate line expands WDW Hotel Resort license plate line expands –Creating Logo and Character plates for the resorts

108 DLP HISTORY – 1997 WDWs Coronado Springs Resort opens WDWs Coronado Springs Resort opens

109 HISTORY – 1997 Disneyland Paris celebrates its 5 th Anniversary Disneyland Paris celebrates its 5 th Anniversary

110 DLP HISTORY – 1998 Animal Kingdom, WDWs fourth park opens Animal Kingdom, WDWs fourth park opens

111 DLP HISTORY – 1998 Disney Cruise Lines makes its maiden voyage Disney Cruise Lines makes its maiden voyage –Disney Magic sails July 1998 –Disney Wonder sails August 1999 –Ships registry is the Bahamas

112 DLP HISTORY – 1998 Disneyland Paris issues its last plate Disneyland Paris issues its last plate –Plates were not popular souvenir items and were discontinued

113 DLP HISTORY – 1998 National Car Rental becomes the sponsor of the WDW Golf Classic National Car Rental becomes the sponsor of the WDW Golf Classic

114 DLP HISTORY – 1999 Disney MGM Studios celebrates its 10 th Anniversary Disney MGM Studios celebrates its 10 th Anniversary

115 DLP HISTORY – 1999 WDW starts replacing stamped aluminum plates with plastic plates WDW starts replacing stamped aluminum plates with plastic plates

116 DLP HISTORY – 2000 Disneyland celebrates its 45 th Anniversary Disneyland celebrates its 45 th Anniversary

117 DLP HISTORY – 2000 WDW celebrates the Millennium WDW celebrates the Millennium

118 DLP HISTORY – 2000 Tokyo Disneyland Resort releases it first true license plate Tokyo Disneyland Resort releases it first true license plate –Features Mouse Ear bolt holes to limit use –Carried a Warning Label on back of plate

119 DLP HISTORY – 2000 Tokyo Disneylands Disney Ambassador Hotel opens Tokyo Disneylands Disney Ambassador Hotel opens –No plates have been produced

120 DLP HISTORY – 2000 Tokyo Disneylands IKSPIARI opens Tokyo Disneylands IKSPIARI opens –A shopping, dining and entertainment complex –No plates have been produced

121 DLP HISTORY – 2001 WDW celebrates its 30 th Anniversary WDW celebrates its 30 th Anniversary

122 DLP HISTORY – 2001 Disneylands Downtown Disney opens Disneylands Downtown Disney opens

123 DLP HISTORY – 2001 WDWs Villas at Wilderness Lodge opens WDWs Villas at Wilderness Lodge opens –3 rd DVC Resort at WDW –No plates have been produced

124 DLP HISTORY – 2001 WDWs Animal Kingdom Lodge opens WDWs Animal Kingdom Lodge opens

125 DLP HISTORY – 2001 Disneylands Grand Californian Hotel opens Disneylands Grand Californian Hotel opens –First Disney Hotel Resort to be located inside a theme park –No plates have been produced

126 DLP HISTORY – 2001 Tokyo Disneylands Disney Sea Hotel Mira Costa opens Tokyo Disneylands Disney Sea Hotel Mira Costa opens –No plates have been produced

127 DLP HISTORY – 2001 Celebrating the birth of Walt Disney in 1901 with the 100 Years of Magic event Celebrating the birth of Walt Disney in 1901 with the 100 Years of Magic event

128 DLP HISTORY – 2001 Tokyo Disneyland releases the Party Express plate Tokyo Disneyland releases the Party Express plate –Commemorates Walt Disneys love of locomotives

129 DLP HISTORY – 2001 Disneyland resumes limited plate releases Disneyland resumes limited plate releases

130 DLP HISTORY – 2001 Disneylands second park, California Adventure opens Disneylands second park, California Adventure opens

131 DLP HISTORY – 2001 Tokyo Disneylands second park, Disney Sea, opens Tokyo Disneylands second park, Disney Sea, opens –Twelve plates released, commemorating the opening, all seven lands and three areas within the park

132 DLP HISTORY – 2001 The last WDW Golf Tournament license plates are issued The last WDW Golf Tournament license plates are issued –In 2002 plates were replaced with window stickers, decals and placards

133 DLP HISTORY – 2002 Walt Disney Studios Park Paris opens Walt Disney Studios Park Paris opens –Second park for Disneyland Paris –No plates have been produced

134 DLP HISTORY – 2002 WDWs Beach Club Villas opens WDWs Beach Club Villas opens –4 th DVC Resort at WDW –No plates have been produced

135 DLP HISTORY – 2003 Mickey turns 75 Mickey turns 75

136 DLP HISTORY – 2003 WDWs Pop Century Resort opens WDWs Pop Century Resort opens –No plates have been produced

137 DLP HISTORY – 2003 Disney sells the Anaheim Angels Baseball franchise Disney sells the Anaheim Angels Baseball franchise –A year after the Angels won the World Series

138 DLP HISTORY – 2004 WDWs Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa opens WDWs Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa opens –5 th DVC Resort at WDW –Built on the former Disney Institute grounds –No plates have been produced

139 DLP HISTORY – 2004 New York City World of Disney Store opens New York City World of Disney Store opens –Former Disney Gallery location

140 DLP HISTORY – 2005 Disneyland turns 50 Disneyland turns 50 –July 17, 2005

141 DLP HISTORY – 2005 Hong Kong Disneyland opens Hong Kong Disneyland opens –5 th Disney Theme Park –No plates have been produced

142 DLP HISTORY – 2005 Hong Kong Disneylands Disneyland Hotel opens Hong Kong Disneylands Disneyland Hotel opens –No plates have been produced

143 DLP HISTORY – 2005 Hong Kong Disneylands Hollywood Hotel opens Hong Kong Disneylands Hollywood Hotel opens –No plates have been produced

144 DLP HISTORY – 2005 First Dual-Sided plate appears First Dual-Sided plate appears FRONTBACK

145 DLP HISTORY – 2005 Disney sells the Mighty Ducks Hockey franchise Disney sells the Mighty Ducks Hockey franchise –Closing the door on Anaheim Sports, Inc.

146 DLP HISTORY – 2006 Disney purchases Pixar Animation Studios Disney purchases Pixar Animation Studios

147 DLP HISTORY – 2006 First Lenticular plate appears First Lenticular plate appears –Provides an optical 3-D effect

148 DLP HISTORY – 2006 First 3-D plate appears First 3-D plate appears

149 DLP HISTORY – 2006 Year Of A Million Dreams celebrationYear Of A Million Dreams celebration –October 1, 2006 to September 2008 –Held at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World

150 DLP HISTORY – 2006 Disney Vacation Club turns 15 Disney Vacation Club turns 15 –DVC has grown to serve more than 350,000 individual members from more than 100 countries and all 50 U.S. states

151 DLP HISTORY – 2007 Disneyland Paris turns 15 Disneyland Paris turns 15

152 DLP HISTORY – 2007 Villas at Disneys Animal Kingdom Lodge open Villas at Disneys Animal Kingdom Lodge open –6 th DVC Resort at WDW –No plates have been produced

153 DLP HISTORY – 2007 Epcot turns 25 Epcot turns 25

154 DLP HISTORY – 2008 Walt Disney Worlds Disney MGM Studios becomes Hollywood Studios on January 7, 2008 Walt Disney Worlds Disney MGM Studios becomes Hollywood Studios on January 7, 2008 –No plates have been produced

155 DLP HISTORY – 2008 As of January 2008 there are 591 catalogued license plates As of January 2008 there are 591 catalogued license plates –383 plates were issued at Walt Disney World 65% of total plates 65% of total plates –Only 23 plates were issued at Disneyland.04% of the total plates.04% of the total plates –177 plates are made of plastic 30% of total plates 30% of total plates


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