Datebook: April 12 - Disneyland Paris Opens 20 Years Ago

Apr 12, 2012

"The happiest place on Earth" became "Le paradis sur Terre" on this day 20 years ago, when Euro Disney Resort opened it's gates for the first time. It became the second Disney resort to open outside of the United States (Tokyo Disney Resort). The complex was the subject of controversy in the the late 80 and early 90s, due to protests from labor unions, including a critic who called the concept "cultural Chernobyl." Also, park and hotel attendance fell below projections. Nevertheless, the park became profitable after changing its name to Disneyland Paris and opened a second park, Walt Disney Studios Park, in March 2002. The complex claims over 15.4 million visitors a year, and is one of France's and Europe's most visited themed attractions.  Okay, who's coming with?

It’s Thursday, April 12

The Murray State University Department of Art and Design holds opening receptions tomorrow night from 6 to 8 for two BFA exhibits.  Austin Madding and Justin Schuring will exhibit their work in the Clara M. Eagle Upper Gallery, and Monica Stewart and Jenny Bittner will exhibit their work in the Curris Center Gallery.   The exhibits run through the twentieth.

Three independent aggressive rock groups from Paducah will be featured on Saturday night from 7 to 10 at Terrapin Station in Murray.  Hear music from The Savage, Hendron, and Thick as Thieves.  The concert is free.  Space is limited, so arrive early.

Murray State University is accepting registrations for its Young Authors Camp, which will be June 4th through the 8th.  The camp is open to youth ages eight to twelvewith an interest in writing.  Participants will practice a variety of writing styles under the direction of local teachers, visiting writers, and MSU faculty and students.There’s a registration form at

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