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June 25

June 25, 2005 – The Ward Kimball Steam Engine is Put Into Service in Disneyland

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“Also, unlike the other engines, it was named not for an icon of the railroad, but for an icon of the Walt Disney Company.”

On June 25, 2005, the number 5 engine, the Ward Kimball, was officially put into service as part of the Disneyland Railroad. It was the first new engine to be added to the railroad in almost 50 years, and was named for Nine Old Men member and railroad enthusiast Ward Kimball; Kimball’s love of trains inspired Walt Disney’s love of railroads. The engine would be dedicated on February 15, 2006, as a part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Disneyland. The engine itself was operated by Kimball’s grandson, Nate Lord, an engineer for the Disneyland Railroad.

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June 24

June 24, 1993 – The Discoveryland Station Opens for the Euro Disneyland Railroad

“Leave tomorrow behind you and steam ahead to your next magical stop in Disneyland Park.”

On June 24, 1993, the Discoveryland Station opened as part of the expansion of the Euro Disneyland Railroad (now the Disneyland Railroad). The railroad originally opened on April 12, 1992 with three stops: Main Street, Frontierland, and Fantasyland. The Discoveryland station was opened to bridge the gap within the par, and brings guests across views of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril and Pirates of the Caribbean.

June 23

June 23, 2018 – The Lamplight Lounge Opens in Disney California Adventure

“Discover a newly reimagined restaurant celebrating the creativity, inspiration and personalities of the artists that bring Pixar tales to life!”

On June 23, 2018, the Pixar Pier restaurant Lamplight Lounge opened in Disney California Adventure park. Replacing the Cove Bar and Ariel’s Grotto, the lounge is outfitted with promotional art and movie posters from Pixar films. The menu features American gastropub fare ranging from brunch to dinner, with such dishes as New York Avocado Toast and a Salmon PLT.

June 22

June 22, 2004 – The Special Edition Soundtrack of The Cheetah Girls is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“I don’t wanna be like Cinderella, sitting in a dark, cold, dusty cellar.”

On June 22, 2004, the album The Cheetah Girls – Special Edition Soundtrack was released through Walt Disney Records. This album was an updated version of the original soundtrack, which was released nearly a year prior on August 12, 2003; the special edition features karaoke versions of the movie tracks, as well as remixes of “Cinderella” and “Girl Power.”

June 21

June 21, 2016 – The Frozen Ever After Attraction Opens in Epcot

“Voyage to Arendelle aboard an ancient Nordic vessel as you take a musical tour of the wintery world of Frozen.”

On June 21, 2016, the attraction Frozen Ever After opened in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion of the World Showcase. Replacing the Maelstrom attraction, the ride has guests boarding a boat and sailing through the story of Frozen and Frozen Fever, complete with appearances from Elsa, Anna, and Marshmellow. The ride also features music from the hit animated feature film.

June 20

June 20, 1996 – Big Thunder Barbecue Becomes the Festival of Foods

On June 20, 1996, the Big Thunder Barbecue was renamed Festival of Foods, renamed and rethemed to promote the animated feature film The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It reverted back to the Big Thunder Barbecue on May 30, 1997.

June 19

June 19, 1985 – The Fast-Food Facility Yumz Opens in Disneyland

On June 19, 1985, the fast-food facility Yumz opened in Disneyland’s Videopolis area. It served as Videopolis’ snack bar, serving pizza bread, nachos, and soft drinks. When the area started showing “The Spirit of Pocahontas,” the name of the snack bar became Meeko’s.