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June 10

June 10, 1955 – The Special Goofy Short El Gaucho Goofy is Released to Theaters


“Howdy, strangers!”

On June 10, 1955, the special Goofy short film El Gaucho Goofy was released to theaters. It was originally a segment of the animated feature film Saludos Amigos.

Set in Texas, the narrator introduces the North American cowboy, played by Goofy, and then introduces the South American counterpart: the Gaucho. Goofy is then turned into a gaucho, and soon captures his horse, though it seems that the course catches Goofy instead. Goofy then has to saddle his horse, with layers and layers of saddling. That night, Goofy sets up an Argentine barbeque, which has its own ceremony to it involving bread, meat, and a knife – with Goofy accidentally eating part of the knife. This is then followed with Goofy using the bolas to capture the avestrus, an Argentinian ostrich. Goofy is able to capture the ostrich, and the capture is done again in slow-motion, only this time with Goofy, the avestrus, and Goofy’s horse getting caught by the bolas. That night, Goofy sings a song under the stars, and he dances with his horse. Goofy is then sent back to Texas, filled with fond memories of being a Gaucho.

June 9

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June 9, 1984 – The Laserphonic Fantasy Show Debuts at Epcot


On June 9, the Laserphonic Fantasy light show debuted in Epcot. The show was a precursor to Illuminations, which opened in 1988. Laserphonic Fantasy was an elaborate laser and effects show, featuring the music of composer Don Dorsey, performed in full orchestral. The show took many cues from its predecessor, A New World Fantasy, and was one of the first shows to use lasers on a water-droplet screen. The show did not feature spotlights on specific countries; this addition was made for Illuminations.

June 8

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June 8, 2005 – Disney Donates Two Park Attraction Parts to the Smithsonian


“During the parks’ 50th anniversary, it seemed a perfect time for Disneyland to officially join hands across the continent with the Smithsonian and bring these two great American institutions together.” – Michael Eisner, Former CEO of the Walt Disney Company

On June 8, 2005, the Walt Disney Company officially presented two new items for the collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History: a Dumbo from the Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction, and a Tea Cup from the Mad Tea Party attraction. These two items were picked specifically to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Disneyland, as both attractions have been in the park since it opened in 1955. The ceremony included an appearance by Michael Eisner and Mickey Mouse.

June 7

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June 7, 1940 – The Donald Duck Short Film Mr. Duck Steps Out Premieres in Theaters


“Oh boy! What a jitterbug!”

On June 7, 1940, the Donald Duck short film Mr. Duck Steps Out premiered in theaters. It was directed by Jack King. This is one of the few shorts where Clarence “Ducky” Nash voices all the characters, including Daisy Duck.

The short begins with Donald preparing for his date with his sweetheart, Daisy. He dresses in his finest outfit, grabs a straw hat, a cane, and a box of chocolates, and dances his way into the living room, to find his nephews dancing with him with bouquets of flowers. He tricks the boys into the closet and locks the door before heading out on his date, unaware that the boys free themselves by sawing a hole through the wall. When Donald arrives at Daisy’s, the boys, who have already snuck inside, steal his gift. Donald chases after the boys, until he sees Daisy. Donald sheepishly says that he has brought his nephews with him, to which Daisy finds considerate and sweet. Donald bribes the boys to get some ice cream, which seems to leave Donald and Daisy alone. Daisy plays hard to get with Donald, but he is interrupted when trying to kiss her by the return of the nephews. Donald then gets Daisy to dance with him, but once again the happy pair are broken up by the nephews. Donald and the nephews continue to jockey over who gets to dance with Daisy, when one of the nephews gets an idea to use a hot corn cob to stop Donald. Donald accidentally swallows the heated cob, which starts to pop inside of him. Donald dances wildly while popping, and the boys accompany his movements. Daisy, seemingly unaware of any problem, continues to dance with Donald. The short ends with an excited Daisy covering Donald in kisses.

June 6

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June 6, 2012 – The Short Film Paperman Premieres at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival


“A single young man in mid-century New York chances upon a beautiful young woman. Will he see her again?”

On June 6, 2012, the short film Paperman premiered at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. The short was a minimalistic film that was a blend of 2D and CG animation in a new blend where the CG enhanced the 2D animation rather than the other way around. The short was met with critical acclaim at the festival, and would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Short Film. It was directed by John Kahrs, with story by Clio Chiang and Kendelle Hoyer, and score by Christophe Beck.

The short begins with a man waiting for his train, when a paper belonging to a young woman hits his shoulder. The two wait silently, and when another train passes, one of the man’s papers flies into the face of the woman, leaving a lipstick stain on the sheet. After they share a laugh, the man watches the young woman head the other way on her train. He sits at his desk at work, despondent, when he sees her in an office across the street. Trying to get her attention, he decides to make paper airplanes out of his paperwork, with many near misses. Eventually, he runs out of paper, leaving only the sheet with the lipstick mark available. Seeing that it is his last chance, he turns the sheet into a plane, but the wind whips it out of his hand before he can send it flying her direction. He decides to chase after her, but loses her in the street. He finds the airplane with the lipstick, and angrily throws it across town. The plane comes across all the other paper airplanes, and gathers them together in a whirlwind. The planes find the man and follow him before attaching themselves to him. They carry him across town to the train station, while the lipstick plane finds the girl and has her follow it to the train station. The man and woman are reunited at the train station from that morning, and are seen having a date in the credits.

June 5

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June 5, 1999 – The Attraction The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Opens in Walt Disney World


“Glide and bounce and swirl through some of the most popular scenes and settings of Winnie the Pooh.”

On June 5, 1999, the attraction The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh opened in the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World. Replacing the Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, there is a small Easter egg of Mr. Toad in the attraction, handing over the deed to the character of Owl. The attraction takes guests through the adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood, based on the hit 1997 film of the same name. The attraction has an interactive walkthrough to entertain young children, which includes a hide-and-seek game in Rabbit’s garden and a space to explore Eeyore’s home. The ride itself is a dark ride, with areas illuminated by special black lights. Similar attractions have been opened in Disneyland (April 11, 2003), Hong Kong Disneyland (September 12, 2005), and Tokyo Disneyland (although renamed as Pooh’s Hunny Hunt).

June 4

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June 4, 1991 – Company D Opens in the Team Disney Building

Company D

On June 4, 1991, the cast member store Company D opened in the Team Disney Building, located in Walt Disney World. This is the second Company D store, with the first opening in Disneyland in 1988, and a third opening in Epcot in 1992. Specialty merchandise is made available for Disney Cast Members, ranging from Cast Member exclusive pins to t-shirts; this merchandise is highly sought after by collectors.

June 3

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June 3, 1984 – The Restaurant Bistro de Paris Opens in Epcot’s France Pavilion


“Gourmet restaurant located at the 2nd floor”

On June 3, 1984, the restaurant Bistro de Paris opened in Epcot’s World Showcase, in the France Pavilion. The restaurant was created due to the success and demand for reservations for Les Chefs de France, and was located in the upstairs area of the restaurant. Like Les Chefs, Bistro de Paris specialized in gourmet French cuisine, featuring favorites such as filet mignon, duck breast, and crème brulee. The restaurant was closed on July 31, 2012; it was renovated and reopened in December, now named Monsieur Paul after famous French chef Paul Bocuse.

June 2

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June 2, 2003 – The Short Film Destino Premieres at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival


“It is a little different…for us, but I’m enormously proud that we’ve done this because it is about who we are as artists, how long our history is and how long we respect it.” – Roy E. Disney

On June 2, 2003, the special short feature Destino kicked off the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. The film was a long time in the making, beginning as a collaboration between Walt Disney and artist Salvador Dali in 1946. Although storyboarded for eight months, the film was mysteriously stopped and never brought to the light of day again, until Roy Disney championed its completion in 2002. The film was finished at Disney Studio France, which then garnered the attention of Annecy’s artistic directors. Complications arose in the completion of the project, as the contract between Disney and Dali stipulated that Disney possessed the storyboards, but didn’t own any aspect of the project until the movie was made. Using a portfolio of 80 sketches and a 15-second film reel. The completed short is a mix of 2D and CG animation, with the CG being used to replicate Dali’s “plastic” style. The film would go on to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short. The story for the film was developed by Dali and John Hench, and features the song “Destino,” written by Armando Dominiguez. The song was performed by Dora Luz.

June 1

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June 1, 2009 – The Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa


“Surrounded by the lush forest along the Saddagoula River, the Treehouse Villas are an enchanting hideaway just a walk or boat ride away from the heart of Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa.”

On June 1, 2009, the Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa open at Walt Disney World. These villas used to be accommodations at Lake Buena Vista, opening in 1975, but were closed in 2002. The villas were given a major remodel and made part of the Saratoga Springs Resort, a Disney Vacation Club resort. Located a boat ride away from Downtown Disney, the villas are elevated at least ten feet from the ground, and are exquisite rooms complete with kitchens, spacious living area, and private decks.