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Monthly Archives: May 2018

May 25

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May 25, 1983 – The Village Haus Restaurant Opens in Disneyland

“Hi diddle-dee-dee, an actor’s life for me.”

On May 25, 1993, the Village Haus Restaurant opened in Disneyland’s Fantasyland area. Based on the animated feature Pinocchio, and first known as the Village Inn Restaurant, the menu featured quick-service dishes, including flatbread pizza, burgers, and grilled chicken. On February 24, 2017, the restaurant was changed to become the Red Rose Tavern, and changed to promote the upcoming live-action feature film Beauty and the Beast.

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May 24

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May 24, 2017 – Pandora – The World of Avatar is Dedicated at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“Now, anyone who has ever dreamed of visiting this extraordinary world can explore the astonishing landscape and ecosystem, soar on the back of a banshee and actually become part of the Avatar adventure.”

On May 24, 2017, the new area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, known as Pandora – The World of Avatar, was officially dedicated. Based on James Cameron’s hit film Avatar, the area brings the world of Pandora to life, where guests can explore the rainforests by sailing down the Na’vi River, hike among the Valley of Mo’ara, and fly across the sky on the back of a mountain banshee. This area covers 12-acres of the Walt Disney World Park, and took several years, and a collaboration between Disney and Lightstorm Entertainment, to come to life. The dedication ceremony featured James Cameron and Disney CEO Bob Iger as they introduced the park and opened it up to guests.

May 23

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May 23, 2014 – The “Rock Your Disney Side Party” Kicks Off in Disney Parks

“We’re Rockin’ our Disney Side for 24 hours – from 6 a.m., May 23 to 6 a.m., May 24, 2014, local time!”

On May 23, 2014, the 24-hour Disney Park event “Rock Your Disney Side” kicked off in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park, Disneyland Park, and Disney California Adventure Park. Guests were encouraged to embrace their “Disney Sides,” particularly if they were showing their #Heroside or #Villainside. The event began at 6:00 am in the parks’ respective time zones, and featured special character meet and greets, including an appearance by villain Maleficent.

May 22

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May 22, 1998 – The Astro Orbitor Opens in Disneyland

“As the newest star pilot to join the fleet, the time has come for you to take to the sky.”

On May 22, 1998, the Astro Orbitor attraction opened in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland area. It was based on Orbitoron from Disneyland Paris, rather than the Astro Orbiter attraction at Walt Disney World. The attraction has guests loaded into a three-person spaceship where they can soar above Tomorrowland, adjusting the height of their rocket as they spin around.

May 21

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May 21, 1928 – Walt Disney Files to Trademark Mickey Mouse

On May 21, 1928, Walt Disney Enterprises officially filed with the United States Patent Office, looking to trademark Mickey Mouse. After Walt lost ownership of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Walt Disney Enterprises was certain that they would never face a similar situation. The trademark was called a “name mark,” which protects the character against similar names and similar logos. Anything that was considered too similar to Mickey Mouse, even changing one letter of the name, would infringe on Disney’s rights. This was the one of the first of many trademarks that would be filed by the Walt Disney Company.

May 20

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May 20, 1973 – The Plaza Swan Boats Attraction Opens

“Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the Magic Kingdom’s inland waterways.”

On May 20, 1973, the Plaza Swan Boats attraction opened in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. The attraction, a free-floating swan boat, sailed around Cinderella Castle in a specially built moat, and provided guests an opportunity to leisurely view the Magic Kingdom. The attraction was used during peak periods of attendance until August 1983, when they were shut down permanently. The boats have since been auctioned off to collectors.

May 19

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May 19, 2006 – The Mission: SPACE Green Team Experience Premieres in Epcot

“Or you can opt for the brand-new – and less intense – orbit around Earth as part of the Green Mission.”

On May 19, 2006, a gentler option of the popular Epcot attraction Mission: SPACE, known as the Green Team, officially premiered. The Green Mission was created as a way to provide the attraction to more guests who are uneasy riding the original attraction (now known as the Orange Mission) due to many cases of severe motion sickness. In the Green Mission, guests no longer travel to Mars, but orbit around the Earth; though no longer using a centrifuge approach to simulate lift-off and reentry, the ride still tilts and moves slightly.