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June 10

June 10, 2008 – Disney Announces Plans to Stream Movies Online

The Wonderful World of Disney, the venerable prime-time TV show originally hosted by Walt Disney himself, is getting its geek on.”

On June 10, 2008, Disney.com released a statement that they planned to stream several of the studio’s full-length feature films online. The announced plan was that these films would be shown on the Saturday night program The Wonderful World of Disney, and then be shown for free on the online platform. The schedule included Pixar favorites Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc., as well as films Haunted Mansion, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Princess Diaries 2, Freaky Friday, and Peter Pan.

June 9

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June 9, 2007 – The Attraction Cars Quatre Roues Rallye Opens in Disneyland Paris

“Rev up your engines and zoom alongside Lightning McQueen in this speedy circuit from the world of Cars.

On June 9, 2007, the Toon Studios attraction Cars Quatre Roues Rallye opened in Disneyland Paris’ Walt Disney Studios Park. Based on the Pixar film franchise Cars, guests board cars that spin around in a Radiator Springs service station area; the spinning ability is similar to the Mad Tea Party attraction found in most Disney parks.

June 8

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June 8, 1993 – The Soundtrack for Snow white and the Seven Dwarfs is Released on CD for the First Time

“Though your teeth are out, and your whiskers sprout, and your arches give away, you’re never too old to be young and gay.”

On June 8, 1993, the soundtrack for Disney’s animated feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released for the first time on compact disc (CD). It featured the entire score and songs from the film, as well as two songs that were created for the film but inevitably cut from the final production: “Music in Your Soup” and “You’re Never Too Old to Be Young.”

June 7

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June 7, 2005 – The Compilation Album Disney Girlz Rock is Released Through Walt Disney Records

“Together we can shoot the moon, stop the rain, even ride a hurricane.”

On June 7, 2005, the compilation album Disney Girlz Rock was released through Walt Disney Records. It featured a variety of songs by female Disney artists, or female artists featured in Disney projects, including A*Teens, Lindsay Lohan, Raven-Symoné, The Cheetah Girls, Hilary and Haylie Duff, Caleigh Peters, Everlife, Aly & AJ, The Beu Sisters, Hayden Panettiere, Christy Carlson Romano, Christina Aguilera, and Myra. A second compilation was released in 2008.

June 6

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June 6, 2014 – The Marketplace Co-Op Opens in Downtown Disney

“Discover unique new shops, products, and retail concepts being tested in this shopper’s paradise in Disney Springs.”

On June 6, 2014, the Marketplace Co-Op area opened in Downtown Disney (now Disney Springs). The area serves as a merchandise hub where several boutiques come together to sell their wares. The current lineup includes Cherry Tree Lane (a Disney-inspired designer line), Twenty Eight & Main (an exclusive collection for men), D-Tech on Demand (accessories for smartphones), Disney Centerpiece (home furnishing collections), and the WonderGround Gallery (a collection and display of Disney-inspired art).

June 5

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June 5, 2010 – The Main Street Electrical Parade Returns to Walt Disney World

“In thousands of sparkling lights, and electro-synthe-magnetic musical sounds: the Main Street Electrical Parade!”

On June 5, 2010, popular nighttime parade Main Street Electrical Parade returned to Walt Disney World. Originally appearing in Disneyland starting on June 17, 1972, versions of the parade also made appearances in Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland. Prior to its final Walt Disney World appearance starting on June 5, 2010, the parade operated seasonally at Disneyland. After closing in Walt Disney World on October 9, 2016, the parade went back to Disneyland for a limited engagement, starting January 20, 2017.

June 4

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June 4, 2006 – The Musical The Lion King Closes at the New Amsterdam Theatre

“Till we find our place on the path unwinding, in the circle, the circle of life.”

On June 4, 2006, the Broadway musical The Lion King held its final performance at the New Amsterdam Theater in New York City. The show had been at the theatre since October 10, 1997, and was lauded for its imaginative interpretation of the animated feature film source. The production, fortunately, was not closed permanently; the show was to be transferred to the Minskoff Theatre, while the production of Mary Poppins would be taking its place at the New Amsterdam. The Minskoff Theatre underwent some custom renovations to accommodate the incoming production, and the show opened in the theatre on June 13th. As of 2019, the Minskoff Theatre is still home to The Lion King.

June 3

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June 3, 2011 – The Attraction The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure Opens in Disney’s California Adventure

“Journey under the sea for a whimsical musical adventure awash with scenes from  the animated Disney classic.”

On June 3, 2011, the dark ride attraction The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure opened in Disney California Adventure Park. Guests board a clamshell version of the Omnimover and head “under the sea” to explore musical scenes from the popular animated feature film, including versions of “Poor Unfortunate Souls” and “Kiss the Girl.” A version of this attraction opened in Walt Disney World’s New Fantasyland expansion on December 6, 2012.

June 2

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June 2, 2003 – Disney’s Toontown Online Officially Launches

“Ever wonder what it’d be like to live life as a toon?”

On June 2, 2003, the online community game Disney’s Toontown Online officially launched. The game was a multiplayer online role-playing game, and was developed by Disney’s Virtual Reality Studio, Schell Games, and Frogchildren Studios. Users could create their own toon avatar, and battle against antagonists called Cogs. There was also an early social media component to the game known as “SpeedChat,” with pre-approved phrases that users could use to chat with other users. The game was officially shut down on September 19, 2013.

June 1

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June 1, 1997 – The Disneyland Parade The Lion King Celebration Ends

“Oh, I just can’t wait to be king!”

On June 1, 1997, the Lion King Celebration parade ended its run in Disneyland. The parade, starting on July 1, 1994, was notable for being the first parade to feature Audio-Animatronic figures outside of stationary attractions. It was also a combination parade and stage show, as the parade would stop at various intervals on the route and perform songs from the film, ending each performance with a version of “Circle of Life” while an Audio-Animatronic Simba let out a roar from the Pride Rock float. The parade also featured actors dressed as birds performing acrobatic stunts and remote-controlled animals.