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June 18

June 18, 1988 – The Meet-and-Greet Area Mickey’s Hollywood Theater Opens in Walt Disney World

On June 18, 1988, the special meet-and-greet area Mickey’s Hollywood Theater opened in the Mickey’s Birthdayland area of Magic Kingdom Park. It was designed to look like Mickey’s dressing room, so as to give guests the impression that they are meeting Mickey after his live show. Mickey’s Hollywood Theater remained after the area became Mickey’s Starland, but closed on March 11, 1996, when the area was remodeled to become Mickey’s Toontown Fair.

June 17

June 17, 2016 – The Merchandise Stop The Wandering Reindeer Opens in Epcot

“…Wandering Reindeer is a shopper’s delight that adds to the flurry of Frozen fun – and continues the theme of wintery good times with style!”

On June 17, 2016, the specialty merchandise stop The Wandering Reindeer opened in Epcot’s World Showcase in the Norway Pavilion. Coinciding with the addition of elements from the animated feature film Frozen, the store sells a variety of merchandise featuring the characters, including apparel and plush toys.

June 16

June 16, 1956 – The Rafts to Tom Sawyer Island Attraction Opens in Disneyland

“Journey by log raft across the Rivers of America and discover a mysterious place rumored to contain long-lost treasure.”

On June 16, 1956, the Rafts to Tom Sawyer Island attraction opened in Disneyland’s Frontierland. The rafts take guests to Tom Sawyer Island, where they can look for the buried treasure as they immerse themselves in the stories of the classic character created by Mark Twain. The dock where guests board the rafts has moved over the years as the Frontierland area has undergone massive changes. The rafts and the island itself have the unique distinction of being the old Disneyland attraction designed by Walt Disney himself. Versions of this attraction have also opened in Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland.

June 15

June 15, 2012 – The Merchandise Stop Oswald’s Opens in Disney California Adventure

“Top off your supply of Disney merchandise…including retro merchandise inspired by one of Walt Disney’s first creations and the shop’s namesake, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.”

On June 15, 2012, the merchandise stop Oswald’s opened in Disney California Adventure Park. Fashioned like a classic gas station, the store features merchandise for one of Disney’s first creations, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Since The Walt Disney Company’s reacquisition of Oswald in 2006, this store is one of the many changes to incorporate the character into the park and other company holdings. The store also features specialty merchandise featuring the classic character.

June 14

June 14, 1958 – The Columbia Sailing Ship Attraction Opens in Disneyland

“Sail boldly forth into the wilderness on a full-scale replica of a majestic 3-masted ship from the 18th century.”

On June 14, 1958, the Columbia Sailing Ship attraction opened in Disneyland’s Frontierland. Based on the original ship that circumnavigated the globe in 1787, the ship was meticulously designed to be extremely accurate to the time, and includes several displays that portray life for sailors in the 18th century. The ship sails in the Rivers of America, circling the Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island.

June 13

June 13, 1927 – The Alice Comedy Alice’s Channel Swim is Released to Theaters

On June 13, 1927, the Alice Comedy Alice’s Channel Swim was released to theaters. It was the 52nd Alice Comedy released, and the fifth starring fourth and final Alice actress, Lois Hardwick. Unfortunately, like many of Hardwick’s short films, the film has since been classified as a lost cartoon.

June 12

June 12, 1994 – The Merchandise Store Legends of Hollywood Opens in Hollywood Studios

Star Wars fans, your shop has come in!”

On June 12, 1994, the specialty merchandise store opened in Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. Located on Sunset Boulevard, the store changes often to fit a popular theme; as of 2017, the store focuses on special merchandise from the Star Wars franchise, including kitchenware, ear hats, and “creations from top designers.”