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June 12

June 12, 1975 – America on Parade Begins in Disneyland

“Floats throughout America on Parade represented historical, cultural and scientific achievements throughout the first 200 years of our nation.”

On June 12, 1975, the daytime parade America on Parade began its run in Disneyland. Celebrating the bicentennial of the United States of America, the parade featured special floats and character costumes that celebrated the history, culture, and heroes of the country, accompanied by a medley of popular songs. The parade was also led by Mickey, Goofy, and Donald, dressed in the “Spirit of ‘76” costumes. This parade was the first time that the parks on both coasts jointly worked on a production, which was viewed by over 25 million guests. The Disneyland version of the parade ran for 678 productions, ending on September 12, 1976.

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June 11

June 11, 1983 – Refreshment Outpost Opens in Epcot

“Need to chill?”

On June 11, 1983, the Refreshment Outpost opened in Epcot’s World Showcase section. Created as part of a planned Africa pavilion, the area serves as a snack bar, featuring soft-serve ice cream, alcoholic beverages, and a hot dog entrée.

June 10

June 10, 1958 – The People and Places Featurette Wales is Released to Theaters

On June 10, 1958, the People & Places Featurette Wales was released to theaters. It was the eleventh featurette in the series to be released, and was filmed in CinemaScope. Directed by Geoffrey Foot, the featurette takes a look at the country of Wales, including its rich history and folklore, along with its factories and natural resources.

June 9

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June 9, 2007 – Crush’s Coaster Attraction Opens in Disneyland Paris

“Spin, dive and fight against the current as you get swept up in a whirlpool of adventure.”

On June 9, 2007, the attraction Crush’s Coaster opened in the Toon Studio area of Disneyland Paris. Based on the Pixar film Finding Nemo, guests board a turtle shell before diving into the ocean and reliving the best parts of the film, including the journey through the East Australian Current. Guests also have the opportunity to play a game on their phones while waiting in the queue, where they must catch starfish and avoid obstacles.

June 8

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June 8, 1962 – McDonnell Douglas Begins Rocket to the Moon Attraction Sponsorship

On June 8, 1962, the aerospace manufacturer and defense contractor McDonnell Douglas took over the sponsorship of Disneyland’s Tomorrowland attraction Rocket to the Moon. McDonnell Douglas succeeded TWA, who ended their sponsorship in 1961. The sponsorship was a big deal for the company, as it had just been formed in 1967, after a merger between McDonnell Aircraft and Douglas Aircraft Company. This sponsorship ended in 1966, when the attraction would then become Flight to the Moon. McDonnell Douglas sponsored the succeeding attraction until January 5, 1975.

June 7

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June 7, 1975 – The Mission to Mars Attraction Opens in Walt Disney World

“Our Mission to Mars takes place sometime in the future, when a sightseeing trip to the red planet is an everyday adventure.”

On June 7, 1975, the Mission to Mars attraction opened in Walt Disney World. Similar to the original attraction that opened in Disneyland on March 21, 1975, the Walt Disney World attraction gave guests an idea of how it would be if humans could travel to Mars. Both park versions were updated from the original Flight to the Moon attraction, which had become outdated after man had made it to the moon in 1969. The Walt Disney World attraction closed on October 4, 1993.

June 6

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June 6, 1993 – Les Pirouettes du Vieux Moulin Attraction Opens in Disneyland Paris

On June 6, 1993, the attraction Les Pirouettes du Vieux Moulin opened in Disneyland Paris’ Fantasyland. The attraction was a Ferris wheel that was inspired by the windmill from the Disney short film The Old Mill. The attraction was closed a few years later due to low interest among guests, but the structure still remains in the park.