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August 6

August 6, 1970 – Yippies Invade Disneyland

“The youths, who were participating in what was called a Yippie ‘invasion,’ had shouted obscenities and had pulled down red, white and blue bunting hanging near Disneyland’s make believe City Hall.”

On August 6, 1970, the Youth International Party, known as “Yippies,” held a “takeover” of Disneyland. Among the activies and groups attending included a Black Panther breakfast at the Aunt Jemima Pancake House, a liberation of Minnie Mouse by the Women’s Liberation, and meeting of the Self Defensive Collective at the shooting gallery in Frontierland. As the intention for this day had been made public, Anaheim law enforcement had been placed on high alert and given riot training, as they have been told that the Yippies would be heavily armed and planning an attack on the Bank of America on Main Street. Though it had been predicted that between 20,000 and 200,000 Yippies would show up to the park, only about 300 actually participated in the events.

Though several caused some strange activities that day, nothing serious occurred in the park until about 5pm, when two groups of Yippies boarded the rafts and headed to Tom Sawyer Island. After they replaced the United States Flag with the Yippie flag and attempted to get a rise out of nearby tourists, park officials decided to take a preemptive strike and close the park before there were any altercations between the Yippies and the park guests. As the Yippies were pushed down Main Street, they were greeted with a band of guests singing “God Bless America.” This led to another altercation, and another swift push to get the Yippies out of Disneyland. While there was some minor damage done to the park property, the overall protest did little to disrupt the park’s operations until the early closing.

June 24

June 24, 1972 – The Specialty Shop Crystal Arts Opens in Disneyland

“Etch marks the spot at this Main Street, U.S.A. mainstay!”

On June 24, 1972, the specialty shop Crystal Arts opened on Main Street in Disneyland. Presented by the Arribas Brothers, the store creates special pieces based on Disney characters and places, as well as glassware and tiaras that guests can have engraved. Versions of this store have also opened in Walt Disney World (opening in 1971) and Tokyo Disneyland (opening in 1986).

April 8

April 8, 1974 – The Nature Preserve Treasure Island Opens in Walt Disney World

On April 8, 1974, the nature preserve Treasure Island opened in Walt Disney World. Renamed Discovery Island in 1977, it was an 11.5-acre wildlife sanctuary to several types of exotic and engendered animals and birds. It was originally planned to have a theme based on the live action film Treasure Island; although that idea was quickly scrapped, some remnants of the idea remained, including a wrecked ship on one of the area’s shores. The area was closed on April 8, 1999 and has been left abandoned. The area is not to be confused with the part of Animal Kingdom also known as Discovery Island, though Animal Kingdom has since taken over Disney’s animal conservation activities.

April 1

April 1, 1974 – Pioneer Hall Opens in Walt Disney World’s Fort Wilderness

“Here tonight: the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue! Fun for All!”

On April 1, 1974, Pioneer Hall was built in Walt Disney World’s Fort Wilderness Resort. The hall is the resort’s home to its dining facilities, as well as the popular Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue. A buffet is offered during the musical revue, with reservations filling up rather quickly for the two-hour show. Also included in the building is P & J’s Southern Takeout, Trail’s End Restaurant, and Crockett’s Tavern.

March 24

March 24, 1972 – The Country Bear Jamboree Opens in Disneyland

“Have a knee-slappin’ good time at Country Bear Jamboree!”

On March 24, 1972, the Audio-Animatronic attraction Country Bear Jamboree opened in Disneyland’s Bear Country (now Critter Country). Based on the original Walt Disney World attraction that opened in 1971, the attraction features 18 bears singing and dancing in a country-music themed show. The attraction had been planned since the 1960s, as it was originally intended to be part of the Mineral King Ski Resort. The Disneyland attraction was renamed the Country Bear Playhouse in 1986, but was eventually closed on September 9, 2001; it was replaced with the new Winnie the Pooh attraction.

March 21

March 21, 1975 – The Mission to Mars Attraction Opens in Disneyland

“Welcome to Mission Control, space travelers.”

On March 21, 1975, the Mission to Mars attraction opened in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. An updated version of the Flight to the Moon attraction was required after Americans landed on the moon in 1969, rendering it as obsolescent. The solution was to change the destination to Mars, incorporating clips from the Disneyland anthology episode “Mars and Beyond” from 1957 to give guests an idea of what they could expect from a trip to the red planet. A version of this attraction opened in Walt Disney World on June7, 1975, closing on October 4, 1993. The Disneyland version would itself go on to close on November 2, 1992.

March 16

March 16, 1974 – The Magic Carpet ‘Round the World Film Attraction Opens in Walt Disney World

On March 16, 1974, the film attraction Magic Carpet ‘Round the World opened in Walt Disney World’s Circle-Vision Theatre in Tomorrowland. The film, replacing America the Beautiful, took guests on a 360 degree journey around the world. The film’s run only lasted until March 14, 1975, and was replaced by a revised version of America the Beautiful. The film was also shown in Tokyo Disneyland, opening on April 15, 1983, and closing on May 16, 1986.