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June 24

June 24, 1993 – The Discoveryland Station Opens for the Euro Disneyland Railroad

“Leave tomorrow behind you and steam ahead to your next magical stop in Disneyland Park.”

On June 24, 1993, the Discoveryland Station opened as part of the expansion of the Euro Disneyland Railroad (now the Disneyland Railroad). The railroad originally opened on April 12, 1992 with three stops: Main Street, Frontierland, and Fantasyland. The Discoveryland station was opened to bridge the gap within the par, and brings guests across views of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril and Pirates of the Caribbean.

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June 20

June 20, 1996 – Big Thunder Barbecue Becomes the Festival of Foods

On June 20, 1996, the Big Thunder Barbecue was renamed Festival of Foods, renamed and rethemed to promote the animated feature film The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It reverted back to the Big Thunder Barbecue on May 30, 1997.

June 13

June 13, 1996 – The Specialty Shop The Sanctuary of Quasimodo Opens in Disneyland

On June 13, 1996, the specialty merchandise shop The Sanctuary of Quasimodo opened in Disneyland’s Fantasyland area. The shop replaced the Disney Villains shop (which itself replaced Briar Rose Cottage, Mickey’s Christmas Chalet, and Merlin’s Magic Shop). The Sanctuary of Quasimodo was created to promote the animated feature film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and featured a vignette in the window of Quasimodo ringing the bells of Notre Dame. The shop closed on February 9, 1997, and was replaced by the Knights Shop.

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 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.

May 29

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May 29, 1998 – Disney Places Mulan Merchandise in Disney Stores

“From Disney’s 36th animated feature, Mulan, comes an all new musical masterpiece that will capture the emotion and adventure of this compelling film.”

On May 29, 1998, to promote the upcoming animated feature film Mulan, Disney Stores released special merchandise inspired by the film. Pieces ranged from costumes, to plush toys of characters such as Mushu, to dolls of the titular character. The film would go on to be released on June 5, 1998.

May 22

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May 22, 1999 – The Nighttime Parade SpectroMagic Ends Original Run

“And now, the Magic Kingdom proudly presents, in a million points of musical light, the magic words of Disney…in SpectroMagic!”

On May 22, 1999, the Magic Kingdom nighttime parade SpectroMagic ended its run. It began on October 1, 1991, as part of the park’s 20th anniversary celebrations, replacing the Main Street Electrical Parade (which had been sent to Disneyland Paris). SpectroMagic took the lights of Main Street Electrical Parade and multiplied it, adding more fiber optic elements and including over 45 Disney characters, such as Roger Rabbit, Chernabog, and the Three Little Pigs. The parade also featured a new song: “On This Magic Night.” The parade was brought back to the park on March 26, 2001, and officially ended its run in 2010.