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June 14

June 14, 1996 – The Pocahontas Indian Village Play Area Opens in Disneyland Paris

“Head for the shadow of Thunder Mesa at Pocahontas Indian Village and set your sights on what lies just around the river bend.”

On June 14, 1996, the Frontierland play area Pocahontas Indian Village opened in Disneyland Paris. Based on the animated feature film Pocahontas, young guests can climb, swing, and explore the play area “based on a traditional Native American settlement,” which replaced the Indian Canoes dock.

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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.

June 5

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June 5, 1998 – Mulan Premieres at the Hollywood Bowl

“We wanted to get the message of the movie out there first, before you start selling it as an ancillary product.” – Disney Feature Animation President Peter Schneider

On June 5, 1998, Disney’s newest animated feature film Mulan premiered at the Hollywood Bowl in California. The premiere had little fanfare compared to past animated features Pocahontas, which premiered in Central Park, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which had a parade in New Orleans. The cast of the film, including Ming-Na Wen (voice of Mulan) and George Takei (voice of First Ancestor), as well as pop band 98 Degrees, were on hand for the film premiere.

June 4

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June 4, 1994 – The Surprise Celebration Parade Ends Run in Walt Disney World

“Beginning in September 1991, Magic Kingdom Park kicked off its 20th anniversary celebration early with the debut of a new parade – the “Surprise Celebration Parade.”

On June 4, 1994, the Surprise Celebration Parade had its final run in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. Beginning on September 22, 1991, the parade was created to celebrate the park’s 20th anniversary. It was based on the Party Gras Parade that was held exclusively in Disneyland, with several of the floats being repurposed for the Walt Disney World parade. The parade featured 35 to 40 feet balloons of several popular characters, including Roger Rabbit, Goofy, and, of course, Mickey Mouse. It was preceded by Mickey Mania.

June 1

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June 1, 1993 -The Photo Shop Splashdown Photos Opens in Walt Disney World

“Take home a photo memory of your ride on Splash Mountain or pick up a rugged western-themed souvenir.”

On June 1, 1993, the photo shop Splashdown Photos opened in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. Located at the end of the Splash Mountain attraction, it gave guests the opportunity to capture the moment that they went down the flume of the popular attraction. The area has expanded a bit to sell attraction-themed and general Frontierland merchandise. This shop is similar to the Professor Barnaby Owl’s Photographic Art Studio that opened in Disneyland on January 31, 1992.

May 28

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May 28, 1999 – The Main Street Electrical Parade Moves to Walt Disney World

“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls…”

On May 28, 1999, the popular Main Street Electrical Parade began its run in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. In moving this popular nighttime parade to the East Coast, the parade’s floats underwent a complete refurbishment. The parade ran in Walt Disney World until April 1, 2001, when it was moved back to Disney California Adventure Park. The parade would return to Walt Disney World on June 5, 2010 before concluding again on October 9, 2016, and moving back to Disneyland Park for a limited engagement.

May 25

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May 25, 1983 – The Village Haus Restaurant Opens in Disneyland

“Hi diddle-dee-dee, an actor’s life for me.”

On May 25, 1993, the Village Haus Restaurant opened in Disneyland’s Fantasyland area. Based on the animated feature Pinocchio, and first known as the Village Inn Restaurant, the menu featured quick-service dishes, including flatbread pizza, burgers, and grilled chicken. On February 24, 2017, the restaurant was changed to become the Red Rose Tavern, and changed to promote the upcoming live-action feature film Beauty and the Beast.