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June 20

June 20, 1995 – The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter Attraction Opens in Walt Disney World

“If something can’t be done with X-S, then it shouldn’t be done at all.”

On June 20, 1995, the Tomorrowland attraction The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter opened in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. A joint production between Disney and George Lucas, it was a dark sci-fi themed interactive sensory adventure, using binaural sound and other effects to enhance the experience. The attraction’s story takes place in the laboratory for X-S Tech, which is giving guests a demonstration of their new interplanetary teleportation device; this goes awry when an alien is accidentally transported into the lab and terrorizes the guests. The attraction was officially closed on October 11, 2003. On November 16, 2004, Stitch’s Great Escape! opened in its place, using most of the technology from the previous attraction.

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 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 2

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June 2, 2011 – A Special Ceremony is Held to Celebrate the Opening of The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

“…because at our heart, great storytelling is what we are all about.” – Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Tom Staggs

On June 2, 2011, a special ceremony was held in Disney’s California Adventure park to celebrate the opening of the newest attraction The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. On hand to kick off the celebrations was the voice of Ariel, Jodi Benson, who performed the song “Part of Your World,” along with The Little Mermaid musical performer Sherie Rene Scott, who performed “Poor Unfortunate Souls.” The attraction was opened to the public the following day.

June 1

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June 1, 2002 – The Attraction Journey into Imagination with Figment Reopens

“A little imagination goes a long way.”

On June 1, 2002, the Future World attraction Journey into Imagination reopened in Epcot. It was the first change to the attraction since its total revision in October of 1999. The original attraction opened in 1983, and went through many changes throughout its run, including a replacement of lead character Dreamfinder to Dr. Nigel Channing. The attraction still features the character of Figment, a small purple dragon that helps lead guests through the wild world of imagination. While originally sponsored by Kodak, the sponsorship ended in 2010.

May 29

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May 29, 1986 – New Narration is Added to the Spaceship Earth Attraction

On May 29, 1986, a new script for the Spaceship Earth attraction was added, with narration performed by broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite. Cronkite’s narration would last until the attraction’s major rebuild in 1994. The attraction, at the time, took guests through a journey through how communication evolved, making Cronkite the perfect narrator for the subject matter. Jeremy Irons would supersede Cronkite in 1994, with Dame Just Dench following after another revamp in the attraction in 2007.

May 28

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May 28, 2014 – The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Attraction Officially Opens

“Rock around like never before.”

On May 28, 2014, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction officially opened in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park, after it was dedicated on May 2. Considered the crown jewel of the New Fantasyland area of the park, the ride features never-seen-before Audio-Animatronic technology, as well as an innovative ride system that allows each car to swing individually as it races around the track through the dwarfs’ mine shaft. As the ride can have a wait time up to over two hours long, an interactive queue was added to entertain guests so they can “sort jewels” as they wait to board the mine train. Several of the pieces of the old attraction Snow White’s Scary Adventures were reused in this attraction.