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December 6

December 6, 2012 – The After Market Shop Opens in Epcot

“After your wild ride, slow down and rubberneck tons of Test Track merchandise: toy cars, pit crew caps, pins and more.”

On December 6, 2012, the After Market Shop opened in Epcot, in the exit area of the Test Track attraction. The new name for the gift shop in the Inside Track exhibit area, the area sells Chevrolet-themed items, such as attire and model cars. The store was part of the refurbishment that was done on the Test Track attraction, and has since been renamed the Test Track SIMporium.

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December 3

December 3, 2013 – it’s a Small World: the animated series Premieres on Disney.com


On December 3, 2013, the animated series it’s a Small World: the animated series premiered on Disney.com. The series is derived from the attraction of the same name in the Disney theme parks, and included original songs by composer and Disney Legend Richard Sherman. The art style for the series was inspired by the original concept art and attraction design by artist Mary Blair. The series ran for eight episodes.

November 26

November 26, 2008 – The Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough Reopens

“Step into a storybook.”

On November 26, 2008, the walking attraction Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough reopened in Disneyland. The walkthrough was originally opened on April 29, 1957; it was expanded in 1968 and redesigned in 1977, before being closed again for refurbishment in 2008. In 1977, the attraction was designed to resemble the figures shown in the Main Street dioramas, but in 2008, it was decided that the attraction would go back to the version resembling Eyvind Earles’s designs for the animated film, along with some technical modifications. A brand new addition was the CGI walkthrough for those guests who were unable to climb stairs but wanted to walk through virtually.

November 18

November 18, 2001 – The TriceraTop Spin Attraction Opens in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“Fly high on a dinosaur around a twirling tin-toy top at this delightful carnival-inspired attraction.”

On November 18, 2001, the TriceraTop Spin attraction opened in the DinoLand U.S.A. area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. Similar to the Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction in Magic Kingdom, and designed to fit the dinosaur carnival atmosphere, guests can board dinosaur shaped gondolas as they ride around and around, controlling how high or low they wish to soar. Surprises also lie in store for guests during the ride’s operation.

October 13

October 13, 2008 – The Sun Wheel Attraction Closes

“Hop inside a roomy gondola for a breeze, 9-minute jaunt above Paradise Bay.”

On October 13, 2008, the Ferris wheel thrill attraction Sun Wheel closed at Paradise Pier. The ride was designed to fit Disney California Adventure’s theme of the boardwalks in California around the turn of the century, but when the park went through an overhaul in 2008, it was deemed that this ride would be one of those to change. Although the swinging gondola aspect of the ride did not change, what did was the design, replacing the giant sun face on the wheel with a picture of Mickey Mouse.

October 7

October 7, 2002 – The Area Flik’s Fun Fair Opens in Disney California Adventure

“Hop inside a discarded food carton for a gentle flight above Flik’s Fun Fair.”

On October 7, 2002, Flik’s Fun Fair opened in A Bug’s Land area of Disney California Adventure. Based on the Pixar animated feature A Bug’s Life, the area features attractions suited for younger guests. Guests are “shrunk down” to the size of a bug after going through a fallen cereal box, and can experience attractions based on particular attributes of characters, such as the inventive nature of main character Flik. The attraction includes Flik’s Flyers, Tuck & Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies, Heimlick’s Chew Chew Train, Francis’s Ladybug Boogie, and Princess Dot Puddle Park.

October 6

October 6, 2006 – The Princess Fantasy Faire Opens in Disneyland

“Where happily ever after happens every day!”

On October 6, 2006, the Princess Fantasy Faire opened in Disneyland’s Fantasyland Theater. The attraction replaced Snow White – An Enchanting Musical, and featured several Disney princesses, such as Belle, Aurora, and Mulan. The area provided guests with a chance to meet the Disney princesses, and was located right next to Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Guests were also able to participate in an interactive storytelling experience with a princess, and learn how to be a true princess or a knight in a coronation ceremony. The area closed on August 12, 2012.