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August 28

August 28, 1966 – The 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Exhibit Closes in Disneyland

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On August 28, 1966, the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Exhibit closed in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland area. Originally opening on August 3, 1955, the attraction came about by accident: as the opening day for Disneyland drew near, Walt Disney realized that he’d fallen behind schedule on Tomorrowland. The film on which the exhibit was based had been immensely popular with audiences, so it was decided that the sets from the film would be used for a walkthrough attraction. Meant to be a temporary attraction, it proved to be so popular that it lasted for 11 years. It would resurface again in 1989, when the sets were brought out at the Disney-MGM Studios in Florida; the attraction proved once again to be popular, and inspired the build for the Disneyland Paris attraction Les Mystères du Nautilus, opening in 1994.

August 13

August 13, 2017 – The Attraction Ellen’s Energy Adventure Closes

“Let me get this straight: you brought me back billions of years so you could show me…nothing?”

On August 13, 2017, the Epcot attraction Ellen’s Energy Adventure officially closed. Opening on September 15, 1996, the attraction was located in the Universe of Energy and featured a mix of a film and audio-animatronics, hosted by comedienne Ellen DeGeneres. Originally replacing the Universe of Energy attraction, this updated attraction also featured Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” Jamie Lee Curtis, Alex Trebek, and Johnny Gilbert, teaching guests about how energy is produced, the current sources of energy, and the search for new, renewable sources of energy. Guests sit in a special seating area and watch a series of films, as well as an audio-animatronic diorama featuring a primeval world; the seating sections split apart at this point to move through the diorama before reassembling for the final two films. The attraction was closed to make way for a new Guardians of the Galaxy-themed roller coaster attraction.

July 29

July 29, 2000 – Disney Celebrates First Anniversary of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

On July 29, 2000, to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the popular roller coaster Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Disney created a guitar in the parking lot of Disney-MGM Studios Park out of 80 Corvettes, the signature car of the attraction. Using red, white, black, and silver cars, the formation resembled that of the Stratocaster, the guitar that covers the front of the attraction.

July 27

July 27, 2010 – The Star Tours Attraction Closes in Disneyland

“From the creative forces of Disney and George Lucas.”

On July 27, 2010, the Disneyland version of the popular attraction Star Tours closed. The attraction was closed to make way for a revamped, prequel version of the attraction, later known as Star Tours – The  Adventures Continue. The new attraction included locations and characters from the prequel trilogy (Episode I through Episode III). The improved version of the attraction opened on June 3, 2011.

July 19

July 19, 2011 – Lightning McQueen Joins Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show

“We just received word that Disney’s famous racecar is revved up and ready to make his debut performance in the show beginning today.”

On July 19, 2011, the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show attraction welcomed the Pixar character Lightning McQueen as its newest member of the show in Hollywood Studios Park. This cameo performance was part of the promotions for the Pixar film Cars 2, where Lightning and pal Mater are joined by secret agent Finn McMissile. After enjoying this themed performance, guests could meet Lightning and Mater at the Winner’s Circle area nearby. The attraction completely closed on April 2, 2016.

July 17

July 17, 1955 – The Fire-Wagon Begins Operations in Disneyland

On July 17, 1955, the horse-drawn fire-wagon began operating in Disneyland’s Main Street area. Reminiscent of the fire vehicles of the turn-of-the-century, guests were able to hop in the wagon and ride down Main Street, with the wagon pulled by two horses named Bess and Jess. The wagon was retired from operation in 1960, and has since been on display in the Disneyland Fire Department ever since.

July 16

July 16, 2005 – Space Mountain Reopens After Major Rebuild

On July 16, 2005, the Disneyland version of the attraction Space Mountain reopened after a two-year major refurbishment. This rebuild included replacing the entire track, new special effects, and a completely revamped queue line. This reopening coincided with the park’s 50th anniversary celebrations, and featured a brand new storyline. The next major revamp of the attraction would occur in 2015, with the Star Wars-themed overlay called Hyperspace Mountain.