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June 12

June 12, 1975 – The Walt Disney Story Featuring Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln Opens in Disneyland

“Encounter the Great Emancipator as he returns to tell the tale of generations past and share his stirring vision of the future.”

On June 12, 1975, the popular Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln attraction returned to Disneyland and reopened as The Walt Disney Story Featuring Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. The attraction originally closed on January 1, 1973, to be replaced by The Walt Disney Story. However, the attraction was brought back due to the demand from guests. The original attraction was created for the New York World’s Fair, presented at the State of Illinois pavilion, and opened in Disneyland on July 18, 1965. Since its combination with The Walt Disney Story, the attraction remains open and remains one of the most popular attractions within the park.

June 9

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June 9, 2007 – The Attraction Cars Quatre Roues Rallye Opens in Disneyland Paris

“Rev up your engines and zoom alongside Lightning McQueen in this speedy circuit from the world of Cars.

On June 9, 2007, the Toon Studios attraction Cars Quatre Roues Rallye opened in Disneyland Paris’ Walt Disney Studios Park. Based on the Pixar film franchise Cars, guests board cars that spin around in a Radiator Springs service station area; the spinning ability is similar to the Mad Tea Party attraction found in most Disney parks.

June 3

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June 3, 2011 – The Attraction The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure Opens in Disney’s California Adventure

“Journey under the sea for a whimsical musical adventure awash with scenes from  the animated Disney classic.”

On June 3, 2011, the dark ride attraction The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure opened in Disney California Adventure Park. Guests board a clamshell version of the Omnimover and head “under the sea” to explore musical scenes from the popular animated feature film, including versions of “Poor Unfortunate Souls” and “Kiss the Girl.” A version of this attraction opened in Walt Disney World’s New Fantasyland expansion on December 6, 2012.

May 5

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May 5, 2005 – The Action Show Attraction Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show Opens

“Get ready for extreme thrills as this full-throttle, high-octane live stunt spectacular comes roaring in from Disneyland Resort Paris.”

On May 5, 2005, the stunt action show Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show opened in Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios park. The show shows guests the behind-the-scenes of extreme stunts, such as physical stunts and car chases through dangerous settings. The Hollywood Studios attraction was based on the show Moteurs…Action! Stunt Show Spectacular from Disneyland Paris. The Hollywood Studios attraction was closed on April 2, 2016, to make way for the new expansion areas of the park.

April 29

April 29, 2001 – The Timekeeper Attraction Closes in Walt Disney World

“For your safety, I’ve invented rails for you to lean on. I call them, ‘lean rails.’ Please do not sit on the lean rails because…they’re there to lean on.”

On April 29, 2001, the Tomorrowland attraction The Timekeeper closed in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. It was adapted from the Disneyland Paris attraction Un Voyage à Travers le Temps (known as From Time to Time in English), and used the Circle-Vision 360° film technique, along with Audio-Animatronics, to tell a narrative. Guests would wait in the lobby and meet the invention known as 9-Eye (voiced by Rhea Perlman). Guests would then enter the theater and meet the Timekeeper (voiced by Robin Williams), an inventor who created a time machine. He then sends 9-Eye back in time to record her experiences in important times of the past. After the attraction closed, it would reopen seasonally until it officially closed on February 26, 2006; it was eventually replaced by the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor.

April 13

April 13, 1984 – The Alice in Wonderland Attraction Finishes Remodeling

“You’re late for a very important date!”

On April 13, 1984, the Fantasyland attraction Alice in Wonderland finished its extensive remodeling, and reopened the following day. Open since June 14, 1958, the ride was closed on September 6, 1982, to be redesigned as part of the new Fantasyland expansion. This expansion included new sculpted figures, updated animation, and state-of-the-art special effects. Original Alice actress Kathryn Beaumont came back to reprise her role and record new lines for the update.

April 11

April 11, 2003 – The Attraction Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage Opens in Disney’s California Adventure

On April 11, 2003, the live stage show attraction Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage opened in Disney’s California Adventure Park. This was the second version of this attraction to open, with the first version opening in Walt Disney World on October 1, 2001. The show featured characters from popular Playhouse Disney channel shows, such as Rolie Polie Olie, Stanley, The Book of Pooh, and Bear in the Big Blue House. It was updated and renamed on March 4, 2011, to become Disney Junior – Live on Stage.

April 10

April 10, 1988 – The Attraction America Sings Closes in Disneyland

“Yes folks, that was America’s first popular song! And that’s what this show is all about: America’s music.”

On April 10, 1988, the Tomorrowland attraction America Sings officially closed in Disneyland. Open since June 29, 1974 and taking the place of the GE Carousel of Progress, the attraction featured over 100 anthropomorphized animals taking guests on a history of popular music in America. The show was narrated by Sam the Eagle, whose narration is often interrupted by a weasel. After the attraction closed, many of the characters were added to the Splash Mountain attraction.

April 5

April 8, 1973 – The Walt Disney Story Attraction Opens in Disneyland

“But good ol’ Walt, he was the best friend a mouse could have. He gave me my start, you know.”

On April 8, 1973, the Main Street attraction The Walt Disney Story opened in Disneyland’s Opera House. Taking the place of Great Moments wit Mr. Lincoln, the attraction was a movie narrated by Walt Disney himself, providing insight into his life. The attraction also included memorabilia from the Walt Disney Archives, including letters, awards, and a replica of his office in Disney Studios, which was created thanks to photographs and blueprints. Guests, however, missed the Lincoln attraction, and the film ended its run on February 12, 1975; Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln returned to the theater soon after. The film was also an attraction in Walt Disney World from April 15, 1973 through October 5, 1992.

March 30

March 30, 1996 – The Mike Fink Keel Boats Attraction Reopens in Disneyland

On March 30, 1996, the Mike Fink Keel Boats attraction reopened in Disneyland after being closed for two years. The attraction, named after the boats from the Davy Crockett television serial (specifically the episode “Davy Crockett’s Keel Boat Race”), had originally been open since December 25, 1955, before it closed in 1994. This reopening was short-lived, however, as the attraction was closed permanently on May 17, 1997. Versions of the attraction were available in Walt Disney World (opening on October 1, 1971), and Disneyland Paris (also known as River Rogue Keelboats, and opening April 12, 1992).