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July 13

July 13, 2006 – The Attraction Stitch Encounter Opens in Hong Kong Disneyland

“Here you get to talk to the blue, mischievous alien, and you’re sure to get a good laugh!”

On July 13, 2006, the interactive attraction Stitch Encounter opened in Hong Kong Disneyland. Similar to the attraction Turtle Talk with Crush, guests can video chat with Stitch from the animated feature film Lilo & Stitch, communicating with guests through jokes and games. This was the first version of the attraction to open; similar attractions opened Disneyland Paris’ Walt Disney Studios Park and Shanghai Disneyland. The original Hong Kong Disneyland attraction closed on May 2, 2016.

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July 6

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July 6, 1994 – The Captain EO Attraction Closes

“We are here to change the world.”

On July 6, 1994, the 3D musical film attraction Captain EO closed in Walt Disney World’s Epcot Park. Opening on September 12, 1986, the attraction featured pop star Michael Jackson in a science fiction musical adventure, with Jackson playing the titular role and fighting against the Supreme Leader (played by Anjelica Huston) and her army of darkness. The film was popular enough to become an attraction in the other Disney Parks, including Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Disneyland. The last version of the attraction was officially closed in 1998; after Jackson’s death in 2009, the attraction was brought back to the parks for a limited time.

July 3

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July 3, 2017 – The Animation Academy Closes

“Learn to draw your favorite Disney characters!”

On July 3, 2017, the Animation Academy, located in Walt Disney World’s DisneyQuest, closed. Opening on June 19, 1998, his was an instructor-led activity where guests could learn how to draw classic Disney characters on a digital screen, and purchase their sheets to take home as a souvenir. This was the first version of the Animation Academy, with similar ones opening in L’Art de l’Animation Disney of Disneyland Paris, Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios Park, Disney California Adventure, and Hong Kong Disneyland’s Town Square.

June 30

June 30, 1984 – The Merchandise Shop South Seas Traders Opens in Disneyland

On June 30, 1984, the merchandise stop South Seas Traders opened in Disneyland’s Adventureland. The shop, located near the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost and the Adventureland Bazaar, featured varieties of clothing, including South Seas-themed clothes. It was closed  in 2017 as a part of the Adventureland renovations.

June 26

June 26, 1956 – The Attraction Rainbow Mountain Stage Coaches Opens in Disneyland

On June 26, 1956, the Rainbow Mountain Stage Coaches attraction opened in Disneyland’s Frontierland. Guests could board a stagecoach and travel around Frontierland, particularly through the Living Desert and other updates to the area. This attraction would share a road with the Conestoga Wagons, another attraction where guests are taken en masse down the Frontierland trails. Unfortunately, the attraction had many issues, including the horses often getting spooked by the Disneyland Railroad as it passed by, and the attraction was closed on September 13, 1959.

June 22

June 22, 2005 – Disney’s Soda Fountain and Studio Store Opens

On June 22, 2005, Disney’s Soda Fountain and Studio Store opened right next to the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. Created like an old-fashioned soda fountain, it was a combination ice cream shop and Disney Store, where guests could eat specialty sundaes promoting Disney movies and events, while purchasing limited edition pins and merchandise. It turned into a Ghirardelli’s Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop on November 15, 2013; part of the space was redesigned to be a Disney Studio Store.

June 20

June 20, 1976 – River Country Water Park Opens in Walt Disney World

“The fun loving, carefree spirit of Huck Finn is alive in River Country.”

On June 20, 1976, the water park River Country opened in Walt Disney World, right next to Fort Wilderness. Designed to resemble an old-fashioned swimming hole the likes of Huckleberry Finn, Imagineers created a miniature mountain range for the five waterslides. Part of the nearby Bay Lake, the Bay Cove area was a half-acre lake with a sand-bottom, and held almost 330,000 gallons of water. The popularity of River Country led to Disney opening two more water parks: Typhoon Lagoon in 1989, and Blizzard Beach in 1995. River Country was permanently closed on September 1, 2001, and was left as an “abandoned” park within Walt Disney World’s property.