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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.

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July 13

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

On July 13, 2006, the Tomorrowland attraction Autopia opened in Hong Kong Disneyland. It was the fifth version of the original race track attraction, with the first Autopia opening in Disneyland on July 17, 1955. The Hong Kong Disneyland version opened as part of the park’s first expansion, featuring electric cars and special lighting effects. The attraction closed on June 11, 2016, to make way for a new Marvel-themed attraction.

July 12

July 12, 1983 – The Stage Show Show Biz Is Begins in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park

On July 12, 1983, the Tomorrowland live stage show Show Biz Is began in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. Featuring the Kids of the Kingdom, a group of young singers and dancers that began performing at the park in 1974, the show was a revue of standards from Broadway and movies. The show ended its run on September 27, 1985.

July 4

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July 4, 1956 – The Frontierland Attraction Indian War Canoes Opens

On July 4, 1956, the Frontierland attraction Indian War Canoes opened in Disneyland. It was part of the Indian Village area once it was moved to Critter Country, which provided guests a glimpse into Native American culture. The attraction eventually closed in 1971, but was repurposed as the Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes, which opened on May 19, 1971.

June 27

June 27, 1991 – The Shop Mickey’s Mart Closes

On June 27, 1991, the souvenir shop Mickey’s Mart officially closed. Open since October 1, 1971, the store was located in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland area, and sold a variety of general park merchandise. After closing, the area became Mickey’s Star Traders.

June 19

June 19, 1985 – The Fast-Food Facility Yumz Opens in Disneyland

On June 19, 1985, the fast-food facility Yumz opened in Disneyland’s Videopolis area. It served as Videopolis’ snack bar, serving pizza bread, nachos, and soft drinks. When the area started showing “The Spirit of Pocahontas,” the name of the snack bar became Meeko’s.

June 18

June 18, 1988 – The Petting Zoo Grandma Duck’s Farm Opens in Walt Disney World

“Minnie Moo, who lives at Grandma Duck’s Farm at Mickey’s Starland, was born sporting the familiar Disney corporate symbol as a ‘birthmark’ on her hide.”

On June 18, 1988, the petting zoo area Grandma Duck’s Farm opened in Walt Disney World’s Mickey’s Birthdayland area. Sponsored by Friskies, the area was best known for being the home of Minnie Moo, a cow with a Mickey Mouse-shaped mark on her hide. The name Grandma Duck came from the comic book character of Donald Duck’s grandmother. The area closed on March 11, 1996, and Minnie Moo was moved to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.