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March 24

March 24, 1972 – The Country Bear Jamboree Opens in Disneyland

“Have a knee-slappin’ good time at Country Bear Jamboree!”

On March 24, 1972, the Audio-Animatronic attraction Country Bear Jamboree opened in Disneyland’s Bear Country (now Critter Country). Based on the original Walt Disney World attraction that opened in 1971, the attraction features 18 bears singing and dancing in a country-music themed show. The attraction had been planned since the 1960s, as it was originally intended to be part of the Mineral King Ski Resort. The Disneyland attraction was renamed the Country Bear Playhouse in 1986, but was eventually closed on September 9, 2001; it was replaced with the new Winnie the Pooh attraction.

March 21

March 21, 1975 – The Mission to Mars Attraction Opens in Disneyland

“Welcome to Mission Control, space travelers.”

On March 21, 1975, the Mission to Mars attraction opened in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. An updated version of the Flight to the Moon attraction was required after Americans landed on the moon in 1969, rendering it as obsolescent. The solution was to change the destination to Mars, incorporating clips from the Disneyland anthology episode “Mars and Beyond” from 1957 to give guests an idea of what they could expect from a trip to the red planet. A version of this attraction opened in Walt Disney World on June7, 1975, closing on October 4, 1993. The Disneyland version would itself go on to close on November 2, 1992.

March 16

March 16, 1974 – The Magic Carpet ‘Round the World Film Attraction Opens in Walt Disney World

On March 16, 1974, the film attraction Magic Carpet ‘Round the World opened in Walt Disney World’s Circle-Vision Theatre in Tomorrowland. The film, replacing America the Beautiful, took guests on a 360 degree journey around the world. The film’s run only lasted until March 14, 1975, and was replaced by a revised version of America the Beautiful. The film was also shown in Tokyo Disneyland, opening on April 15, 1983, and closing on May 16, 1986.

March 11

March 11, 2001 – The Mulan Parade Has its Last Run in Hollywood Studios

“Hey folks! Can I make things happen or what?”

On March 11, 2001, the final run of the Mulan Parade ran through Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios park. The parade, which had begun on June 19, 1998 to replace the Hercules Victory Parade, was originally created to promote the upcoming film; the parade would then go on to run for almost three years. The parade was then replaced by the Parade of the Stars. This was the longest of the three Mulan parades in three Disney Parks, with the Disneyland parade lasting almost a year, and Disneyland Paris’ version not even running for a year.

March 3

March 3, 2013 – The Broadway Musical Mary Poppins Plays its Final Performance

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“…the show’s extraordinary success is due to the 500 plus actors, musicians and stagehands who have brought the show to magical life on Broadway and, most importantly, to the audiences who have fallen in love with Mary, Bert and the Banks family every night.”

On March 3, 2013, the Broadway musical Mary Poppins played its final performance at the New Amsterdam Theatre, after 2,619 performances over six years. The final performance featured Steffanie Leigh as Mary Poppins, Nicolas Dromard as Bert, Karl Kenzler as George Banks, and Megan Osterhaus as Winifred Banks.

February 16

February 16, 2000 – The Disneyland 45 Years of Magic Parade Premieres

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“To find inspiration for this special parade, we literally searched the stars. We looked to the stars of our most loved films.” – Jean Luc Choplin, Vice President, Creative Development

On February 16, 2000, the 45 Years of Magic Parade kicked off in Disneyland. Celebrating the park’s 45th anniversary, the parade featured characters from classic Disney films, such as Disney princesses Cinderella and Aurora, as well as several sections featuring elements from the movies Fantasia and Fantasia 2000. The parade also featured heavy cloud imagery, and a new feature of “audience participation,” where up to 45 spectators were invited to wear tutus and hats and dance during the parade. Originally the music to accompany the parade was Sir Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance,” but after a rather lukewarm reception from guests, the music was changed to a more upbeat Disney medley.

January 21

January 21, 1955 – The Dairy Bar Opens in Disneyland

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“Nature’s most nearly perfect food.”

On January 21, 1955, the Dairy Bar opened in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland area. Sponsored by the American Dairy Association, it was a mix of a presentation about the future of milk and milk delivery and a quick service restaurant serving milk in a small dining room. The area did not prove to be as popular as other future-looking presentations within Tomorrowland, and was closed on September 1, 1958.