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September 15

September 15, 1996 – Ellen’s Energy Adventure Attraction Opens in Epcot

“What is, ‘who is it?’”

On September 15, 1996, the attraction Ellen’s Energy Adventure opened in Epcot’s Universe of Energy. Originally replacing the Universe of Energy attraction, this updated attraction featured Ellen DeGeneres, 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 on August 13, 2017, to make way for a new Guardians of the Galaxy themed attraction.

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September 13

September 13, 1959 – The Rainbow Mountain Stage Coaches Attraction Closes

On September 13, 1959, after only about four years of operation, the Rainbow Mountain Stage Coach attraction was officially closed. The attraction first opened in 1955 as the Stage Coaches, and was reopened as Rainbow Mountain Stage Coaches on June 26, 1956. Guests boarded a stagecoach and traveled around Frontierland, particularly through the Living Desert and other updates to the area. Unfortunately, the attraction was forced to close due to the horses continually getting spooked by the Disneyland Railroad rolling by.

September 10

September 10, 1983 – The Flights of Fantasy Parade Ends its Run

“Your imagination will run wild, right before your eyes.”

On September 10, 1983, the Flights of Fantasy Parade ended its run in Disneyland. Beginning on June 18, the parade featured floats and characters from rarely seen films, such as Babes in Toyland, Fantasia, and Pinocchio. The parade also featured Mickey and his friends “floating” into the parade in hot air balloons. This parade was also distinctive for being both a daytime and nighttime parade taking place at both 4pm and 10pm.

September 9

September 9, 2001 – The Country Bear Jamboree Closes in Disneyland

“The Wildest Show in the Wilderness”

On September 9, 2001, the long-running attraction Country Bear Jamboree closed in Disneyland’s Critter Country. Opening on March 24, 1972, and originally located in Bear Country, the Disneyland attraction was based on the original Walt Disney World attraction; the attraction was originally designed to be a show for the proposed Mineral King Ski Resort that was planned by Walt Disney in the 1960s. The attraction was closed to make way for the new Winnie the Pooh themed attraction, The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. While open in Disneyland, there were many special-themed versions of the attraction that featured new sets and costumes, including the Country Bear Christmas Special, as well as the Country Bear Vacation Hoedown

August 30

August 30, 2014 – The American Idol Experience Attraction Closes

“Disney’s American Idol Experience wrapped up its roughly five-year run on Saturday, Aug. 30, with a heartwarming story straight from the fairytale handbook.”

On August 30, 2014, the Hollywood Studios attraction The American Idol Experience closed after one final performance. The winner of the final performance was a 14-year-old guest named Jessica, who won after singing a rendition of “I Want You Back” by the Jackson Five. The attraction, opening on February 14, 2009, was based on the hit FOX reality series, and had guests compete in front of a live audience for the opportunity to be a star. It was announced that the attraction was going to be closed earlier in June, with the original closing date set to be January, though unexpectedly the date was moved up.

August 29

August 29, 1992 – The Dinosaurs Live Parade Ends its Run

“I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille!”

On August 29, 1992, the Disney-MGM Studios parade and show Dinosaurs Live! ended its run. Opening on September 26, 1991, the parade featured the cast of the ABC series Dinosaurs as the “Surprise Family of the Day.” The song for the parade was a rendition of the 1988 song “Walk the Dinosaur,” originally by Was (Not Was). The parade was considered the beginning of adding the characters from the show into a larger presence within Disney-MGM Studios, but after falling ratings, these plans were cancelled. After Dinosaurs Live! ended its run, it was followed by Aladdin’s Royal Caravan.

August 27

August 27, 1955 – The Mickey Mouse Club Theater Opens in Disneyland

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“Walt Disney’s Cartoon Carnival”

On August 27, 1955, the Mickey Mouse Club Theater opened in Disneyland’s Fantasyland. The air conditioned theater gave guests a chance to sit down and enjoy some of the classic Mickey Mouse and friends cartoon short films that had dominated the 1930s and 40s. The shorts available were on a rotating schedule, and the theater itself was only open to guests during peak periods at the park. At one point, the theater offered an event called the 3D Jamboree, where guests put on their 3-D glasses to enjoy the short films Melody and Working for Peanuts, which were introduced by the Mouseketeers. As the only theater in the park, until the Opera House opened in the Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln attraction, the theater was also used for special press conferences and cast member events. It was renamed the Fantasyland Theater in 1964, and was converted to a live performance venue. The theater closed on December 20, 1981, to make way for the new Pinocchio’s Daring Journey attraction, which would open in 1983.