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July 27

July 27, 2010 – The Star Tours Attraction Closes in Disneyland

“From the creative forces of Disney and George Lucas.”

On July 27, 2010, the Disneyland version of the popular attraction Star Tours closed. The attraction was closed to make way for a revamped, prequel version of the attraction, later known as Star Tours – The  Adventures Continue. The new attraction included locations and characters from the prequel trilogy (Episode I through Episode III). The improved version of the attraction opened on June 3, 2011.

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July 22

July 22, 2004 – Disney Hosts the DisneyHand Teacher Awards

“These teachers personify the excellence in the classroom, and we are pleased to recognize and award their creativity, commitment, and dedication to their profession, students and communities, and provide them an opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices.”

On July 22, 2004, the Walt Disney Company began their DisneyHand Teacher Awards celebration, honoring 39 teachers out of 150,000 nominees in a four-day VIP party and gala celebration. This celebration also included a parade down Main Street of Disneyland. The event culminated in a special gala in Anaheim, with four of the 39 selected as Outstanding Elementary School Teacher, Outstanding Middle School Teacher, Outstanding High School Teacher, and Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Each of the nominees won $10,000, and their schools were awarded with $5,000. The honorees were selected by a special national committee of distinguished educators.

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.

July 16

July 16, 2005 – Space Mountain Reopens After Major Rebuild

On July 16, 2005, the Disneyland version of the attraction Space Mountain reopened after a two-year major refurbishment. This rebuild included replacing the entire track, new special effects, and a completely revamped queue line. This reopening coincided with the park’s 50th anniversary celebrations, and featured a brand new storyline. The next major revamp of the attraction would occur in 2015, with the Star Wars-themed overlay called Hyperspace Mountain.

June 15

July 15, 2005 – Disney Announces Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage Attraction

“The submarines are coming back to Disneyland in an all-new adventure.” – President of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Jay Rasulo

On July 15, 2005, Disney officially announced that the attraction Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage was going to be built in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. This was one of the first major theme park projects for the then-new CEO Bob Iger, and was a reimagining of the popular Submarine Voyage attraction built in 1959. The attraction was notable for bringing the world of Finding Nemo to the attraction, combining 3D animation with the reality of the underwater world. The attraction would officially open on June 11, 2007.

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 25

June 25, 2005 – The Ward Kimball Steam Engine is Put Into Service in Disneyland

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“Also, unlike the other engines, it was named not for an icon of the railroad, but for an icon of the Walt Disney Company.”

On June 25, 2005, the number 5 engine, the Ward Kimball, was officially put into service as part of the Disneyland Railroad. It was the first new engine to be added to the railroad in almost 50 years, and was named for Nine Old Men member and railroad enthusiast Ward Kimball; Kimball’s love of trains inspired Walt Disney’s love of railroads. The engine would be dedicated on February 15, 2006, as a part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Disneyland. The engine itself was operated by Kimball’s grandson, Nate Lord, an engineer for the Disneyland Railroad.