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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 5

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July 5, 2007 – Disney Announces Removal of Epcot Sign on Spaceship Earth

“We think the timing of the removal is right.”

On July 5, 2007, Epcot’s Vice President Jim MacPhee announced that the Epcot letting, Mickey Mouse arm, and wand attached to the Spaceship Earth attraction would be removed, with the removal date to be before October 1st. The removal of the structure coincided with the park’s 25th anniversary, with Spaceship Earth itself once again becoming the sole icon of the park. The arm holding the wand was, at the time, the tallest structure in all of Walt Disney World, at a height of 257 feet.

June 25

June 25, 1995 – Le Cellier Reopens in Epcot

“Sensational Canadian Cuisine”

On June 25, 1995, the restaurant Le Cellier reopened in the Canada Pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase. The restaurant had opened on October 1, 1982, and featured Canadian-inspired dishes, including maple syrup pie. When it reopened, the restaurant had been closed for about nine months, and underwent an overhaul top-to-bottom, including a new menu featuring sandwiches and salads. This was only the first of the restaurant’s changes, as this would only last for about two years; this version of Le Cellier would end on July 20, 1997, when it became a steakhouse.

June 21

June 21, 2016 – The Royal Sommerhus Opens in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion

“You are cordially invited to the Royal Sommerhus to meet the beloved sisters from Arendelle.”

On June 21, 2016, the Royal Sommerhus meet and greet area opened in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion, located in the World Showcase. Here, guests can meet characters Anna and Elsa from the popular animated feature film Frozen, complete with a photo session with the princess and queen of the Norway-based country. The character greet experience is so popular that guests have waited hours to get a chance to meet Anna and Elsa.

June 11

June 11, 1983 – Refreshment Outpost Opens in Epcot

“Need to chill?”

On June 11, 1983, the Refreshment Outpost opened in Epcot’s World Showcase section. Created as part of a planned Africa pavilion, the area serves as a snack bar, featuring soft-serve ice cream, alcoholic beverages, and a hot dog entrée.

May 30

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May 30, 2013 – L’Artisan des Glaces Opens in Epcot

“Seduce your sweet tooth, indulge your cravings and give in to your innermost desires with a tantalizing stop at this artisanal French shop.”

On May 30, 2013, the specialty ice cream shop L’Artisan des Glaces opened in the France Pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase. The shop offers house-made ice creams in a variety of flavors ranging from cinnamon with caramelized pecans to milk chocolate and orange. The store also offers Artisan’s Specials, including the Croque Glacé: a scoop of ice cream with sauce pressed in a homemade brioche bun.

May 19

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May 19, 2006 – The Mission: SPACE Green Team Experience Premieres in Epcot

“Or you can opt for the brand-new – and less intense – orbit around Earth as part of the Green Mission.”

On May 19, 2006, a gentler option of the popular Epcot attraction Mission: SPACE, known as the Green Team, officially premiered. The Green Mission was created as a way to provide the attraction to more guests who are uneasy riding the original attraction (now known as the Orange Mission) due to many cases of severe motion sickness. In the Green Mission, guests no longer travel to Mars, but orbit around the Earth; though no longer using a centrifuge approach to simulate lift-off and reentry, the ride still tilts and moves slightly.

May 6

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May 6, 1988 – The Kringla Bakeri og Kafe Opens in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion

“Then ready yourself for conquest with Viking coffee!”

On May 6, 1988, the Kringla Bakeri og Kafe opened in Epcot’s World Showcase’s newest pavilion Norway. The café serves traditional Norwegian snacks, including a kjøttkake entrée (Norwegian meatballs), a sweet pretzel with chocolate, and a park favorite known as School Bread, which is a sweet cardamom bun filled with a vanilla custard and covered with toasted coconut. The café also serves coffee, Scandanavian beer, and wine.

April 10

April 10, 2005 – Princess Storybook Dining is Held All Day at Restaurant Akershus

“Join Disney Princesses for Storybook Dining inside a medieval castle with soaring archways and cathedral ceilings.”

On April 10, 2005, the formerly breakfast-only character dining experience Princess Storybook started being held at all meals at the Restaurant Akershus in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion. Guests can meet several of their favorite princesses, including Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Aurora, and Ariel, while they savor Norwegian-inspired dishes. The popularity of this breakfast-only dining experience necessitated opening it up for more meals to allow more guests the ability to dine with a princess.

April 6

April 6, 2007 – The Attraction Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros Opens in Epcot

“Take in the sights of Mexico and the antics of the 3 feathered amigos on this gentle boat ride through the Mexico Pavilion.”

On April 6, 2007, the dark ride attraction Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros opened in the Mexico Pavilion of Walt Disney World’s Epcot park. This attraction replaced the El Río del Tiempo attraction. Featuring Donald Duck, José Carioca, and Panchito from the feature films Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros, this ride takes guests through the sights of Mexico as Panchito and José search for their missing friend, Donald.