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October 10

October 10, 2005 – The Animation Academy Opens in Disney California Adventure

“Discover how Disney characters are brought to life during a hands-on presentation with a Disney artist.”

On October 10, 2005, the Animation Academy opened in Disney California Adventure. This was the fourth version of this instructor-led animation school, with the first version having opened in Walt Disney World’s DisneyQuest in 1998. Guests can come in and learn from professional Disney animators on how to draw a variety of Disney characters. Animation Academy is located in the Disney Animation Building, where guests can learn more about the process of animation.

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July 13

July 13, 2006 – The Interactive Attraction UFO Zone Opens in Hong Kong Disneyland

On July 13, 2006, the interactive aquatic attraction opened in Hong Kong Disneyland’s Tomorrowland area. Designed as an alien crash site, guests could shoot water out of giant ray guns to cool themselves off during warmer weather. The area was closed on April 5, 2016, to make way for the Star Wars show Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple.

July 12

July 12, 2015 – The Magic of Disney Animation Area Closes in Hollywood Studios

“Work is underway on a new experience, and we look forward to sharing more information in the future.”

On July 12, 2015, the attraction area The Magic of Disney Animation closed in Hollywood Studios to make way for the new Star Wars-themed area. It was one of the original attractions from the park’s opening in 1989, and originally explained animation to guests while working as an active animation studio. The animation studio closed in 2003, but the area still featured explanations of the process of animation, along with special character meet and greets. The area now is home to the Star Wars Launch Bay.

July 9

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July 9, 2014 – The Interactive Activity Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush! Begins in Disneyland

“It’s time to choose your alliance in the fight for Frontierland!”

On July 9, 2014, the interactive park activity Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush! began in Disneyland. Similar to the interactive experiences in Walt Disney World, guests were able to play a character and explore the park to play a part in the story set in the Frontierland area of Disneyland. Guests could choose to either be a lawful citizen, or plan an outlaw to outwit them all. Guests also earn “bits” – the currency of the game – to help influence the story and gather needed information. This interactive game ended its run on September 27, 2014.

April 7

April 7, 2001 – The Interactive Attraction Who Wants to Be a Millionaire – Play It Opens in Disney-MGM Studios

“Where in the world can YOU get into the hot seat?”

On April 7, 2001, the interactive attraction Who Wants to Be a Millionaire – Play It opened in Disney-MGM Studios in Walt Disney World. Based on the hit ABC game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, hosted by Disney Legend Regis Philbin, contestants could compete to win points that could be redeemed for special prizes, including the top prize of a Disney Cruise Line vacation. The attraction proved popular enough to be replicated in Disney’s California Adventure, opening on September 14, 2001. The original version of the attraction lasted longer than the DCA version, with the Disney-MGM attraction closing on August 19, 2006.

February 20

February 20, 2013 – The IBM THINK Interactive Attraction Opens in Epcot

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“The THINK exhibit features stories and engaging experiences that appeal to Epcot guests from around the world.”- Lee Green, VP Brand Experience and Strategic Design, IBM

On February 20, 2013, in conjunction with National Engineers Week, the new attraction IBM THINK was unveiled in Epcot’s Innoventions West area. The interactive attraction aims to teach guests about the way the world can work alongside technological innovations. To also celebrate National Engineers week, IBM was on hand to provide nearby high school teachers and students with free STEM lesson plans on iPads and Android tablets.

December 19

December 19, 1999 – The Playground Area La Plage des Pirates Opens n Disneyland Paris

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“Grab a cutlass and cut loose in this swashbuckling playground for buccaneering boys and girls.”

On December 19, 1999, the playground area La Plage des Pirates, known as Pirates’ Beach in English, opened in Disneyland Paris’ Adventureland. Loosely based on the animated feature film Peter Pan, the area gives younger children a chance to be pirates and search for treasure near Skull Rock. Kids can play in two different playgrounds, complete with slides, rope ladders, and other interesting activities.