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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.

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July 13

July 13, 2006 – The Attraction Stitch Encounter Opens in Hong Kong Disneyland

“Here you get to talk to the blue, mischievous alien, and you’re sure to get a good laugh!”

On July 13, 2006, the interactive attraction Stitch Encounter opened in Hong Kong Disneyland. Similar to the attraction Turtle Talk with Crush, guests can video chat with Stitch from the animated feature film Lilo & Stitch, communicating with guests through jokes and games. This was the first version of the attraction to open; similar attractions opened Disneyland Paris’ Walt Disney Studios Park and Shanghai Disneyland. The original Hong Kong Disneyland attraction closed on May 2, 2016.

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.

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.