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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.

December 10

December 10, 1993 – The Greenhouse Tours Begin in Epcot’s The Land Pavilion

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“See, Do, Learn, Grow!”

On December 10, 1993, the guided Greenhouse Tours began in Epcot’s The Land Pavilion. Replacing the Tomorrow’s Harvest Tours, the Greenhouse Tours were led by agricultural graduate students through working greenhouses filled with various flora and fauna, explaining agricultural concepts used throughout the park such as hydroponics, aquaculture, and drip irrigation. The tour was renamed the Behind the Seeds Tour in September, 1996.

October 24

October 24, 2008 – Pixie Hollow Opens in Walt Disney World

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“[Tinker Bell] and four of her fairy friends…will have a permanent home in a new location called Pixie Hollow which will be located in Toontown.”

On October 24, 2008, the meet-and-greet area Pixie Hollow opened in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park, just outside of Mickey’s Toontown Fair. Guests can be greeted by Tinker Bell and her four fairy friends Iridessa, Rosetta, Silvermist, and Fawn, who were introduced in the Tinker Bell series of movies, with the first one being released four days after this attraction opened. The attraction also featured interactive experiences and storytelling times for younger guests. An outdoor version of this meet-and-greet opened in Disneyland in November.

August 21

August 21, 2007 – The Muppet Mobile Labs Interactive Audio-Animatronic Premieres at Epcot

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“Now, before we continue this conversation, let me just activate the Hob Knob.”

On August 21, 2007, almost six months after its California debut, the interactive audio-animatronic Muppet Mobile Lab made its debut in Walt Disney World’s Epcot park. Featuring the characters Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and assistant Beaker, the audio-animatronic went around the park freely, interacting with guests as they entertained the crowd with their best Muppet jokes and puns. The new feature was part of a test-run by the Disney Imagineers to create more characters that could interact with the guests as they mill about the various parks.

April 2

April 2, 2007 – The Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor Attraction Opens in Walt Disney World

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“Discover the power of laughter from the original Monsters of Comedy during a hilarious interactive show.”

On April 2, 2007, the interactive attraction Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor opened in Walt Disney World’s Tomorrowland area. The attraction, featuring characters from the Pixar films Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University, takes guests into a comedy club in the heart of Monstropolis, where character Mike has duties as the M.C. Guests are implored to laugh at the jokes in order to build up enough power to open the doors at the end of the show. Using special technology, the comedians interact with the audience, including choosing one audience member to be “that guy,” the butt of every joke. While waiting for the show to begin, guests are also asked to provide their own jokes through text messages that may be used during one of the show’s acts.

January 28

January 28, 2009 – The Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure Opens in Epcot

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“Welcome to Team Possible!”

On January 28, 2009, the interactive attraction Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure opened in Epcot’s World Showcase. Based on the hit Disney Channel animated series Kim Possible, the experience gave guests a chance to become secret agents throughout Epcot, solving cases through the help of a special communication device known as a Kimmunicator. Seven pavilions, each with a different mission, were available for exploring, with each quest taking about an hour to complete. The interactive attraction closed on May 17, 2012, and was replaced by Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure on July 6, 2012.

September 14

September 14, 2001 – The Attraction Who Wants to Be a Millionaire – Play It Opens in Disney’s California Adventure

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

On September 14, 2001, the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire – Play It interactive attraction opened in Disney’s California Adventure (DCA) park. Based on the hit ABC game show hosted by Regis Philbin, contestants would play at certain intervals, competing for points that could be redeemed for prizes, including the grand prize of a Disney Cruise Line vacation for four. The DCA attraction was similar to the Walt Disney World, which opened on April 7, 2001. A Fastpass was available for the attraction throughout its run, until it closed on August 20, 2004.

March 29

March 29, 1985 – The Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade Opens in Disneyland

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“Test your gunnin’ skills at this rootin’, tootin’ wild west shooting gallery!”

On March 29, 1985, the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade opened in Disneyland. This attraction, with the original Shooting Gallery opening on July 12, 1957, was completely remodeled to be entirely electronic, using infrared beams to hit the targets than any form of bullet. Guests use replica .54-caliber Hawkins buffalo rifles to shoot targets at Boot Hill in Tombstone, Arizona. There are more than 100 targets, with comical results depending on the target hit. Use of the arcade involves an extra fee, with each credit earning 25 shots; this makes it one of the three attractions in the park that require an extra fee, with the other two being the Main Street Penny Arcade and the Starcade. The attraction has since been renamed the Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition.

February 21

February 21, 1997 – Club Disney Opens

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“Imagination-powered play site”

On February 21, 1997, the first of five children’s play centers known as Club Disney opened in Thousand Oaks, California. It was billed as an exploratory entertainment area for children aged between four and ten, along with their parents. There were four themed areas within Club Disney: Pal Around Playground, Curiosity Castle, Starring You Studio, and the Chat Hat. Activities for the kids ranged from dressing up in Disney costumes, to playing in an enormous jungle gym, to exploring the latest CD-ROM activities. One other club opened in California, as well as one in Colorado, and two in Arizona. After the five clubs were established, Disney Corporate determined that there was not enough return on investment, and closed all five clubs in November of 1999. The name now belongs to play areas established within Disney park resorts.

December 17

December 17, 1990 – The Honey I Shrunk the Kids Adventure Zone Attraction Opens in Disney-MGM Studios

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“Discover what it’s like to be the size of a bug at this large-scale, backyard-themed play space.”

On December 17, 1990, the Honey I Shrunk the Kids Adventure Zone interactive attraction opened in Walt Disney World’s Disney-MGM Studios (now known as Hollywood Studios). Based on the 1989 live-action film, the area gives guests the feeling of having been shrunk by inventor Wayne Szalinski and have to make their way through the backyard, including 30-feet-tall blades of grass, giant bumblebees, and enormous ants. The area is a popular attraction for younger kids and preschoolers.