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April 13

April 13, 1984 – The Alice in Wonderland Attraction Finishes Remodeling

“You’re late for a very important date!”

On April 13, 1984, the Fantasyland attraction Alice in Wonderland finished its extensive remodeling, and reopened the following day. Open since June 14, 1958, the ride was closed on September 6, 1982, to be redesigned as part of the new Fantasyland expansion. This expansion included new sculpted figures, updated animation, and state-of-the-art special effects. Original Alice actress Kathryn Beaumont came back to reprise her role and record new lines for the update.


July 1

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July 1, 2011 – The Goofy’s Sky School Attraction Opens in Disney’s California Adventure Park


“The wild blue yonder gets a little wilder when you learn to fly the Goofy way.”

On July 1, 2011, as part of the major refurbishment effort of Disney’s California Adventure Park, the Goofy’s Sky School attraction opened in the Paradise Pier area. The attraction was originally opened in 2001 as a ride called Mulholland Madness, but had to be shut down often due to accidents. The current steel roller coaster attraction was based on the 1940 short film Goofy’s Glider, and features Goofy on billboards throughout the ride instructing guests how to fly a plane.

July 12

July 12, 1989 – The Star Tours Attraction Opens in Tokyo Disneyland

DROID DUO -- "Star Wars" droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are two of the famous characters guests encounter in Star Tours - The Adventures Continue, a new 3-D attraction at Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif. The attraction also is thrilling guests at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)


On July 12, 1989, the attraction Star Tours opened in Tokyo Disneyland’s Tomorrowland area. The attraction was based on the Disneyland attraction of the same name that opened on January 9, 1987. Created in cooperation with George Lucas, the attraction is based on the hit Star Wars film trilogy. The film in the attraction was dubbed for Japanese audiences, featuring Nozawa Nachi as the voice of C-3P0. On April 2, 2012, the attraction was closed as part of a major overhaul that began with the Disneyland version in 2010. The remodeled version opened on May 7, 2013, under the new name Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.

May 25

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May 25, 1983 – The Fantasyland Attraction Snow White’s Scary Adventures Reopens in Disneyland


“Follow the path of Snow White as she flees into the dark and sinister forest to avoid the wrath of the evil Queen.”

On May 25, 1983, the Fantasyland attraction Snow White’s Scary Adventures reopened in Disneyland. The attraction was a remodeled version of the original 1955 attraction Snow White’s Adventures, and was part of the new Fantasyland expansion and remodeling project in the 1980s. Based on the hit animated feature film, the dark-ride attraction takes guests on Snow White’s journey, with a focus on the perils she faced, including the depths of the forest and the Queen’s chambers. With the original attraction, guests played the part of Snow White on the journey; this remodel now featured Snow White in the attraction herself.

May 20

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May 20, 1973 – The Richard F. Irvine Riverboat Opens in Walt Disney World


“Walt Disney World’s second paddle wheel steamship, the Richard F. Irvine, was named in his honor until it was re-christened Liberty Belle in 1996.”

On May 20, 1973, the Richard F. Irvine Riverboat opened in Walt Disney World. Named after Disney Legend Dick Irvine, who was one of the first executives of WED Enterprises (now Walt Disney Imagineering), the riverboat was the second authentic steamboat at the park, following the Admiral Joe Fowler Riverboat that opened in 1971. In 1996, after a lavish refurbishment, the steamboat was renamed the Liberty Belle.

June 14

June 14, 1958 – The Fantasyland Attraction Alice in Wonderland Opens in Disneyland

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“Can you escape in time for a very ‘unbirthday party’ where you’re the guest of honor?”

On June 14, 1958, the Fantasyland attraction Alice in Wonderland opened in Disneyland. Based on the 1951 animated feature, the attraction is a dark ride, with parts of the ride illuminated using ultraviolet light and special paint. Guests board caterpillar-shaped boats and head into “Wonderland,” viewing several iconic scenes from the film, and meeting the beloved characters. The attraction was closed on September 6, 1982, for a major remodel, which included a re-recording of the voice of Alice by original actress Kathryn Beaumont. As of the date of this entry, the ride has been closed again for another remodel. This is one of the few attractions that exists only in Disneyland.

March 17

March 17, 1999 – The Epcot Attraction Test Track has its Grand Opening


“Design a virtual concept vehicle and then go for a high-octane spin at this attraction that’s thrilling and creative.”

On March 17, 1999, the Epcot attraction Test Track had its grand opening, a year and a half after it had been operating with soft openings. Originally hosted by General Motors, guests enter a test vehicle that takes them through the Test Track circuit, a winding track that involves several obstacles and areas of tough terrain, with guests reaching speeds of up to 65 miles an hour. The track overall is a mile long, and loops guests through the pavilion, with hills up to three stories high and 50 degree angled curves. The attraction was closed in April of 2012 for a major remodel, and was reopened in December of 2012. The attraction is currently sponsored by Chevrolet.