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April 19

April 19, 2009 – Walt Disney World’s Space Mountain Attraction Closes for Refurbishment

“When renovation work finishes on the Space Mountain attraction at Walt Disney World Resort, it’ll be the same classic experience with a few new surprises.”

On April 19, 2009, the popular Walt Disney World attraction Space Mountain closed down for a much needed refurbishment. Although it was the first of all the Space Mountain attractions to be built, the Walt Disney World version’s rebuild was done after Disneyland Paris’ and Disneyland’s versions. Major changes to update the classic attraction included asteroid blasting games to play while in the queue, which extends the ride’s overall story to those waiting in line; the overall look of the attraction was updated to make it appear less dated and more 21st Century. The attraction was reopened to guests in November, 2009.

April 14

April 14, 1984 – The Alice in Wonderland Attraction in Disneyland Reopens

“Don’t be late, your adventure awaits.”

On April 14, 1984, the Disneyland dark ride attraction reopened after being closed for renovations for almost two years. The attraction, originally opening on June 14, 1958, featured cut-out figures of the classic characters, which were beginning to show serious wear by the 1980s. It was decided that the ride was due for a major overhaul, and when it reopened in 1984, the cut-outs were replaced by three-dimensional figures, along with new, state-of-the-art (at the time) lighting and special effects. Kathryn Beaumont, the voice of Alice from the animated feature, was brought back to record new lines for the ride’s narration.

April 10

April 10, 2003 – Disneyland’s Space Mountain Attraction Closes for Refurbishment

“Journey throughout the cosmos to the furthest reaches of the galaxy and back!”

On April 10, 2003, the Disneyland version of the popular thrill ride attraction Space Mountain closed for refurbishments. The attraction, along with most of Tomorrowland, had been repainted in 1998 to a new color scheme that included metal tones; the 2003 refurbishment was necessary to return Space Mountain’s exterior to its original white color, as well as to update some of the ride mechanics inside. The attraction was closed for a little over two years during this rebuild, opening once again on July 16, 2005.

April 9

April 9, 2005 – The Thrill Attraction Space Mountain: Mission 2 Opens in Disneyland Paris


On April 9, 2005, the thrill ride attraction Space Mountain: Mission Open officially opened in Disneyland Paris. The attraction originally opened as Space Mountain: De la Terre a la Lune on June 1, 1995, but was closed for a carefully timed refurbishment to coincide with the attraction’s tenth anniversary. It is the fourth version of the popular Space Mountain attraction, which had opened in Walt Disney World in 1975. The Disneyland Paris attraction has since been closed for another refurbishment giving it a new Star Wars theme, which is planned to open in May, 2017.

October 29

October 29, 1998 – Disney and Chevron Announce Partnership for Autopia Attraction

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“Autopia is a simple and magical experience that allows both children and adults to get behind the wheel of a car, some of them for the very first time, and go for a cruise along the highways of Tomorrowland.” – Disneyland President Paul Pressler

On October 29, 1998, the Disneyland Resort and Chevron announced a 13-year partnership, with Chevron sponsoring the park’s Autopia attraction. As part of the agreement, Chevron was to update and improve the original attraction; they announced tentative plans at the announcement of pre-show entertainment area, combination of the Tomorrowland and Fantasyland Autopia roadways, and new designs for the cars. Chevron would work with Disneyland Imagineers to give the ride a 21st century loo to it, taking cues from Tomorrowland for its sleek new design. Autopia originally opened on July 17, 1955, with Richfield sponsoring it from opening to 1970. Chevron’s sponsorship lasted until 2012; Honda would take over sponsorship in 2016.

October 22

October 22, 1997 – The Orlando Sentinel Publishes Updates for Walt Disney World

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“It may be goodbye to Mr. Toad and hello to Winnie the Pooh and Buzz Lightyear at the Magic Kingdom.”

On October 22, 1997, the Orlando Sentinel published an article that announced several changes that would be coming to the Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World at the end of the 25th anniversary celebrations. Among those listed was the breaking announcement of the likely plan to close the attraction Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, potentially replacing it with a Winnie the Pooh-themed attraction. This would prove true, and Mr. Toad was closed on September 7, 1998, replaced with The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Other plans announced were the closing of Take Flight, which was to be replaced with Buzz Lightyears Space Ranger Spin, and the return of The Enchanted Tiki Room – Under New Management.

October 17

October 17, 2007 – Disney Announces Overhaul of Disney’s California Adventure Park

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“They’re trying to give it some heart…right now, you go through California Adventure once, and that’s about it.”

On October 17, 2007, The Walt Disney Company announced plans to overhaul its California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California. The park, barely six years old at the time of the announcement, was considered a disappointment from financial and anticipation standpoints, with crowd numbers well below expected. Attempts had already been added to make the park more of a draw, including the addition of the popular Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, but the park still faced a host of criticisms. The overhaul, which would include elements of classic Hollywood, as well as a section dedicated to popular Pixar characters, was estimated to cost 1.1 billion, almost the same amount as it cost to build the park in the first place.