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July 16

July 16, 2005 – Space Mountain Reopens After Major Rebuild

On July 16, 2005, the Disneyland version of the attraction Space Mountain reopened after a two-year major refurbishment. This rebuild included replacing the entire track, new special effects, and a completely revamped queue line. This reopening coincided with the park’s 50th anniversary celebrations, and featured a brand new storyline. The next major revamp of the attraction would occur in 2015, with the Star Wars-themed overlay called Hyperspace Mountain.

December 18

December 18, 2009 – The Updated Version of The Disneyland Story Presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln Opens

“Encounter the Great Emancipator as he returns to tell the tale of generations past and share his stirring vision of the future.”

On December 18, 2009, the updated attraction The Disneyland Story Presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln officially reopened. This update featured the latest in Audio-Animatronic technology, including a new version of President Lincoln; his new face can create a total of 20 different functions, as opposed to the seven of the earlier version. Imagineers knew how popular this attraction is with guests, and made sure that the attraction blended old and new elements to keep the feel of the original attraction.

July 7

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July 7, 2006 – The Pirates of the Caribbean Attraction Reopens

“Drink up me hearties, yo ho.”

On July 7, 2006, the popular attraction Pirates of the Caribbean reopened after an extensive refurbishment that added an audio-animatronic figures of the character Jack Sparrow from the franchise of the same name. The reopening of the attraction coincided with the release of the second film in the series, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. Jack Sparrow appears in a few scenes within the attraction, including hiding behind a dressmaker’s dummy, peering out of a barrel, and celebrating his good fortune after finding and collecting treasure.

June 25

June 25, 1995 – Le Cellier Reopens in Epcot

“Sensational Canadian Cuisine”

On June 25, 1995, the restaurant Le Cellier reopened in the Canada Pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase. The restaurant had opened on October 1, 1982, and featured Canadian-inspired dishes, including maple syrup pie. When it reopened, the restaurant had been closed for about nine months, and underwent an overhaul top-to-bottom, including a new menu featuring sandwiches and salads. This was only the first of the restaurant’s changes, as this would only last for about two years; this version of Le Cellier would end on July 20, 1997, when it became a steakhouse.

June 13

June 13, 2012 – Carnation Café Reopens in Disneyland

“At last! An expanded and spruced-up Carnation Café is getting ready for its debut June 13 on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park.”

On June 13, 2012, the newly refurbished and expanded Carnation Café opened on Disneyland’s Main Street. The café expanded into the area that formerly housed the Blue Ribbon Bakery, and featured a new menu with a variety of new spins on some old favorites. The menu also featured a series of “Walt’s Favorites,” including a dish known as Homemade Meatloaf.

May 16

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May 16, 2015 – Grand Reopening of Smith Haven Mall Disney Store is Held

“One of The Walt Disney Company’s premier retail destinations, Disney Store offers guests a magical and immersive shopping experience through its unique store design, storytelling elements and one-of-a-kind team of Cast Members.”

On May 16, 2015, the grand reopening of the Smith Haven Mall Disney Store was celebrated with a grand ceremony. Located in Lake Grove, New York, the store’s celebration included a special event song, a meet-and-greet experience with Donald and Daisy Duck, and special gifts to the first 500 guests to attend the ceremony. Guests were brought in to see the new Disney Store experience, which included a combination of Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars products, as well as unique storytelling and theatrical elements to delight guests of all ages.

November 26

November 26, 2008 – The Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough Reopens

“Step into a storybook.”

On November 26, 2008, the walking attraction Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough reopened in Disneyland. The walkthrough was originally opened on April 29, 1957; it was expanded in 1968 and redesigned in 1977, before being closed again for refurbishment in 2008. In 1977, the attraction was designed to resemble the figures shown in the Main Street dioramas, but in 2008, it was decided that the attraction would go back to the version resembling Eyvind Earles’s designs for the animated film, along with some technical modifications. A brand new addition was the CGI walkthrough for those guests who were unable to climb stairs but wanted to walk through virtually.

July 2

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July 2, 1967 – Tomorrowland Terrace Opens in Disneyland

“Grab your dancing shoes and head to the hoppin’est place on earth where you can strut your stuff weekend nights all summer long!”

On July 2, 1967, the dining area Tomorrowland Terrace opened in Disneyland. Not only was it a fast-food facility, the area also had live bands and a dancefloor, with a stage for the bands that could be raised to meet the guests at the restaurant level. Similar versions of this facility were opened in Walt Disney World (which closed in 1994) and Tokyo Disneyland. The Disneyland version closed in June, 2001, and later opened as Club Buzz; it has since reopened in that space with different varieties of bands playing every night.

June 1

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June 1, 2002 – The Attraction Journey into Imagination with Figment Reopens

“A little imagination goes a long way.”

On June 1, 2002, the Future World attraction Journey into Imagination reopened in Epcot. It was the first change to the attraction since its total revision in October of 1999. The original attraction opened in 1983, and went through many changes throughout its run, including a replacement of lead character Dreamfinder to Dr. Nigel Channing. The attraction still features the character of Figment, a small purple dragon that helps lead guests through the wild world of imagination. While originally sponsored by Kodak, the sponsorship ended in 2010.

February 19

February 19, 2010 – Official Reopening Date for Captain EO in Disneyland Announced

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“Today, we are excited to give you an update on the Captain’s return!”

On February 19, 2010, the official reopening date for the Captain EO attraction was announced by Disney Parks, with the official date being February 23, 2010. The film was originally announced in late 2009 to be returning to Disneyland, but with no firm date set; more information about the release was announced in the February update. The film would return to the Tomorrowland Theatre with an updated 70mm print, along with acoustic updates that were made to the theatre since the film’s last showing in 1997.