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June 18

June 18, 1988 – The Live Show Minnie’s Surprise Birthday Party Begins

“Mickey Mouse! You are our hero! Mickey Mouse! You’re everyone’s friend!”

On June 18, 1988, the live stage show Minnie’s Surprise Birthday Party began in Mickey’s Birthdayland in Walt Disney World. Part of the birthday celebrations to honor Mickey’s 60th birthday, the show featured Minnie Mouse welcoming guests into a special area to surprise Mickey with a party. On hand to celebrate are Donald, Goofy, Pluto, Chip, Dale, and Minnie’s next door neighbor Christy. Everyone sets to work to prepare for the party, with Goofy taking the task of baking the cake, with help from Pluto. Through a series of misadventures, everyone has a turn of baking the cake, adding stranger and stranger ingredients, with Pluto continually adding a dog bone. Finally, Mickey arrives, and is surprised by all of his friends, including the guests in the audience. The show ran until April 22, 1990, and was succeeded by Mickey’s Magical TV World on April 26, 1990.

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June 17

June 17, 2015 – Zuri’s Sweets Opens in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“After an amazing day of tracking animals and trekking forests, reward yourself with some homemade sweets and treasured treats!”

On June 17, 2015, the confectionary Zuri’s Sweets opened at the Harambe Market in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. As with many stores and attractions within Disney Parks, Zuri’s Sweets tells the story of Miss Zuri, the owner, who started her business decades earlier and is considered an inspiration to others in Harambe for her entrepreneurial and imaginative spirit. The shop features about 80 kinds of treats, including several kinds of candy apples, animal-themed sweets, and a gourmet cocoa set.

June 11

June 11, 1983 – Refreshment Outpost Opens in Epcot

“Need to chill?”

On June 11, 1983, the Refreshment Outpost opened in Epcot’s World Showcase section. Created as part of a planned Africa pavilion, the area serves as a snack bar, featuring soft-serve ice cream, alcoholic beverages, and a hot dog entrée.

June 7

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June 7, 1975 – The Mission to Mars Attraction Opens in Walt Disney World

“Our Mission to Mars takes place sometime in the future, when a sightseeing trip to the red planet is an everyday adventure.”

On June 7, 1975, the Mission to Mars attraction opened in Walt Disney World. Similar to the original attraction that opened in Disneyland on March 21, 1975, the Walt Disney World attraction gave guests an idea of how it would be if humans could travel to Mars. Both park versions were updated from the original Flight to the Moon attraction, which had become outdated after man had made it to the moon in 1969. The Walt Disney World attraction closed on October 4, 1993.

June 4

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June 4, 1994 – The Surprise Celebration Parade Ends Run in Walt Disney World

“Beginning in September 1991, Magic Kingdom Park kicked off its 20th anniversary celebration early with the debut of a new parade – the “Surprise Celebration Parade.”

On June 4, 1994, the Surprise Celebration Parade had its final run in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. Beginning on September 22, 1991, the parade was created to celebrate the park’s 20th anniversary. It was based on the Party Gras Parade that was held exclusively in Disneyland, with several of the floats being repurposed for the Walt Disney World parade. The parade featured 35 to 40 feet balloons of several popular characters, including Roger Rabbit, Goofy, and, of course, Mickey Mouse. It was preceded by Mickey Mania.

June 1

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June 1, 1993 -The Photo Shop Splashdown Photos Opens in Walt Disney World

“Take home a photo memory of your ride on Splash Mountain or pick up a rugged western-themed souvenir.”

On June 1, 1993, the photo shop Splashdown Photos opened in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. Located at the end of the Splash Mountain attraction, it gave guests the opportunity to capture the moment that they went down the flume of the popular attraction. The area has expanded a bit to sell attraction-themed and general Frontierland merchandise. This shop is similar to the Professor Barnaby Owl’s Photographic Art Studio that opened in Disneyland on January 31, 1992.

May 31

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May 31, 2012 – Landscape of Flavors Opens in Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

“The amazing world of creativity and innovation of Disney animation will draw you into Landscape of Flavors – five mini-restaurants under one roof at Disney’s Art of Animation resort.”

On May 31, 2012, the food court area Landscape of Flavors opened in Walt Disney World’s Art of Animation resort. Comprised of five stations, the menu ranges from pizza and pasta, to Mongolian grilled fish. The menu is also separated into breakfast versus lunch and dinner. The area’s decor is inspired by the landscape art for the animated feature film The Lion King.