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June 21

June 21, 2016 – The Frozen Ever After Attraction Opens in Epcot

“Voyage to Arendelle aboard an ancient Nordic vessel as you take a musical tour of the wintery world of Frozen.”

On June 21, 2016, the attraction Frozen Ever After opened in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion of the World Showcase. Replacing the Maelstrom attraction, the ride has guests boarding a boat and sailing through the story of Frozen and Frozen Fever, complete with appearances from Elsa, Anna, and Marshmellow. The ride also features music from the hit animated feature film.

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June 18

June 18, 1988 – The Petting Zoo Grandma Duck’s Farm Opens in Walt Disney World

“Minnie Moo, who lives at Grandma Duck’s Farm at Mickey’s Starland, was born sporting the familiar Disney corporate symbol as a ‘birthmark’ on her hide.”

On June 18, 1988, the petting zoo area Grandma Duck’s Farm opened in Walt Disney World’s Mickey’s Birthdayland area. Sponsored by Friskies, the area was best known for being the home of Minnie Moo, a cow with a Mickey Mouse-shaped mark on her hide. The name Grandma Duck came from the comic book character of Donald Duck’s grandmother. The area closed on March 11, 1996, and Minnie Moo was moved to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.

June 6

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June 6, 2014 – The Marketplace Co-Op Opens in Downtown Disney

“Discover unique new shops, products, and retail concepts being tested in this shopper’s paradise in Disney Springs.”

On June 6, 2014, the Marketplace Co-Op area opened in Downtown Disney (now Disney Springs). The area serves as a merchandise hub where several boutiques come together to sell their wares. The current lineup includes Cherry Tree Lane (a Disney-inspired designer line), Twenty Eight & Main (an exclusive collection for men), D-Tech on Demand (accessories for smartphones), Disney Centerpiece (home furnishing collections), and the WonderGround Gallery (a collection and display of Disney-inspired art).

June 5

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June 5, 2010 – The Main Street Electrical Parade Returns to Walt Disney World

“In thousands of sparkling lights, and electro-synthe-magnetic musical sounds: the Main Street Electrical Parade!”

On June 5, 2010, popular nighttime parade Main Street Electrical Parade returned to Walt Disney World. Originally appearing in Disneyland starting on June 17, 1972, versions of the parade also made appearances in Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland. Prior to its final Walt Disney World appearance starting on June 5, 2010, the parade operated seasonally at Disneyland. After closing in Walt Disney World on October 9, 2016, the parade went back to Disneyland for a limited engagement, starting January 20, 2017.

May 31

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May 31, 2012 – The Ink & Paint Shop Opens in Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

On May 31, 2012, the general merchandise store Ink & Paint Shop opened in Walt Disney World’s Art of Animation Resort. Stylized like an ink and paint repository, complete with giant colorful paint pots, the store provides a variety of Disney-themed merchandise ranging from apparel, to toys, to keychains.

May 30

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May 30, 2011 – American Idol Winner Scotty McCreery Rides in Hollywood Studios Gala Parade

On May 30, 2011, to celebrate his win as the newest American Idol, Scotty McCreery rode down the streets of Hollywood Studios in a special gala parade, accompanied by Mickey Mouse. The parade ended in front of The American Idol Experience attraction, where McCreery treated guests to a rendition of his hit song “I Love You This Big.” He later surprised fans by making a surprise appearance in front of the attraction’s audience.

May 28

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May 28, 2016 – The Nighttime Show The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic Premieres at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“…we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate The Jungle Book with this new live show. It’s going to be a perfect fit for Disney’s Animal Kingdom.” – Creative Director of Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, Michael Jung

On May 28, 2016, the limited-engagement nighttime show The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic premiered at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. The show featured clips from the live-action feature film version of The Jungle Book, projected onto massive curtains of water, accompanied by live music, special effects, and a variety of performers. The music in the show was reimagined, Indian-inspired arrangements of popular songs from the film, including “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wan’na Be Like You.”