This WEEK in Disney History

Ok guys, I’m getting ready to head out on Sunday for a full week of Summer Camp with my sons and the Boy Scout Troop where I’ll be deep in the woods, having a great time getting to be a boy myself again.  But I’m just sure you would miss getting a dose of trivia while I’m gone (yeah, right), so I’ve decided to inundate you with a full WEEK’s worth today.  Enjoy!  and HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to you all Dads!!

 
JUNE 20
Walt Disney World:  June 20, 1976
River Country, an all-new themed water park adventure located next to the Fort Wilderness Resort & Campgroun opens.  It is positioned along the shore of Bay Lake near Discovery Island, and is filled with rocks and manmade boulders, featuring water slides and an inner tube river.  President Gerald Ford’s daughter Susan helps with the official opening. (River Country will later close in November 2001, partly due to new Florida Laws prohibiting the use of natural bodies of water for water park use, partly for financial reasons following the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. eroding travel to the Walt Disney World resort).
 
JUNE 21
Walt Disney World:  June 21, 1989
Walt Disney World’s 300-millionth guest, Matt Gleason, is officially greeted by Mickey Mouse and comedian Harvey Korman at the Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park.
 
JUNE 22
Disneyland:  June 22, 1985
Videopolis, a high-tech nightclub style outdoor entertainment venue opens in Fantasyland near It’s a Small World.  Capitializing on the popularity of dance locations at other area theme parks, Disney takes the concept further with the addition of dozens of video screens and several enormous projection screens all around the stage and throughout the dance floor so the teens can watch themselves and their friends dance.  Due to it’s simplistic nature and structures, Videopolis sets a new record for completion, being built in just 23 days. 
 
Walt Disney World:  June 22, 2007
After an extensive refurbishment, a newly-updated American Adventure debuts at Epcot. The final video montage now features moments from 9/11, current military operations, and other recent events.
 
JUNE 23
Disneyland:  June 23, 1956
The Skyway to Fantasyland and Skyway to Tomorrowland begin transporting guests across the park. In Fantasyland, guests take off from a small Alpine chalet and get a lovely aerial view of the magical realm of fantasy on their way to the world of tomorrow. Tomorrowland guests also get an aerial view of the futuristic realm on their way to the world of fantasy.  (After the 1959 addition of the Matterhorn Bobsleds, Skyway riders pass right through the mddle of the mountain!)
 
 Disneyland:  June 23, 1963
The Enchanted Tiki Room opens.  It is the first attraction to feature Audio-Animatronics figures, first developed and patented by WED Enterprises (the organization now known as Imagineering).
 
Disneyland:  June 23, 1999
In Adventureland, the original 1962 shipwrecked residents from Switzerland have moved on, and their newly reimagined (and remodeled)  “Disneydendron eximus” – or “out of the ordinary Disney tree”   reopens as Tarzan’s Treehouse.  The new treehouse includes a number of interactive features for hands-on fun. 
 
JUNE 24
Walt Disney World:  June 24, 1998
The Electric Umbrella, a new counter service restaurant, opens in Epcot’s Communicore East.
 
JUNE 25
Disneyland:  June 25, 1967
A new version CircleVision 360 film America the Beautiful debuts in Tomorrowland. The new film has been shot using the new 9-camera CircleVision format, instead of the original 11-camera Circarama format. 
 
JUNE 26 & JUNE 27
Disneyland:  June 26 & 27, 1999
A two-day celebration honoring the Haunted Mansion‘s 30th Anniversary takes place in the park with numerous Haunted Mansion themed events and happenings. Over 1,000 guests enjoy a panel discussion at the Fantasyland Theater with several of the imagineers who helped bring the mansion to life, and discuss the similarities and differences between each of the subsequent Mansions built around the world. The Dapper Dans, the park’s very popular singing group, materialize as the Hitchhiking Ghosts and the Grave Digger to sing a special rendition of the attraction’s theme song, “Grim Grinning Ghosts.” Special attraction ride throughs, and speciality, limited edition merchandise are also available for purchase, including the The Haunted Mansion: 30th Limited Edition Compact Disc which is released the same day.
 
  
  
 

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