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Anaheim, CA (near Disneyland): August 31, 1964

The Dapper Dans, Disneyland‘s barbershop quartet, sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in front of more than 4,000 guests and dignataries at the ground-breaking ceremony for the new home for the California Angels.  The $24 Million dollar stadium will be built just a couple of miles east of Disneyland, and will be completed and ready for play during  the 1966 baseball season.

Walt Disney World:  August 31, 1985
Due to advancing Hurricane Elena, the decision is made to close both theme parks at 5 pm.! For safety reasons, resort guests are instructed to return to their individual resorts and remain inside until further notice. 


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Disneyland:  August 30, 1955

Fantasyland enjoys the grand opening of the new Chicken of the Sea Restaurant, built to resemble Captain Hook’s ship from Peter Pan, with a Skull Rock inspired dining patio behind it, complete with waterfalls and lagoon.  (This popular landmark will remain until construction begins for New Fantasyland, which will debut in 1983, at which time it will be removed and a newer, larger, grander Dumbo the Flying Elephant will relocate to this location at the back of Fantasyland).

Walt Disney World:  August 30, 2008

Back in the U.S. following his unprecedented performance at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China, the Magic Kingdom honors Micheal Phelps with an all-American style homecoming parade. 

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Walt Disney World: August 28, 1989
Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog leave their imprints & signatures in cement in the forecourt of the recreated Chinese Theatre, the home of  The Great Movie Ride at Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park, remiscent of all the glory days of Hollywood when stars hand and footprints would be immortalized in cement in the forecourt of the real Graumann’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.
Walt Disney World:  August 28, 1994
The Art of Disney opens in the Disney Village Marketplace (now known as Downtown Disney: Marketplace)
Disneyland:  August 28, 2003

Lucky the Dinosaur, the first freely roaming Audio-Animatronic figure to walk and interact with guests is introduced at Disney’s California Adventure (Lucky the Dinosaur will later move to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2005 for the “Happiest Celebration on Earth“, in honor of Disneyland‘s 50th anniversary, and then later in 2007 move on to Hong Kong Disneyland to entertain guests there).

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Disneyland:  August 27, 1955
The Mickey Mouse Club Theatre opens in Fantasyland.  It will serve as the regular “home” for the Mousketeers when they are in the park, and at other times the theatre will present Disney cartoons.  (In 1964 it will be renamed Fantasyland Theatre, continuing to show various cartoons and special performances, until it is demolished in 1982 making way for completly reimagined New Fantasyland, premiering in 1983.  In it’s place will be the new, and unique to Disneyland dark ride attraction, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, along with Gepetto’s Toy Shop and the Village Haus counter-service restaurant).

Walt Disney World:  August 27, 2006
A new list by CNN & Newsweek’s Budget Travel Online ranking the “Top 10 water parks in the U.S.” is announced, and both Walt Disney World water parks make the cut.   Blizzard Beach is ranked number 6, and Typhoon Lagoon is ranked number 9.


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Walt Disney World:  August 26, 2008

Epcot opens its newest Innoventions exhibit – a hurricane simulator aiming to demonstrate how to better protect lives and property in advance of dangerous storms.  Prior to the official debut to the public in the afternoon, meteorologists and emergency management experts are the first to experience it throughout the morning hours.

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