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  • 1963

    Central Florida is chosen as location for the East coast theme park. Secret land acquisition begins under assumed company names. During that time period, The Walt Disney Company acquired 27,443 acres, about 43 square miles. Today, The Walt Disney World Resort is located on a 25,000-acre site, approximately 40 square miles.

    1965

    November 15, 1965 - Press conference held by Walt Disney, Roy O. Disney, and Governor Hayden Burns at the Cherry Plaza Hotel in Orlando announcing the plans for a $100 million Disney resort project in Central Florida.

    1967

    May 30, 1967 - Walt Disney World Resort groundbreaking; site preparation begins.

    1969

    Full-scale construction of the Walt Disney World Resort begins with 9000 workers involved in a two-year private construction project. 

    1970

    January 16, 1970 - Preview Center officially opens to the public in Lake Buena Vista at the Walt Disney World Resort

    1971

    October 1, 1971 - Opening of Walt Disney World Resort and the Magic Kingdom Park. Opening of Attractions in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom Park

    *Jungle Cruise 

    * Swiss Family Treehouse 

    * Tropical Serenade, located in the Sunshine Pavilion (also called "The Enchanted Tiki Birds," originally sponsored by the Florida Citrus Growers. It closed on September 2, 1997 and reopened, after extensive renovations, on April 5, 1998 as "The Enchanted Tiki Room-Under New Management.")Opening of Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom Park* Main Street horseless carriage 

    * Jitney 

    * fire truck 

    * horse-drawn streetcar and omnibus

    * Main Street Cinema (Showing Disney films and vintage footage of Disney cartoons, including "Steamboat Willie," the first cartoon to feature sound.) 

    --Main Street Cinema closes in early 1998 for refurbishment and reopens on June 1, 1998 primarily as a merchandise location, including an area featuring film clips from Disney movies.* Walt Disney World Railroad

    Opening of Attractions in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom Park* Cinderella's Golden Carrousel 

    * Dumbo the Flying Elephant

    * Mad Tea Party 

    * Peter Pan's Flight 

    * Skyway to Tomorrowland

    * Fantasyland Theater featuring the "Mickey Mouse Revue" which opened on October 1, 1971

    -- "Mickey Mouse Revue" closed on September 14, 1980.-- It was moved to TOKYO DISNEYLAND Park where it opened on April 15, 1983.

    --After the departure of the "Mickey Mouse Revue," Disney Classic Cartoons were shown in the Fantasyland Theater from December 20, 1980-December, 1987.

    --"Magic Journeys" transferred from the Magic Eye Theater in the Journey into Imagination Pavilion at Epcot to the Fantasyland Theater in the Magic Kingdom Park from December 15, 1987-December 1, 1993.

    --Following the "Magic Journeys" 3D presentation, the "Legend of The Lion King" opened in the Fantasyland Theater on July 8, 1994.

    --"Legend of the Lion King" closes on February 24, 2002. Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and other popular Disney characters will appear in three-dimensional animation at "Mickey's PhilharMagic Orchestra", a new attraction scheduled to debut in 2003.

    * Mr. Toad's Wild Ride (closed permanently on September 8, 1998 to be replaced by "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" which opened to guests on June 5, 1999)

    * It's a Small World 

    * Snow White's Adventures (reopened with extensive renovations as "Snow White's Scary Adventures" on December 16, 1994)

    * 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (closed on September 9, 1994 until further notice)

    Opening of Cinderella Castle and King Stefan's Banquet Hall, a restaurant upstairs inside Cinderella Castle, located at the entrance to Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World ResortOpening of Attractions in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom Park

    *Diamond Horseshoe Revue opened on October 1, 1971 and was based on the original "Golden Horseshoe Revue" which opened at the DISNEYLAND Park on July 16, 1955. (Diamond Horseshoe Revue ran until it was changed to "Diamond Horseshoe Jamboree" on October 1, 1986; it returned to its original name on April 7, 1995, with extensive changes to the show)

    *Frontier Shooting Gallery (Changed its name to "Frontierland Shootin' Arcade" on September 26, 1984.)

    * Country Bear Jamboree--Country Bear Christmas Special began on December 19, 1984 and now runs seasonally each year

    Opening of Attractions in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom Park

    * Haunted Mansion 

    * Hall of Presidents 

    *Mike Fink Keelboats (Mike Fink Keelboats close on April 29, 2001 as a daily attraction. Currently operates seasonally)

    * Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes

    Opening of Attractions in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom Park*Grand Prix Raceway (The name was changed to "Tomorrowland Speedway" on September 28, 1996 and then to "Tomorrowland Indy Speedway" on December 19, 1999)

    * Skyway to Fantasyland

    Disney's Contemporary Resort (1,041 rooms) opens at the Walt Disney World Resort

    Disney's Polynesian Resort (853 rooms) opens at the Walt Disney World Resort with 492 rooms. 

    Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground opens at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    --The official opening for Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground was on November 19, 1971.

    October 26, 1971 - Electrical Water Pageant debuts on Bay Lake and the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Walt Disney World Resort for the dedication of the Polynesian Luau and the grand opening celebrations of Disney's Contemporary and Polynesian Resorts. Electrical Water Pageant was first known as Electrical Pageant and was the forerunner of the Main Street Electrical Parade which began at DISNEYLAND in 1972.

    October 25, 1971 - Grand opening of the Walt Disney World Resort with a reading of the official dedication plaque on Main Street, U.S.A. by Roy O. Disney.November 25, 1971

    "America the Beautiful" (CircleVision 360 film presentation) opens as a Tomorrowland attraction in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort and runs through March 15, 1974.* "Magic Carpet 'Round the World replaces "America the Beautiful" for a year, March 16, 1974-March 14, 1975 . (see also March 16, 1974) 

    * "America the Beautiful" returns and runs from March 15, 1975-September 9, 1984. 

    * "American Journeys" replaces "America the Beautiful" and runs from September 15, 1984-January 9, 1994. 

    * The Timekeeper (Circle-Vision 360 film presentation) replaces "American Journeys" on November 21, 1994. The Timekeeper closes as a daily attraction to begin operation as a seasonal attraction on April 29, 2001.

    December 24, 1971 - Flight to the Moon opens as a Tomorrowland attraction in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. (closes April 15, 1975)* Mission to Mars opens on June 7, 1975, replacing Flight to the Moon, and closes on October 4, 1993.

    * ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter officially opens on June 20, 1995, replacing Mission to Mars, as a Tomorrowland attraction in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.NOTE: "Fantasy in the Sky" fireworks show debuts in 1971 at the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. After a long distinguished run, "Fantasy in the Sky" closes at the Magic Kingdom Park at the end of operating hours on October 11, 2003.

    1972

    June 5, 1972 - If You Had Wings, sponsored by Eastern, opens as a Tomorrowland attraction in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. (closes on June 1, 1987)* If You Could Fly, sponsored by Delta, opens on June 6, 1987 and closes January 3, 1989. 

    * Delta Dreamflight, a completely new attraction, opens on June 26, 1989. 

    * The attraction is renamed Take Flight on January 1, 1996 when Delta sponsorship came to an end. It closed on January 5, 1998. 

    * Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger spin opens on October 7, 1998, with a grand opening scheduled for November 3, 1998.

    1973

    April 15, 1973 - The "Walt Disney Story" film attraction opens in Town Square Exposition Hall on Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. Closes on October 5, 1992 

    * The Walt Disney Story display area (including photos and memorabilia of Walt Disney's life) reopens in 1993 to serve as a center for annual passport redemption.

    May 20, 1973 - Tom Sawyer Island opens in Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    Richard F. Irvine Riverboat begins operation on the Rivers of America in Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.* After an extensive refurbishment it was renamed to the Liberty Belle and re-commissioned at the Magic Kingdom on November 26, 1996. The Liberty Belle was built from the hull of the Richard F. Irvine.

    December 14, 1973 - Disney's Golf Resort opens at the Walt Disney World Resort - Becomes The Disney Inn on February 4, 1986 - Becomes Shades of Green, a military run recreation resort, on February 1, 1994.December 15, 1973

    Pirates of the Caribbean opens as an Adventureland attraction in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    1974

    March 16, 1974 - "Magic Carpet 'Round the World" (CircleVision 360 film presentation) opens as a Tomorrowland attraction in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. (closes on March 14, 1975) * (see also November 25, 1971)April 1, 1974

    Pioneer Hall opens in Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground at the Walt Disney World Resort.April 8, 1974

    Treasure Island opens at the Walt Disney World Resort. (see also January 1, 1978 for more information about Treasure Island)

    November 28, 1974 - Star Jets opens as a Tomorrowland attraction in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort* Closes January 10, 1994 to reopen as Astro Orbiter on April 30, 1994

    1975

    January 15, 1975 - Space Mountain opens as a Tomorrowland attraction in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    Carousel of Progress opens as a Tomorrowland attraction in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    March 22, 1975 - Lake Buena Vista Village (also called Walt Disney World Village and Disney Village Marketplace, now known as DOWNTOWN DISNEY Marketplace) opens at the Walt Disney World Resort

    April 15, 1975 - Flight to the Moon closes June 6, 1975

    America on Parade, special American Bicentennial Parade to commemorate the Bicentennial, debuts at the Walt Disney World Resort. (last performance takes place on September 6, 1976)

    June 7, 1975 - Mission to Mars opens as a Tomorrowland attraction in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. (closes on October 4, 1993) (See also Flight to the Moon)

    July 1, 1975 - WEDway PeopleMover opens as a Tomorrowland attraction in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. (closes on January 10, 1994)* Tomorrowland Transit Authority replaces WEDway PeopleMover on June 11, 1994.

    1976

    March 2, 1976 - The Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort welcomes its 50 millionth (50,000,000) guest.June 20, 1976

    Disney's River Country Water Park opens adjacent to Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground at the Walt Disney World Resort opens.

    * Disney's River Country Water Park closes temporarily at the end of operating hours on September 1, 2001.

    July 4, 1976 - The Walt Disney World Resort celebrates the 200th birthday of the U.S. with a Fantasy in the Sky fireworks display in the Magic Kingdom Park, accompanied by a seasonal Seven Seas Lagoon show entitled "Sky Spectacular."

    1977

    May 1, 1977 - The Empress Lilly Riverboat (containing 3 restaurants) opens in the Disney Village Marketplace (now called DOWNTOWN DISNEY Marketplace) at the Walt Disney World Resort with a special ceremony attended by Mrs. Lillian Disney, after whom the riverboat is named. In 1989, with the opening of Pleasure Island, the Empress Lilly became part of that area.  The boat closed as a Disney operation on April 22, 1995 and reopened as Fulton's Crab House on March 10, 1996.

    June 11, 1977 - "Main Street Electrical Parade" debuts in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.The "Main Street Electrical Parade" ends its first run in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort on September 14, 1991. It was replaced by "SpectroMagic."The "Main Street Electrical Parade" begins its second run (updated version of the original DISNEYLAND parade) in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort on May 28, 1999, with a special showing for invited guests only taking place on May 27, 1999.The "Main Street Electrical Parade" ends its second run in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort at the end of operating hours on April 1, 2001.

    December 17, 1977 - First Very Merry Christmas Parade debuts in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    1978

    January 1, 1978 - Treasure Island changes its name to Discovery Island at the Walt Disney World Resort. (see also April 8, 1974 for more information about Treasure Island)

    1979

    October 1, 1979 - Groundbreaking ceremonies for Epcot take place at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    October 22, 1979 - The Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort welcomes its 100 millionth (100,000,000) guest.

    1980

    September 23, 1980 - Big Thunder Mountain Railroad opens as a Frontierland attraction in the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has its grand opening on November 15, 1980 in Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    1981

    October 1, 1981 - "Tencennial" - celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort begins and continues through September 30, 1982.

    1982

    October 1, 1982 - Grand Opening of Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort: Opening of Future World at Epcot

    * Journey Into Imagination Pavilion: The Image Works interactive area and the Magic Eye Theater featuring "Magic Journeys," the 3D film presentation. (closes February 9, 1986) (See September 12, 1986) 

    * Spaceship Earth (See also May 26, 1986 and November 23, 1994)

    * CommuniCore (CommuniCore East & CommuniCore West)

    * The Land

    -- Listen to the Land (closes September 27, 1993)

    -- Kitchen Kabaret (closes January 3, 1994)

    -- Symbiosis (closes January 1, 1995)

    * Universe of Energy

    * World of Motion (closes on January 2, 1996 to be replaced eventually by the new "Test Track" attraction presented by General Motors Corporation)

    Opening of World Showcase at Epcot

    * The American Adventure 

    * Canada

    * China 

    * France

    * Germany 

    * Italy 

    * Japan 

    * Mexico 

    * United Kingdom.

    -- (see also Morocco) 

    -- (see also Norway)October 23, 1982

    Grand opening celebration of World Showcase at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    1983

    March 5, 1983

    Journey Into Imagination Ride opens in the Journey into Imagination Pavilion located in Future World at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    June 4, 1983 - EPCOT Outreach and EPCOT Teacher's Center opens in CommuniCore West in Future World at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    Epcot Discovery Center splits into two operations on April 18, 1996. The library & research section now known as the Walt Disney World Library & Research Center moves from Epcot to a backstage location at Disney University. The Epcot Discovery Center, the guest service location which now operates as a satellite of the Walt Disney World Library & Research Center, remains open at Epcot.

    Epcot Discovery Center officially closes its doors at the end of operation on October 3, 1998.

    October 1, 1983  - Horizons Pavilion opens in Future World at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort. (officially closes on January 10, 1999)

    December 25, 1983First Broadcast of the Very Merry Christmas Parade takes place in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    1984

    February 4, 1984 - Backstage Magic opens at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort. (closes on October 1, 1993)

    June 9, 1984 - Laserphonic Fantasy premieres in World Showcase at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    September 7, 1984 - Morocco Pavilion opens in World Showcase at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort. (1st country to be added since the opening of World Showcase)

    September 15, 1984 - "American Journeys" (CircleVision 360 film presentation) opens as a Tomorrowland attraction in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. (Closes January 9, 1994) (see also "Magic Carpet 'Round the World and "America the Beautiful")

    December 19, 1984 - "Country Bear Christmas Special" show begins as a Frontierland attraction in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. It now runs seasonally each year.

    1985

    May 27, 1985 - Presidential Inaugural Parade takes place for President Ronald Reagan at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    July 3, 1985 - Tinkerbell makes her first flight in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    August 31, 1985 - The Walt Disney World Resort closes at 5 p.m. to prepare for Hurricane Elena.

    September, 1985 - Skyleidoscope (lagoon show) debuts at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    September 1, 1985 - The official day the Disney Characters take up residence at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    1986

    January 15, 1986 - The Living Seas Pavilion opens in Future World at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    February 4, 1986 - Disney's Golf Resort becomes The Disney Inn at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    March 27, 1986 - Official groundbreaking for the Disney-MGM Studios takes place with special celebrity guest Bob Hope.

    May 29, 1986 - A new narration script with Walter Cronkite is added to Spaceship Earth in Future World at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    September 12, 1986 - "Captain EO" (replaces "Magic Journeys") opens in the Magic Eye Theater in the Journey Into Imagination Pavilion at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort. (closes July 6, 1994)

    October 1, 1986 - Diamond Horseshoe Jamboree opens as a Frontierland attraction in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    1987

    June 6, 1987 - If You Could Fly, sponsored by Delta opens as a Tomorrowland attraction in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. (formerly called If You Had Wings which closed on June 1, 1987 and was sponsored by Eastern)

    September 30, 1987 - The All America Parade debuts in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort in honor of the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution. It was the largest parade in the park's history and featured the World's largest free-flying American flag which was raised by helicopter behind Cinderella Castle.

    October, 1, 1987 - Daredevil Circus Spectacular debuts at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort. (last performance takes place on March 19, 1988)

    October 2, 1987 - Disney Dollars, which first came in one and five dollar bills, debut as the "official currency" of the Walt Disney World Resort. Disney Dollars are released in ten dollar bills, featuring Minnie Mouse, on November 20, 1989.

    December 15, 1987 - "Magic Journeys" opens in the Fantasyland Theater in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort; closes on December 1, 1993.

    1988

    January 30, 1988 - "IllumiNations" officially debuts at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    February 13, 1988 - Expo Robotics robot demonstration opens in CommuniCore West in Future World at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort. (closes on October 3, 1993)

    May 6, 1988 - Norway Pavilion opens (excluding Maelstrom boat ride which opens later on July 5, 1988) in World Showcase at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    June 18, 1988 - Mickey's Birthdayland opens near Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort to honor Mickey's 60th birthday. * At the conclusion of Mickey's 60th Birthday celebration, Mickey's Birthdayland became Mickey's Starland on May 26, 1990. Mickey's Starland was then remodeled and became Mickey's Toontown Fair on June 29, 1996.

    July 1, 1988 - Disney's Grand Floridian Beach Resort officially opens at the Walt Disney World Resort. * The resort's name was changed to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in the Summer of 1997.

    July 5, 1988 - Maelstrom boat ride attraction opens in the Norway Pavilion in World Showcase at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    October 1, 1988 - Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort officially opens at the Walt Disney World Resort with 768 rooms in the Martinique and Barbados village sections.

    1989

    March 27, 1989 - The new Casting Center opens at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    May 1, 1989 - Disney-MGM Studios opens at the Walt Disney World Resort with the following attractions:

    * The Monster Sound Show (became ABC Sound Studio: One Saturday Morning on July 1, 1997 and closed on February 21, 1999 to be replaced by SOUNDS DANGEROUS Starring Drew Carey on April 22, 1999.) 

    * Super Star Television 

    * The Great Movie Ride 

    * Backstage Studio Tour (became Disney-MGM Studios Backlot Tour on June 30, 1996, updating the attraction by combining both the Special Effects Water Tank show and the Backstage Studio Tour) 

    * The Magic of Disney Animation 

    * The Indiana JonesTM Epic Stunt Spectacular! opened for dress rehearsals only. (Official dedication and grand opening take place on August 25, 1989 with George Lucas and Michael Eisner in attendance)Pleasure Island officially opens at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    * Pleasure Island begins admitting guests on April 28, 1989.June 1, 1989

    Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park (56 acres) opens at the Walt Disney World Resort.June 26, 1989Delta Dreamflight, a completely new attraction replacing If You Could Fly, opens as a Tomorrowland attraction in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. 

    * Delta's sponsorship ends on January 1, 1996 and Delta Dreamflight is renamed Take Flight. (closes on January 5, 1998)

    August 25, 1989 - Official dedication and grand opening of the Indiana JonesTMEpic Stunt Spectacular! and the EWOK Village (opens on August 24, 1989) take place at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort, with George Lucas and Michael Eisner in attendance.

    October 19, 1989 - Wonders of Life Pavilion (including Body Wars, Goofy About Health, Anacomical Players, Hands On Exhibits, and Cranium Command) opens in Future World at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    October 30, 1989 - "Making of Me" attraction opens in the Wonders of Life Pavilion in Future World at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    November 20, 1989 - Disney Dollars are released in ten dollar bills, featuring Minnie Mouse, at the Walt Disney World Resort. (See also Disney Dollars; October 2, 1987)

    November 22, 1989 - Walt Disney World Swan Hotel opens at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    December 15, 1989 - Star Tours opens at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    * Official dedication of the Star Tours attraction takes place on January 13, 1990 at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. George Lucas, Mark Hammil, Carrie Fisher, and Michael Eisner were among the notables in attendance.

    1990

    January, 13, 1990 - Official dedication of the Star Tours attraction takes place at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. George Lucas, Mark Hammil, Carrie Fisher, and Michael Eisner were among the notables in attendance.

    May 26, 1990 - Mickey's Starland opens near Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom Parkat the Walt Disney World Resort. (see also Mickey's Birthdayland and Mickey's Toontown Fair)May 29, 1990"Sorcery in the Sky" fireworks show premieres at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    June 4, 1990 - The Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel and Convention Center opens at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    November 5, 1990 - Disney's Yacht Club Resort opens at the Walt Disney World Resort, with 630 rooms.

    November 19, 1990 - Disney's Beach Club Resort opens at the Walt Disney World Resort, with 584 rooms. 

    November 5, 1990 - Disney's Yacht Club Resort opens at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    December 17, 1990 - "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" Movie Set Adventure opens in the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    1991

    April 20, 1991 - Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant opens in the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    May 1, 1991 - Team Disney Building opens at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    May 16, 1991 - Jim Henson's Muppet Vision 3-D film attraction opens in the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. NOTE: On October 1, 2004, "Jim Henson's Muppet Vision 3D" film attraction changes its name to Muppet*Vision 3D.

    May 17, 1991 - Disney's Port Orleans Resort opens with 432 rooms at the Walt Disney World Resort. (First phase of the 1,008 rooms)

    October 1, 1991 - "SpectroMagic" debuts in the Magic Kingdom Parkat the Walt Disney World Resort. ("SpectroMagic" replaced the "Main Street Electrical Parade" which ended its first run in the Magic Kingdom Parkon September 14, 1991.) "SpectroMagic" ends its first run in the Magic Kingdom Parkat the Walt Disney World Resort on May 22, 1999. "SpectroMagic" begins its second run in the Magic KingdomPark, replacing the "Main Street Electrical Parade," on April 2, 2001.

    November 22, 1991 - "Beauty and the Beast" - Live on Stage debuts at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. (The Beauty and the Beast film also had its general release on November 22, 1991. This was the first time the debut of a stage show coincided with the opening of the movie that inspired it.)

    December 20, 1991 - Disney Vacation Club Resort opens at the Walt Disney World Resort. Disney Vacation Club Resort is renamed to Disney's Old Key West Resort on January 15, 1996.

    1992

    January 7, 1992 - "Voyage of The Little Mermaid" opens at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    January 23, 1992 - Disney's Bonnet Creek Golf Club, which includes the Osprey Ridge and Eagle Pines golf courses, opens at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    February 2, 199 - Disney's Dixie Landings Resort opens at the Walt Disney World Resort (2,048 rooms).

    July 17, 1992 - Splash Mountain officially opens as a Frontierland attraction in the Magic Kingdom Parkat the Walt Disney World Resort.

    December 21, 1992 - Aladdin's Royal Caravan parade premieres in the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    Aladdin's Royal Caravan parade ends on August 27, 1995 in the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    1993

    April 23, 1993 - Dedication of the Disney Wilderness Preserve located on 8,500 acres of newly acquired land south of the Walt Disney World Resort.

    August 27, 1993 - Pleasure Island Jazz Company opens at DOWNTOWN DISNEY Pleasure Island at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    November 18, 1993 - Carousel of Progress reopens (closed for refurbishment on August 24, 1993) as a Tomorrowland attraction in the Magic Kingdom Parkat the Walt Disney World Resort. Renamed to Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress in 1994.

    November 20, 1993 - Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) Hall of Fame Plaza dedication ceremony takes place at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    Dumbo the Flying Elephant reopens (closed for refurbishment on August 23, 1993) as a Fantasyland attraction in the Magic Kingdom Parkat the Walt Disney World Resort.Splashtacular stage show debuts at newly renovated Fountain of Nations at Epcotat the Walt Disney World Resort.

    Last performance of Splashtacular stage show takes place on June 11, 1994 at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    December 10, 1993 - Living with the Land opens in the Land Pavilion in Future World at Epcotat the Walt Disney World Resort. (replaces Listen to the Land)

    December 23, 1993 - Magical World of Barbie stage show opens in America Gardens Theatre at Epcotat the Walt Disney World Resort. Last performance of the Magical World of Barbie stage show takes place on May 11, 1995 at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    1994

    January 16, 1994 - Inaugural race of the Walt Disney World Resort Marathon takes place.

    February 1, 1994 - The Disney Inn becomes Shades of Green, a military run recreation resort at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    March 26, 1994 - Food Rocks opens to guests in the Land Pavilion in Future World at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort. (replaces Kitchen Kabaret).

    April 1994 - "Once Upon A Time" Character Breakfast, featuring Cinderella and friends, opens at Cinderella's Royal Table located on the third floor of Cinderella Castle, overlooking Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    April 29, 1994 - Disney's All-Star Sports Resort opens with 384 rooms at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    * Total = 1,920 rooms become available at completion of all phases:

    -- Surf's Up - 384 rooms - April 29, 1994 

    -- Hoops Hotel - 384 rooms - May 13, 1994 

    -- Touchdown - 384 rooms - June 26, 1994 

    -- Home Run Hotel - 384 rooms - July 22, 1994 

    -- Center Court - 384 rooms - August 11, 1994 

    * (see also All Star Music) 

    * (see also All Star Movies)The 1st annual International Flower & Garden Festival begins and continues through June 5, 1994.

    April 30, 1994 - Astro Orbiter opens as a Tomorrowland attraction in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort (formerly Star Jets).

    May 28, 1994 - Disney's Wilderness Lodge opens at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    June 11, 1994 - Tomorrowland Transit Authority (replaces WEDway PeopleMover) opens as a Tomorrowland attraction in the Magic Kingdom Parkat the Walt Disney World Resort.

    June 12, 1994 - "Beauty and the Beast" - Live on Stage reopens at the new Theater of the Stars on Sunset Boulevard in the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.Sunset Boulevard officially opens in the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    July 1, 1994 - Epcot Discovery Center (formerly known as EPCOT Outreach and EPCOT Teacher's Center) opens in Future World at Epcotat the Walt Disney World Resort.

    Innoventions opens in Future World at Epcotat the Walt Disney World Resort. (Replaces Communicore)

    Official grand opening of Innoventions takes place on September 29, 1994 in Future World at Epcotat the Walt Disney World Resort.

    July 8, 1994 - Legend of the Lion King opens in the Fantasyland Theater in the Magic Kingdom Parkat the Walt Disney World Resort.

    July 22, 1994 - The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror opens at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror second show enhancement (double drop) debuts in May, 1996. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: Fear Every Drop! (third show enhancement) debuts on March 1, 1999. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror officially debuts a new drop sequence on December 31, 2002 (fourth show enhancement since the attraction opened on July 22, 1994).  This entirely new drop sequence places the computers in control of the ride experience for the first time, making each ride sequence unique and random.

    September 5, 1994 - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea closes as a Fantasyland attraction in the Magic Kingdom Parkat the Walt Disney World Resort.

    October 1, 1994 - Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    November 21, 1994 - "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience" 3D film presentation opens in the Journey Into Imagination Pavilion in Future World at Epcotat the Walt Disney World Resort. (Replaces "Captain EO")

    The Timekeeper (Circle-Vision 360 film presentation) opens as a Tomorrowland attraction in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. (Replaces "American Journeys." See November 25, 1971) The Timekeeper closes as a daily attraction and begins operation as a seasonal attraction on April 29, 2001. The Timekeeper officially closes as a seasonal attraction beginning February 26, 2006.

    November 1, 1994 - Disney's All-Star Music Resort officially opens at the Walt Disney World Resort with 384 rooms.

    * Total = 1,920 rooms become available at completion of all phases:

    -- Calypso - 384 rooms - October 22, 1994 (Officially opens on November 1, 1994)

    -- Jazz - 384 rooms - December 18, 1994 

    -- Rock Inn - 384 rooms - January 20, 1995 

    -- Country Fair - 384 rooms - February 12, 1995

    -- Broadway - 384 rooms - February 17, 1995

    November 23, 1994 - Spaceship Earth reopens (closed for rehab on August 15, 1994), after major renovations, with Jeremy Irons now providing the narration (replacing Walter Cronkite).

    December 16, 1994 - Snow White's Scary Adventures opens as a Fantasyland attraction in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. (formerly known as Snow White's Adventures which opened with the Magic Kingdom Park on October 1, 1971, before undergoing extensive renovations)

    December 17, 1994 - Planet Hollywood grand opening celebration takes place at DOWNTOWN DISNEY Pleasure Island at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    1995

    January 30, 1995 - "Circle of Life" film officially opens in the Land Pavilion in Future World at Epcotat the Walt Disney World Resort. (replaces "Symbiosis")

    April 1, 1995 - Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park opens at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    April 12, 1995 - 'Ohana Restaurant opens at Disney's Polynesian Resort at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    May 15, 1995 - California Grill Restaurant opens on the top floor of Disney's Contemporary Resort at the Walt Disney World Resort. (Replaces "Top of the World" Restaurant).

    June 19, 1995 - Dedication of the "Partners" statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse, located in the central plaza in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom Parkat the Walt Disney World Resort.

    June 20, 1995 - Official opening of ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter (replaces Mission to Mars) as a Tomorrowland attraction in the Magic Kingdom Parkat the Walt Disney World Resort. ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter opens unofficially on December 16, 1994 as a Tomorrowland attraction in the Magic Kingdom ark at the Walt Disney World Resort; closed temporarily in January, 1995 for refurbishment and enhancement.

    June 23,1995 - "The Spirit of Pocahontas" stage show premieres at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. * Last performance of "The Spirit of Pocahontas" stage show takes place on February 24, 1996 at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    July 15, 1995 - The new Disney Wedding Pavilion officially opens at the Walt Disney World Resort. The wedding pavilion is located on a private island south of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and will accommodate large-scale weddings of more than 250 guests to intimate gatherings of two.

    October 1, 1995 - Disney's Vero Beach Resort, part of the Disney Vacation Club, opens in Vero Beach, Florida.

    November 22, 1995 - Disney's Toy Story Parade premieres at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. Last performance of Disney's Toy Story Parade takes place on June 8, 1997 at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    November 24, 1995 - The Osborne Family Christmas lights display debuts at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    November 28, 1995 - Walt Disney World Speedway opens at the Walt Disney World Resort with a track dedication ceremony.

    1996

    January 2, 1996 - World of Motion closes in Future World at Epcotat the Walt Disney World Resort. GM (General Motors) Preview Center opens February 13, 1996 giving guests a sneak peek of the new "Test Track attraction," which will replace the World of Motion, presented by General Motors Corporation.

    January 21, 1996 - Universe of Energy show closes for extensive refurbishment and reopens as "Ellen's Energy Adventure" show on September 15, 1996 in the Universe of Energy Pavilion in Future World at Epcotat the Walt Disney World Resort.

    January 27, 1996 - Inaugural race of the Indy 200 takes place at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    February, 1996 - The American Film Institute opens at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. The American Film Institute Showcase is officially dedicated on October 5, 1996 at the Disney-MGM Studios.

    February 9, 1996 - The Disney Institute opens at the Walt Disney World Resort. March 2-3, 1996: The Disney Institute dedication weekend, featuring Michael Eisner (Walt Disney Company CEO), takes place at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    March 1, 1996 - Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort, part of the Disney Vacation Club, opens in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

    March 10, 1996 - Fulton's Crab House opens in the DOWNTOWN DISNEY Marketplace at the Walt Disney World Resort. (Formerly the Empress Lilly).

    May 20, 1996 - Fantasia Gardens & Fantasia Fairways Miniature Golf open at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    June 21, 1996 - "Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame -- A Musical Adventure" stage show premieres at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    June 29, 1996 - Mickey's Toontown Fair opens opens near Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom Parkat the Walt Disney World Resort. (remodeling of the former Mickey's Starland; see also Mickey's Birthdayland).

    June 30, 1996 - Disney's BoardWalk Resort begins receiving guests at the Walt Disney World Resort. Board Walk Resort official opening takes place on July 1, 1996. BoardWalk Resort grand opening celebration and press event take place on October 1, 1996, to coincide with the commencement of Walt Disney World Resort 25th Anniversary celebration. 

    Disney-MGM Studios Backlot Tour opens replacing the Backstage Studio Tour at the Disney-MGM Studios at theWalt Disney World Resort. (This updated attraction combines both the Special Effects Water Tank show and the Backstage Studio Tour.)

    July 4, 1996 - Town of Celebration officially opens near the Walt Disney World Resort in Osceola County.

    The grand opening of Downtown Celebration takes place on November 15, 1996 during Founders Day Weekend and continues through November 18, 1996.

    August 6, 1996 - The Rainforest Cafe opens in the DOWNTOWN DISNEY Marketplace at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    September 15, 1996 - "Ellen's Energy Adventure" officially opens in the Universe of Energy Pavilion in Future World at Epcotat the Walt Disney World Resort. (update and refurbishment of prior Universe of Energy show). Official dedication of "Ellen's Energy Adventure" scheduled for October 2, 1996

    September 26, 1996 - "Grand Prix Raceway" in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom Parkis renamed to "Tomorrowland Speedway." It is then renamed to "Tomorrowland Indy Speedway" on December 19, 1999.

    September 28, 1996 - The 1st annual International Food & Wine Festival begins and continues through October 27, 1996.

    October 1, 1996 - Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort begins and continues through January 31, 1998. The Walt Disney World 25th Anniversary press event, which takes place over several days, begins October 1, going beyond any previous resort event. Hundreds of media representatives, children's groups, dignitaries and celebrities helped celebrate this momentous occasion. Cinderella Castle is converted into Cinderella Castle Cake in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort. Rededication of the Magic Kingdom Parktakes place in front of the Cinderella Castle Cake at the Walt Disney World Resort, with speeches given by notables such as First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Roy E. Disney, and Michael Eisner.

    "Remember the Magic" parade, celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort, debuts at the Magic KingdomPark.

    25th Anniversary Welcome Center opens on Main Street, U.S.A., in the Magic Kingdom Parkat the Walt Disney World Resort. (see also ending of 25th Anniversary).

    October 3, 1996 - "IllumiNations 25," celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort, premieres to guests at Epcot. Unofficial opening of IllumiNations 25 takes place at Epcoton September 21, 1996, with a press event performance on October 2, 1996. World of Disney, the largest merchandise location of its kind at 50, 000 square feet, opens in DOWNTOWN DISNEY Marketplace at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    1997

    February 7, 1997 - The Richard Petty Driving Experience debuts at the Walt Disney WorldSpeedway.

    March 28, 1997 - Disney's Wide World of Sports complex opens at the Walt Disney World Resort with the inaugural spring training game of the Atlanta Braves baseball team playing the Cincinnati Reds. This 200-acre, nine-venue state-of-the-art complex is located between. U.S. 192 and Osceola Parkway in Osceola County, Florida. Disney's Wide World of Sports complex has its grand opening celebrations on May 1, 1997 at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    April 28,1997 - King Stefan's Banquet Hall Restaurant located in Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort changes its name to Cinderella's Royal Table.

    May 27, 1997 - A new version of "IllumiNations 25" debuts at Epcotat the Walt Disney World Resort, featuring a global collection of classical music.

    June 27, 1997 - The 14-minute Hercules "Zero to Hero" Victory Parade premieres at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. Last performance of the Hercules "Zero to Hero" Victory Parade takes place on April 18, 1998 at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    July 1, 1997 - ABC Sound Studio: One Saturday Morning opens in the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort and closes on February 21, 1999 to be replaced by SOUNDS DANGEROUS Starring Drew Carey on April 22, 1999. (formerly known as the Monster Sound Show which opened with the Disney-MGM Studios on May 1, 1989)

    August 1, 1997 - Disney's Coronado Springs Resort opens at the Walt Disney World Resort with 830 rooms. Current total number of rooms is 1,921

    Historical Note: An original total of 1,967 rooms became available at completion of all phases: 

    * 830 rooms - August 1, 1997 

    * 300 rooms - August 5, 1997 

    * 837 rooms - November 14, 1997

    September 1, 1997 - Enchanted Tiki Birds attraction located in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom Parkat the Walt Disney World Resort closes for refurbishment and renovation. Reopens as The Enchanted Tiki Room-Under New Management on April 5, 1998.

    September 15, 1997 - DOWNTOWN DISNEY West Side officially opens at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    October 13, 1997 - LEGO Imagination Center opens in DOWNTOWN DISNEY Marketplace at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    November 8, 1997 - Citricos Restaurant opens at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at the Walt Disney World Resort. (replaces Flagler's Restaurant which closed on July 7, 1997)

    1998

    January 31, 1998 - The Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort comes to a close. (see also 25th Anniversary)

    February 1, 1998 - "Remember the Magic" Parade is renamed "Disney's Magical Moments" Parade in the Magic Kingdom Parkat the Walt Disney World Resort.

    February 26, 1998 - The Official All Star Cafe opens at Disney's Wide World of Sports at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    April 5, 1998 - "The Enchanted Tiki Room-Under New Management" opens as an Adventureland attraction in the in the Magic Kingdom Parkat the Walt Disney World Resort. (Replaces The Enchanted Tiki Birds).

    April 6, 1998 - The new Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida building opens in the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. Dedication ceremony of the new Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida building takes place on April 22, 1998 at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    April 22, 1998 - DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOMTheme Park officially opens at the Walt Disney World Resort. The following opened with the park:

    * The Oasis

    -- March of the ARTimals* Safari Village (now called Discovery Island)

    -- Discovery River Boats (closed) 

    -- It's Tough to be a Bug!

    -- The Tree of Life

    * DinoLand, U.S.A.

    -- Countdown to Extinction (now called DINOSAUR)

    -- The Boneyard

    -- The Cretaceous Trail

    -- Journey Into Jungle Book (Officially closed on April 8, 1999, and was replaced by Tarzan Rocks! on July 9, 1999)

    * Camp Minnie-Mickey

    -- Festival of the Lion King at The Lion King Theater

    -- Colors of the Wind, Friends from the Animal Forest (name changed to Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends, November 1998)

    * Africa

    -- Conservation Station (now called Rafiki's Planet Watch)

    -- Gorilla Falls (now called Pangani Forest Exploration Trail)

    -- Kilimanjaro Safaris

    -- The Wildlife Express to Conservation Station

    -- Flights of Wonder (part of Africa and it is now part of Asia)

    DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOM Theme Park dedication ceremonies take place on April 21, 1998. The following attractions/lands have been added since the opening of DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOMTheme Park:* The land of Asia officially opened in March 1999 (grand opening celebration took place on March 18, 1999) with the Maharaja Jungle Trek and Kali River Rapids attractions opening in late March 1999.

    * Tarzan Rocks!, a new stage show in DinoLand U.S.A. (replacing Journey into Jungle Book which officially closed on April 8, 1999), officially opened on July 9, 1999. The last show is performed 1/21/006

    * Chester & Hester's Dino-Rama! (Primeval Fair) opens in DinoLand U.S.A. in November 2001 with the TriceraTop Spin attraction and midway games also opening in November 2001. The Primeval Whirl attraction opened in April 2002 with grand opening celebrations taking place on April 18, 2002.

    * "Mickey's Jammin' Jungle" parade opens on October 1, 2001 (unofficially opens to Guests on September 24, 2001), in honor of the "100 Years of Magic" Celebration at the Walt Disney World Resort to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Walt Disney.

    June 1, 1998 - Main Street Cinema reopens primarily as a merchandise location, including an area featuring film clips from Disney movies.

    June 19, 1998 - DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park officially opens to guests at DOWNTOWN DISNEY West Side at the Walt Disney World Resort. DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park unofficially opens to guests on May 22, 1998 at DOWNTOWN DISNEY West Side at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    Mulan Parade premieres at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. The final performance of the Mulan Parade takes place on March 11, 2001 at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    July 30, 1998 - Disney Cruise Line launches its first ship, "Disney Magic" (See also August 15, 1999).

    September 8, 1998 - Mr. Toad's Wild Ride closes permanently as a Fantasyland attraction in the Magic Kingdom Parkat the Walt Disney World Resort. It was replaced by "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" which opened on June 5, 1999.

    October 3, 1998 - The Epcot Discovery Center located in Innoventions East in Future World at Epcotat the Walt Disney World Resort officially closes at the end of operating hours.  (see also EPCOT Outreach and EPCOT Teacher's Center).

    October 7, 1998 - Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin opens as a Tomorrowland attraction in the Magic Kingdom Parkat the Walt Disney World Resort, with a grand opening scheduled for November 3, 1998. (formerly Take Flight which closed on January 5, 1998).

    October 10, 1998 - The Journey Into Imagination attraction and The Image Works officially closes in Future World at Epcotat the Walt Disney World Resort. (An enhanced Imagination! Pavilon opened on October 1, 1999 for the Millennium Celebration at Epcot).

    October 15, 1998 - Fantasmic! (a new night time spectacular show replacing "Sorcery in the Sky") officially premieres in the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    December 23, 1998 - Cirque du Soleil has its first performance of La Nouba at DOWNTOWN DISNEY West Side at the Walt Disney World Resort. Cirque du Soleil has its grand opening celebration and press event on January 28, 1999

    1999

    January 10, 1999 - Horizons officially closes in Future World at Epcotat the Walt Disney World Resort.

    January 15, 1999 - Disney's All-Star Movies Resort opens at the Walt Disney World Resort with 768 rooms.

    * Total = 1,920 rooms become available at completion of all phases:

    -- The Mighty Ducks - 384 rooms - January 15, 1999

    -- 101 Dalmatians - 384 rooms - January 15, 1999

    -- Fantasia - 384 rooms - March 1, 1999 

    -- The Love Bug - 384 rooms - March 1, 1999 

    -- Toy Story - 384 rooms - April 15, 1999 

    January 28, 1999 - Cirque du Soleil has its grand opening celebration and press event at DOWNTOWN DISNEY West Side at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    March 1, 1999 - The Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorTM: Fear Every Drop! (third show enhancement) debuts at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. (See also July 22, 1994)

    March 12, 1999 - Disney's Winter Summerland Miniature Golf (36-hole miniature golf course with two themed 18-hole courses) opens near the entrance to Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    March 15, 1999 - Disney's Doug Live! stage show opens at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. It closes on May 12, 2001.

    March 17, 1999 - Test Track has its official grand opening in Future World at Epcotat the Walt Disney World Resort.

    March 18, 1999 - Grand opening of Asia at DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOM Theme Park takes place at the Walt Disney World Resort. (See also April 22, 1998) Maharaja Jungle Trek attraction officially opened in late March of 1999.  Kali River Rapids attraction officially opened in late March of 1999.

    April 8, 1999 - Discovery Island was officially closed to Guests at the end of operating hours at the Walt Disney World Resort. (Admission to Discovery Island was no longer offered in package plans and no longer promoted in Walt Disney World collateral, although the Island continued to remain open unofficially to Cast and Guests. However, on July 9, 1999 Discovery Island finally closed permanently to Cast and Guests at the end of operating hours.) Treasure Island opens on April 8, 1974 at the Walt Disney World Resort.  Treasure Island changes its name to Discovery Island on January 1, 1978 at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    Journey Into Jungle Book closed. It was replaced by Tarzan Rocks! on July 9, 1999.

    April 22, 1999 - SOUNDS DANGEROUS Starring Drew Carey, opens in the ABC Sound Studio at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. (It replaced ABC Sound Studio: One Saturday Morning which closed on February 21, 1999).

    May 22, 1999 - "SpectroMagic" ends its run in the Magic Kingdom Parkat the Walt Disney World Resort.

    May 28, 1999 - The "Main Street Electrical Parade" begins its second run (updated version of the original DISNEYLANDparade) in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort, with a special showing for invited guests taking place on May 27, 1999.

    June 5, 1999 - The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh opens to guests as a Fantasyland attraction in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. It replaces Mr. Toad's Wild Ride which closed permanently on September 8, 1998.

    June 7, 1999 - The Bear in the Big Blue HouseTM-Live On Stage! debuts in Soundstage 5 (Restaurant) at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. The Bear in the Big Blue House-Live on Stage! closes on August 4, 2001 at the end of operating hours at the Disney-MGM Studios. "Playhouse Disney-Live On Stage!" opened on October 1, 2001 with the beginning of the "100 Years of Magic Celebration" which will be centered at the Disney-MGM Studios. This new stage show features Bear in the Big Blue House-Live on Stage!, as well as characters from "Rolie Polie Olie," "Stanley," and other Playhouse Disney favorites.

    July 2, 1999 - Fairy Tale Garden, a new show area where characters such as Belle (Beauty and the Beast) tell short fairy tale stories throughout the day, opens in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    July 9, 1999 - Tarzan Rocks!, a new stage show (replacing Journey into Jungle Book which officially closed on April 8, 1999), officially opens at the Theater in the Wild in DinoLand U.S.A. at DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOM Theme Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. (The final performance of Tarzan Rocks! takes place at the end of operating hours on January 21, 2006. The Theater in the Wild closes for refurbishment and will open with a new show in late 2006)

    July 30, 1999 - Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith officially opens to Guests at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. Grand opening celebrations and the dedication of Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, with the rock band Aerosmith in attendance, takes place on July 29, 1999 at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    August 15, 1999 - Disney Cruise Line launches its second ship, the "Disney Wonder," with its maiden voyage. On August 2, 1999, the Disney Wonder arrives at Port Canaveral, escorted by its sister ship the "Disney Magic," the first ship to be launched by the Disney Cruise Line on July 30, 1998.  On October 1, 1999, the christening of the "Disney Wonder" takes place at Port Canaveral.

    September 14, 1999 - All the theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort close early to prepare for Hurricane Floyd. Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot close at 2 p.m. Disney-MGM Studios, DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOM Theme Park, DOWNTOWN DISNEY, and all water parks and recreation areas close at 3 p.m.

    September 15, 1999 - For the first time in the history of the Walt Disney World Resort all theme parks, water parks, and recreation areas do not open due to anticipation of Hurricane Floyd's arrival. DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOM Theme Park opens at noon for resort Guests only and some locations in the DOWNTOWN DISNEY area open at 4 p.m., as Central Florida is spared the brunt of Hurricane Floyd. NOTE: On September 11, 2001, for only the second time in the history of the Walt Disney World Resort all theme parks, water parks, and recreation areas closed (approximately 11:00 a.m.) in response to the terrorist attacks that took place at the World Trade Center in New York City and at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. The Resort hotels remained open to accommodate the Guests. All parks opened according to regularly scheduled hours of operation the following day.

    October 1, 1999 - The Walt Disney World Millennium Celebration begins and is scheduled to continue for 15 months through January 1, 2001. The Walt Disney World Millennium Celebration press event takes place with the dedication of the Walt Disney World Millennium Spaceship Earth icon (Sorcerer's Apprentice hand and wand waving over the geosphere) on September 29, 1999 and the dedication of Millennium Village on September 30, 1999 at Epcot.  Millennium Village, a new pavilion which include exhibits from more than 35 countries, the United Nations, and The World Bank, opens in World Showcase at Epcot. 

    "IllumiNations 2000: Reflections of Earth" officially debuts above the World Showcase Lagoon at Epcot (Unofficial opening takes places on September 22, 1999). 

    "Tapestry of Nations," a parade of giant, colorful puppet-like figures and huge percussion units designed to resemble colossal timepieces, debuts in three locations around the World Showcase promenade at Epcot (Unofficial opening takes place on September 25, 1999). 

    Pin trading begins and, after proving to be a great success (far exceeding both Cast and Guest expectations), is adopted as a new tradition at the Walt Disney World Resort. 

    The christening of the Disney Wonder, the Disney Cruise Line's second ship, takes place at Port Canaveral. 

    Official opening of "Mouse Gear," a 25,000-square-foot retail shop replacing the "Centorium" in Future World at Epcot. It is also the largest "in-park" character merchandise location at any Disney theme park Worldwide to date.* Mouse Gear was unofficially open to Guests on September 20, 1999.An enhanced and updated Imagination! Pavilion opens (formerly called Journey Into Imagination) in Future World at Epcot. 

    Journey Into Your Imagination, a new ride-through attraction opens. 

    ImageWorks - The Kodak "What If?" Labs, a new interactive area, opens.A new and enhanced Innoventions attraction opens in Future World at Epcot.

    October 31, 1999 - Conservation Learning Center at the Disney Wilderness Preserve officially opens to the public.November 9, 1999The Skyway attraction (Skyway to Fantasyland and Skyway to Tomorrowland) located at the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort closes permanently at the end of operating hours. This attraction originally opened with the Magic Kingdom Park on October 1, 1971.

    December 19, 1999 - Tomorrowland Speedway at the Magic Kingdom Park is renamed to Tomorrowland Indy Speedway.

    2000

    January 3, 2000 - The Indiana JonesTM Epic Stunt Spectacular! at the Disney-MGM Studios closes for an extended refurbishment and reopened to the public on June 11, 2000. No new show elements were added.

    January 30, 2000 - A new smoking policy that designates specific smoking areas for theme park Guests is introduced at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    March 22, 2000 - DOWNTOWN DISNEY Marketplace celebrates its 25th Anniversary at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    November 15, 2000 - The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge welcomed its first Guests.

    2001

    January 1, 2001 - The Walt Disney WorldMillennium Celebration officially comes to a close at the Walt Disney World Resort. 

    "Tapestry of Nations" and "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth" (previously called "IllumiNations 2000: Reflections of Earth"), two of the major highlights of the Millennium Celebration, continue to be presented at Epcot ("Tapestry of Nations" closes on September 9, 2001 to be replaced by "Tapestry of Dreams" which officially opens on October 1, 2001 as part of the "100 Years of Magic" Celebration taking place at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    Pin Trading continues and is adopted as a new tradition at the Walt Disney World Resort. 

    Millennium Village officially closes at the end of operating hours. The space previously occupied by the Millennium Village will now serve as an additional location for special events and conventions.

    March 11, 2001 - The final performance of the Mulan Parade takes place at 3:35 p.m. at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    April 1, 2001 -Disney's Port Orleans Resort and Disney's Dixie Landings Resort officially merge to form a single resort called Disney's Port Orleans Resort at the Walt Disney World Resort. On March 1, 2001, the transformation of Disney's Dixie Landings Resort and Disney's Port Orleans Resort into one resort began with changes to road signage in and around the two resorts. The combined resort will be called Disney's Port Orleans Resort with the area, formerly known as Disney's Port Orleans Resort, changing its name to the French Quarter region, and the area, formerly known as Disney's Dixie Landings Resort, changing its name to the Riverside region.The "Main Street Electrical Parade" ends its second run at the end of operating hours at the Magic Kingdom Parkat the Walt Disney World Resort.* "SpectroMagic," which begins its second run at the Magic KingdomPark, replaces the "Main Street Electrical Parade" on April 2, 2001.

    April 2, 2001 - "SpectroMagic" begins its second run at the Magic Kingdom Parkat the Walt Disney World Resort.

    April 7, 2001 - Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - Play It! live attraction officially opens at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. Press Event and Ribbon Cutting with Regis Philbin is scheduled to take place on April 6, 2001(NOTE: Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - Play It! closes at the end of operating hours on August 19, 2006)

    April 16, 2001 - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge officially opens to guests at the Walt Disney World Resort with 754 rooms. A Total of 1293 rooms will become available at the completion of all phases:

    * Phase I: April 16, 2001 - 754 rooms (open to guests) 

    * Phase II: May 15, 2001 - 139 rooms (open to guests)

    * Phase III: July 15, 2001 - 400 rooms (open to guests)

    April 29, 2001 - The Timekeeper closes as a daily attraction to begin operation as a seasonal attraction in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom Parkat the Walt Disney World Resort. It officially closes as a seasonal attraction beginning February 26, 2006.

    Mike Fink Keelboats closes as a Liberty Square attraction at the Magic Kingdom Parkat the Walt Disney World Resort.

    May 12, 2001 - "Disney's Doug Live!" stage show closes at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    May 23, 2001 - The Magic Carpets of Aladdin opens as an Adventureland attraction in the Magic Kingdom Parkat the Walt Disney World Resort.

    August 4, 2001 - The Bear in the Big Blue HouseTM-Live on Stage! closes at the end of operating hours at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. (originally opened on June 7, 1999) It was replaced with "Playhouse Disney-Live On Stage!" which opened on October 1, 2001 with the beginning of the "100 Years of Magic Celebration" which will be centered at the Disney-MGM Studios. This new stage show will feature Bear in the Big Blue HouseTM-Live on Stage!, as well as characters from "Rolie Polie Olie," "Stanley," and other Playhouse Disney favorites.

    September 1, 2001 - Disney's River Country Water Park closes temporarily at the end of operating hours at the Walt Disney World Resort.  NOTE: On January 11, 2005, Disney's River Country Water Park closes permanently.

    September 9, 2001 - "Tapestry of Nations" officially closes at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort to be replaced by "Tapestry of Dreams" which officially opens on October 1, 2001 (Unofficial opening to Guests takes place on September 24, 2001) in honor of the 15-month long "100 Years of Magic" Celebration taking place at the Walt Disney World Resort to commemorate the100th Anniversary of the birth of Walt Disney. (See also October 1, 2001)

    September 11, 2001 - For only the second time in the history of the Walt Disney World Resort all theme parks, water parks, and recreation areas closed (approximately 11:00 a.m). in response to the terrorist attacks that took place at the World Trade Center in New York City and at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. The Resort hotels remained open to accommodate the Guests. All parks opened according to regularly scheduled hours of operation the following day.-- On September 15, 1999, for the first time in the history of the Walt Disney World Resort, all theme parks, water parks, and recreation areas remained closed due to anticipation of Hurricane Floyd's arrival. DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOM Theme Park opens at noon for resort Guests only and some locations in the DOWNTOWN DISNEY area open at 4 p.m., as Central Florida is spared the brunt of Hurricane Floyd.

    October 1, 2001 - The Walt Disney World Resort begins the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the birth of its visionary founder, Walt Disney (born on December 5, 1901). The focus of the 17-month-long "100 Years of Magic" Celebration at the Walt Disney World Resort is centered at the Disney-MGM Studios. The following parades and attractions also opened in honor of the celebration:

    * 122-foot-tall Sorcerer Mickey Hat Icon, which serves as the centerpiece of the celebration, is located on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Great Movie Ride at the Disney-MGM Studios.* "Playhouse Disney-Live On Stage!" opens at the Disney-MGM Studios. This new stage show features Bear in the Big Blue House -Live on Stage!, as well as characters from "Rolie Polie Olie," "Stanley," and other Playhouse Disney favorites.

    * "Walt Disney: One Man's Dream" which takes Guests on a journey through the life of Walt Disney opens at the Disney-MGM Studios.

    * "Disney Stars and Motor Cars" parade opens at the Disney-MGM Studios (Unofficially opens to Guests on September 24, 2001)

    * The "Share a Dream Come True" parade opens at the Magic Kingdom Park (Unofficially opens to Guests on September 21, 2001)

    * "Tapestry of Dreams" opens at Epcot (Unofficially opens to Guests on September 24, 2001. "Tapestry of Nations"closed on September 9, 2001.)

    * "Mickey's Jammin' Jungle" Parade opens at DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOMTheme Park (Unofficially opens to Guests on September 24, 2001)

    * "Cinderella's Surprise Celebration," a new Castle Forecourt Stage show opens at the Magic Kingdom Park (Unofficially opens to Guests on September 29, 2001)

    President George W. Bush Audio-Animatronicsfigure officially premiers at The Hall of Presidents attraction in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom Parkat the Walt Disney World Resort.

    November, 2001 - Chester & Hester's Dino-Rama! (Primeval Fair) opens in DinoLand U.S.A at DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOMTheme Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. TriceraTop Spin attraction and midway games also open in November 2001.  The Primeval Whirl attraction opened in April 2002 with grand opening celebrations taking place on April 18, 2002. 

    2002

    February 24, 2002 - "Legend of the Lion King" closes in the Fantasyland Theater in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom Parkat the Walt Disney World Resort. Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and other popular Disney characters will appear in three-dimensional animation in "Mickey's PhilharMagic," a new 3-D film attraction scheduled to debut in Fall, 2003.

    April 18, 2002 - Primeval Whirl attraction has its grand opening celebration in Chester & Hester's Dino-Rama! in DinoLand U.S.A at DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOMTheme Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. (See also November, 2001)

    June 1, 2002 - Journey into Imagination with Figment opens in the Imagination! Pavilion at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort.* Historical Note: Journey into Imagination with Figment is a new version of the attraction that was previously called Journey into Your Imagination which opened on October 1, 1999 in time for the Epcot Millennium Celebration and closed on October 8, 2001. The new attraction features the return of Figment, the popular purple dragon, who was also featured in Journey into Imagination, the original attraction which opened on March 5, 1983 in Future World at Epcot. The original Journey into Imagination attraction closed on October 10, 1998.

    July 1, 2002 - Disney's Beach Club Villas, a Disney Vacation Club property, open adjacent to Disney's Beach Club Resort at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    July 19, 2002 - Once Upon a Toy, a new merchandise location, opens at DOWNTOWN DISNEY Marketplace at the Walt Disney World Resort. Grand opening celebration for Once Upon a Toy takes place on August 1, 2002. Disney's Pin Traders, a new merchandise shop featuring collectable pins from all of the theme parks and resorts, opens at DOWNTOWN DISNEY Marketplace at the Walt Disney World Resort. Grand opening celebration for Disney's Pin Traders takes place on August 4, 2002.

    September 28, 2002 - "Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame -- A Musical Adventure" stage show closes at the end of operation at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World  Resort. (Originally opens on June 21, 1996)

    December 31, 2002 - The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror , located on Sunset Boulevard at the Disney-MGM Studios, officially debuts a new drop sequence.  This is the fourth show enhancement since the attraction opened on July 22, 1994.  This entirely new drop sequence places the computers in control of the ride experience for the first time, making each ride sequence unique and random. (See also July 22, 1994)

    2003

    February 1, 2003 - The "Diamond Horseshoe Saloon Revue," a live stage show located at the Diamond Horseshoe in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom Park, closes at the end of operation at the Walt Disney World  Resort. ("Goofy's Country Dancin' Jamboree," a new country music dance party, debuts on July 1, 2003.)

    March 1, 2003 - The "100 Years of Magic" Celebration comes to a close at the Walt Disney World  Resort.  The 17-month-long Celebration began on October 1, 2001. The final performances of "Tapestry of Dreams," coinciding with the end of the "100 Years of Magic" Celebration at the Walt Disney World  Resort, take place at Epcot. (The "Share a Dream Come True" Parade at the Magic Kingdom Park, "Disney's Stars and Motor Cars" Parade at Disney-MGM Studios, and "Mickey's Jammin' Jungle" Parade at DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM Theme Park, which were also introduced during the "100 Years of Magic" Celebration, continue as part of  the entertainment offerings.)

    March 26, 2003 - "The Wonders of China," the Circle-Vision 360 film presentation, retires at the China pavilion in World Showcase at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort, where it has played since the park opened on October 1, 1982. The film is replaced by an updated film called "Reflections of China," which debuted on May 22, 2003.

    April 11, 2003 - A new sculpture, replacing the "100 Years of Magic" Celebration logo under the Sorcerer Mickey Icon, debuts at  the Disney-MGM Studios.  This permanent sculpture features gold ribbons decorated with silver stars and is located adjacent to a merchandise venue under the Sorcerer Mickey Hat Icon.

    July 1, 2003 - "Goofy's Country Dancin' Jamboree," a new country music dance party, opens at the Diamond Horseshoe in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.  It replaces the "Diamond Horseshoe Saloon Revue," which closed on February 1, 2003.("Goofy's Country Dancin' Jamboree" retires on September 4, 2004 with its last performance at the Diamond Horseshoe in Liberty Square.

    August 15, 2003 - Mission: SPACE pavilion opens in Future World at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort.Grand opening and dedication festivities take place at Epcot on October 9, 2003, during the press event celebration at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    September 30, 2003 - Mickey's PhilharMagic, a new 3-D film attraction, opens in the Fantasyland Theater in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.  It replaces "Legend of the Lion King" which closes in the Fantasyland Theater on February 24, 2002. Grand opening and dedication festivities take place at the Magic Kingdom Park on October 8, 2003, during the press event celebration at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    October 9, 2003 - Wishes fireworks show officially debuts at the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. It replaces "Fantasy in the Sky" which officially closes at the end of operating hours on October 11, 2003. A special showing for the press event celebration takes place on October 8, 2003.

    October 11, 2003 - ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter closes as a Tomorrowland attraction at the end of operating hours in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.  It is to be replaced by Stitch's Great Escape!, a new attraction inspired by Disney's animated feature film, Lilo and Stitch. Stitch's Great Escape! is scheduled to open as a Tomorrowland attraction in Fall 2004."Fantasy in the Sky" fireworks show officially closes at the end of operating hours in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.  It originally opened in 1971.

    December 14, 2003 - Disney's Pop Century Resort officially opens to Guests at the Walt Disney World Resort with 2,880 rooms.

    2004

    January 3, 2004 - Food Rocks officially retires as a Land Pavilion attraction at the end of operating hours in Future World at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort. It will be replaced by Soarin' attraction, to open at the Land Pavilion in 2005.

    January 4, 2004 - Wonders of Life pavilion officially closes as a daily operation at the end of operating hours in Future World at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort. Wonders of Life will operate on a seasonal basis beginning Monday, January 5, 2004.Body Wars, Cranium Command, and the Making of Me attractions will be available during periods of anticipated peak attendance.The quick service dining and merchandise locations in the pavilion will cease operations.

    May 1, 2004 - "it's a small World" temporarily closes for a major refurbishment in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom Park. Scheduled enhancements include a digitally-enhanced soundtrack, refurbished costumes for the Audio-Animatronics figures, and a new, three-dimensional queue façade resembling the original attraction entrance at Disneyland Park in California. The attraction will re-open on March 18, 2005.

    May 17, 2004 - Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa officially opens to Guests at the Walt Disney World Resort with 184 Vacation Home units (280 Guest rooms). Grand opening celebrations and press event take place on May 27, 2004.

    September 1, 2004 - The American Heritage Gallery opens in the American Adventure pavilion in World Showcase at Epcot with an inaugural exhibition called "Echoes of Africa," featuring important pieces from the Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection.September 4, 2004"Goofy's Country Dancin' Jamboree" retires with its last performance at the Diamond Horseshoe in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    October 1, 2004 - "Jim Henson's Muppet*Vision 3D" film attraction changes its name to Muppet*Vision 3D.

    November 16, 2004 - Stitch's Great Escape! officially opens, with grand opening celebrations and press event, in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    2005

    January 2, 2005 - The Land pavilion at Epcot closes for an extensive refurbishment, to include the Sunshine Seasons Food Court area, as well as the addition of Soarin', a new attraction that replaces Food Rocks. The Land Pavilion reopens on May 1, 2005 to coincide with the beginning of the "Happiest Celebration On Earth" on May 5, 2005.

    January 11, 2005 - Disney's River Country Water Park closes permanently at the Walt Disney World Resort. NOTE: The Water Park had been temporarily closed since September 1, 2001.

    February 25, 2005 - "Cinderella's Surprise Celebration" is placed on hiatus at the end of operating hours to make way for the new "Cinderellabration" show scheduled to officially debut on May 5, 2005, coinciding with the opening festivities of the "Happiest Celebration on Earth," an 18-month long global celebration to commemorate 50 years of magic at Disney Destinations around the World.

    March 13, 2005 - Crush 'n' Gusher, a water coaster ride, opens at Typhoon Lagoon at the Walt Disney World Resort. Grand opening festivities with celebrity emcee, Kirsten Storms (Days of Lives), takes place on March 15, 2005.

    March 18, 2005 - "it's a small World" reopened at the Magic Kingdom Park after being temporarily closed since May 1, 2004 for an extensive refurbishment. Enhancements included a digitally-enhanced soundtrack, refurbished costumes for the Audio-Animatronics figures, and a new, three-dimensional queue façade resembling the original attraction entrance at Disneyland Park in California.

    May 1, 2005 - The Land Pavilion reopens to Guests after an extensive refurbishment, to include the Sunshine Seasons Food Court, as well as the addition of Soarin', a new attraction that opens to coincide with the beginning of the "Happiest Celebration On Earth" on May 5, 2005.

    May 5, 2005 - The Walt Disney World Resort begins the 18-month long "Happiest Celebration on Earth," a global salute to commemorate 50 years of magic at Disney theme parks Worldwide. The following shows and attractions also have their official grand openings in honor of the celebration:* Cinderellabration" located at the Magic Kingdom Park at the Castle Forecourt Stage: A live musical stage show in which Cinderella is crowned a princess during a dazzling coronation pageant attended by Disney's most beloved princesses. (Unofficially opens to Guests on March 17, 2005)* Lights, Motor, Action! Extreme Stunt Show located at the Disney-MGM Studios, Streets of America: A high-octane, live stunt show featuring specially designed cars, motorcycles and jet skis, with spectacular special effects. (Unofficially opens to Guests on March 14, 2005) Soarin' located at the Land Pavilion in Future World at Epcot: Guests receive a bird's-eye view of the rich landscape and topography of California through a thrilling simulated hang-gliding (elevated theater seats) journey over the Golden State. (Unofficially opens to Guests on May 1, 2005 with the opening of the newly refurbished Land Pavilion).

    October 24, 2005 - As a result of Hurricane Wilma, all theme parks located at the Walt Disney World Resort remain closed during the morning hours of Monday, October 24. The storm passes through the area by noontime and the Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot and DOWNTOWN DISNEY open at 1:00 p.m. to entertain Guests. DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOM Theme Park, the Disney-MGM Studios, the water parks, and golf courses remain closed for the rest of the day. Normal operations resume at the Walt Disney World Resort on October 25, 2005.

    December 9, 2005 - Journey into Narnia: Creating The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, a walking tour attraction, featuring the sets from the film, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe," opens in Soundstage 4 on Mickey Avenue at the Disney-MGM Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    2006

    January 21, 2006 - The final performance of Tarzan Rocks! takes place at the end of operating hours at the Theater in the Wild in DinoLand U.S.A at DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOM Theme Park. The Theater in the Wild closes for refurbishment and will open with a new show in late 2006.

    February 2, 2006 - Expedition Everest unofficially opens to Guests in the land of Asia at DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOM Theme Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. (Cast Member previews take place from January 20, 2006 through January 22, 2006).NOTE: This high-speed, high-altitude train adventure is scheduled to officially open on April 7, 2006.

    February 26, 2006 - The Timekeeper officially closes as a seasonal attraction in Tommorowland at the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. This attraction originally opened on November 21, 1994 and closed on April 29, 2001 as a daily attraction. It continued to operate seasonally through February 25, 2006. Walt Disney Imagineering is currently developing a new attraction for this location.

    March 1, 2006 - The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction closes for a four-month refurbishment period in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. The refurbished version of the attraction, which will include the installation of new special effects, an enhanced storyline, and characters (Captain Jack Sparrow and his nemesis Barbossa) from the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise, will open on July 7, 2006, coinciding with the opening of the new film adventure, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, to be released in theaters on the same day.

    April 7, 2006 - Expedition Everest, a high-speed, high-altitude train adventure, officially opens in the land of Asia at DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOM Theme Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. The grand opening celebration was accompanied by a Press Event attended by visiting celebrities and Bob Iger, President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company.

    September 16, 2006 - The final performance of "Cinderellabration" takes place at the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage in the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. The live musical stage show which portrayed the coronation of Cinderella will be replaced by a new stage show that is scheduled to debut on October 1, 2006.

    October 1, 2006 - "The Year of a Million Dreams" Celebration (October 1, 2006 - December 31, 2007) begins at the Walt Disney World Resort (also begins at DISNEYLAND Park in California), coinciding with the launch of the new global initiative "Where Dreams Come True" taking place at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide. "The Year of a Million Dreams" will also feature the opening of the following attractions, shows, and offerings:* "The Seas with Nemo & Friends" (late 2006): Attraction featuring the stars of the Disney-Pixar film "Finding Nemo," swimming amid the marine life of the 5.7-million-gallon aquarium located in The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion at Epcot 

    * "Finding Nemo-The Musical" (late 2006): Live musical stage show located at DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOM Theme Park 

    * "Dream Along With Mickey" (October 2006): Live musical stage show with Mickey Mouse and the gang performed on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage in the Magic Kingdom Park

    * "Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor Comedy Club" (early 2007): Interactive in-theater attraction inspired by Disney-Pixar's film "Monsters, Inc. "located in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom Park

    * Cinderella Castle Suite: An enchanted overnight stay inside Cinderella Castle suite will be awarded Guests chosen at random as part of "The Year of a Million Dreams."

    2007

    January 2, 2007 - El Rio del Tiempo ("River of Time"), a journey by boat through the Mexico of yesterday and today, retires, at the end of operating hours, as a Mexico Pavilion attraction in World Showcase at Epcot. It is replaced by Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros which opens on April 6, 2007.

    April 2, 2007 - Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor officially opens in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. This interactive in-theater attraction is located in the area formerly occupied by The Timekeeper.

    April 6, 2007 - Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros officially opens at the Mexico Pavilion in World Showcase at Epcot, replacing El Rio Del Tiempo. This updated attraction features a new film with Donald Duck, José Carioca, and Panchito from the Disney full-length animated film "The Three Caballeros" released in the U.S. on February 3, 1945. (The World premiere release of the film took place in Mexico City on December 21, 1944.)

    June 1, 2007  - All Disney-owned and –operated resorts at the Walt Disney World Resort, including the Disney Vacation Clubs, become smoke-free.

    June 6, 2007 - The Haunted Mansion, located in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom Park, closes through September 12, 2007 for a major enhancement, to include the addition of new show elements to several of the attraction scenes.

    July 2, 2007 - Villas at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (Jambo House) opens as a Disney Vacation Club Resort with 216 rooms.

    July 9, 2007 - Spaceship Earth, located in Future World at Epcot closes for major enhancements, as well as for removal of the Mickey gloved hand and wand icon that was added to its exterior as part of the "Millennium Celebration" and subsequent "100 years of Magic" celebration that took place at the Walt Disney World Resort in 2000 and 2001.* The restoration of the Spaceship Earth exterior to its original classic look is scheduled to be completed by mid-September 2007.* The enhanced Spaceship Earth attraction is scheduled to re-open in mid-February 2008 with a new narration and a new musical score, along with the addition of three new show scenes that focus on the evolution of computers. * During refurbishment of the attraction and pavilion, which is sponsored by Siemens, the updated Spaceship Earth post show, "Project Tomorrow: Inventing the World of Tomorrow," remains open.

    September 28, 2007 - National Treasures, a collection of real-life Americana, to include the microscope of George Washington Carver and a stovepipe hat belonging to Abraham Lincoln, debuts at The American Heritage Gallery in the American Adventure pavilion in World Showcase at Epcot. This new exhibition, with an estimated duration of 3 years, replaces the inaugural exhibition entitled: "Echoes of Africa," from the Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection.

    October 5, 2007 - A new and updated version of the "O Canada!" Circle-Vision 360 film officially opens at the Canada pavilion in World Showcase at Epcot. The new film is narrated by Martin Short with background song performed by Eva Avila, the 2006 Canadian television show "Idol" winner. A grand opening ceremony also takes place featuring Canadian music, the Royal Mounted Police, and the CEO of Canada's Tourism Council.

    2008

    January 7, 2008 - Disney-MGM Studios officially changes its name to Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. (Meg Crofton, President of the Walt Disney World Resort, makes the name change announcement on August 9, 2007)

    February 2008 - An updated version of Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage! opens at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The new show features characters from the Disney Channel television programs, such as Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Handy Manny, and Little Einsteins.

    February 18, 2008 - Spaceship Earth reopens in Future World at Epcot with major enhancements that combine the classic attraction time-travel adventure with a new interactive conclusion. Transformations encompass dramatic lighting effects, vibrant new costumes, detailed set decoration, enhanced staging, new narration, and a new musical score. Several new show scenes that focus on the evolution of computers are also added.

    March 9, 2008 - "Disney Stars and Motor Cars" parade has its final performance at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    "Block Party Bash" opens at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort, replacing Disney Stars and Motor Cars parade. This interactive parade features more than 20 of the most popular Disney-Pixar characters including Woody, Buzz, Mike and Sulley.

    May 31, 2008 - Toy Story Mania!, a 3-D interactive adventure inspired by the Disney/Pixar "Toy Story" films, officially opens at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    June 27, 2008 - Journey Into Narnia: Prince Caspian, a walking tour attraction based on the film, opens in Soundstage 4 on Mickey Avenue at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. It replaces Journey into Narnia: Creating The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe walking tour attraction, which was based on the first film, "Journey Into Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe."

    September 25, 2008 - A new art exhibit, "Moroccan Style: The Art of Personal Adornment," opens at the Morocco pavilion in World Showcase at Epcot. It replaces "Traditional Arts of Morocco" which closed on July 14, 2008.

    September 27, 2008 - Pleasure Island has its last night of operation as a night-time entertainment complex. The following clubs are scheduled to close: BET Soundstage, Comedy Warehouse, The Adventurer's Club, Motion, and Mannequin's. A number of the stores and restaurants will continue to operate, including Curl (Sammy Duvall), Fuego (Sosa Cigars), Orlando Harley-Davidson, and Ragland Road Irish Pub.

    "Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends" stage show has its final performance in Camp Minnie Mickey at DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOM Theme Park. NOTE:Originally opened on April 22, 1998 as Colors of the Wind, Friends from the Animal Forest (renamed Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends, November 1998).

    November 1, 2008 - The Hall of Presidents closes for refurbishment in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom Park to refresh the overall show, apply some fresh treatments to the building façade and roof, enhance wheelchair accessibility and install the attraction's 44th animatronic, President Barack Obama. The attraction is scheduled to reopen in July 2009.

    December 7, 2008 - Sounds Dangerous Starring Drew Carey closes as a daily attraction to begin operation as a seasonal attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    2009

    January 14, 2009 - Disney's Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure officially opens at Epcot. The interactive scavenger hunt closes at the end of operating hours on May 18, 2012.

    January 23, 2009 - "Celebrate A Dream Come True" parade debuts at the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. The updated parade replaces the "Disney Dreams Come True" parade and adds a cast of high-energy "Party Goers," new costumes, banners, and kabuki streamers, as well as a new "Celebrate You" song. "Disney Dreams Come True" parade originally debuted as "Share a Dream Come True" parade on October 1, 2001 in honor of the 17-month-long "100 Years of Magic" Celebration at the Walt Disney World Resort, to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Walt Disney.

    February 14, 2009 - The American Idol Experience officially opens at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. This interactive entertainment experience, where Guests perform "live" in front of a Disney's Hollywood Studios producer, replaces the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - Play It! live attraction.

    April 10, 2009 - The Characters in Flight tethered helium balloon attraction from Aerophile, which lifts Guests 300 feet in the air, officially opens at DOWNTOWN DISNEY West Side.  Cast previews are held for Characters in Flight attraction on April 9, 2009.

    May 6, 2009 - Stitch's SuperSonic Celebration, a new stage show, opens in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    July 04, 2009 - "Diana -The People's Princess," an exhibit of royal artifacts showcasing the life and story of Princess Diana, opens at DOWNTOWN DISNEY West Side in the space formerly occupied by Virgin Megastore. The exhibit closes at the end of operating hours on November 30, 2009.

    August 04, 2009 - Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort, the seventh Disney Vacation Club resort, has its grand opening at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    November 22, 2009 - Space Mountain reopens in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom Park after a refurbishment with all new storyline elements, enhanced lighting and "darkening" effects, updated décor, interactive queue elements and a ride photo system to capture Guest memories on film. 

    2010

    February 25, 2010 - The Disney's Wide World of Sports complex located at the Walt Disney World Resort is officially renamed to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The re-branded sports complex contains the following venues: ESPN Innovation Lab, ESPN Wide World of Sport Grill, Champion Custom Tee Center and the PlayStation Pavilion, all of which officially open on this date.

    June 1, 2010 - Cinderella's Golden Carrousel located in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort officially changes its name to Prince Charming Regal Carrousel.

    June 23, 2010 - Disney unveils Golden Oak, a one-of-a-kind luxury residential resort community offering families the unprecedented opportunity to purchase a home at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

    July 2, 2010 - Captain EO, the 3-D musical motion picture space fantasy, starring Michael Jackson, returns to the Imagination! pavilion in Future World at Epcot for a limited engagement. Honey I Shrunk the Audience remains temporarily closed during this time.

    September 8, 2010 - Star Tours attraction located at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort has its last day of operation before closing for refurbishment. An all new 3D Star Wars film is scheduled to open in 2011.

    October 14, 2010 - Duffy the Disney Bear officially debuts at the Walt Disney World Resort with a grand welcoming ceremony at Epcot.

    2011

    January 26, 2011 - Disney Cruise Line launches its third ship, the "Disney Dream," which sets sail on her maiden voyage from Port Canaveral, Florida.

    February 11, 2011 - Mickey's Toontown Fair closes at the end of operating hours at the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort, to make way for an expansion that will nearly double the size of Fantasyland. Fantasyland construction will be completed in phases with most new attractions opening by 2013.

    March 4, 2011 - Disney Junior Live on Stage! opens at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. The new show updates the Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage! show, which closed on January 2, 2011, and features characters from several shows on the new Disney Junior channel, including Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Handy Manny and Little Einsteins.

    April 29, 2011 - The Lego Imagination Center reopens after an extensive renovation project that increased its overall footprint by nearly 3,500 square feet and added new Lego exterior models of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Maleficent battling Prince Phillip from Disney's Sleeping Beauty, and Woody and Buzz from Disney-Pixar's Toy Story.

    May 20, 2011 - "Star Tours - The Adventures Continue," a new Star Tours attraction, officially opens at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort to coincide with start of the 2011 Star Wars weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios . Grand opening celebration takes place, with media and Star Wars film characters in attendance. George Lucas and The Walt Disney Company CEO, Robert Iger, also make an appearance. Additional media event takes place on the evening of May 19, 2011.

    August 15, 2011 - The Enchanted Tiki Room -- Under New Management attraction reopens to Guests with a reworked show and the following new name: Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room. The attraction had been under refurbishment since January 2011.

    August 29, 2011 - Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai'i opens on the island of Oahu. In addition, Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas, Ko Olina, Hawai'i also opens on Oahu.

    December 6, 2011 - Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts kicks off construction of its luxury resort at the Walt Disney World Resort in a groundbreaking ceremony with joint venture partners Silverstein Properties and Dune Real Estate. The 444-room resort is scheduled to open in 2014.

    2012

    March 12, 2012 - The first attractions of the New Fantasyland debut at the Magic Kingdom Park, with the unofficial (soft) opening of a section of Storybook Circus. Among the first experiences to open are The Barnstormer (replaces The Barnstormer at Goofy's Wiseacre Farm), one carousel of Dumbo the Flying Elephant (in its new location) and the Fantasyland Station of the Walt Disney World Railroad. This marks the first in a series of progressive openings for the largest expansion in the history of the Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    March 31, 2012 - Disney Cruise Line launches its fourth ship, the "Disney Fantasy," which is scheduled to set sail on its maiden voyage.

    May 31, 2012 - {noembedvideo}Disney's Art of Animation Resort officially opens its first phase at the Walt Disney World Resort, with the "Finding Nemo" theme. The remaining three themes for the resort will open in phases, with Cars on June 18, "The Lion King" on August 10, and "The Little Mermaid" on September 15. The resort will consist primarily of family suites and will immerse Guests in the magical Worlds of classic Disney and Disney-Pixar animated films. 

    Snow White's Scary Adventures closes permanently at the end of operating hours as a Fantasyland attraction at the Magic Kingdom Park. The attraction originally opened as Snow White's Adventure on October 1, 1971, with the opening of the Magic Kingdom Park and the Walt Disney World Resort. The attraction was refurbished and reopened as Snow White's Scary Adventures on December 17, 1994

    June 15, 2012 - Casey Jr. Splash 'n' Soak Station water play area unofficially (soft) opens to Guests in the Storybook Circus area of New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom Park.

    June 20, 2012 - The second carousel of Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction unofficially (soft) opens to Guests in the Storybook Circus section of New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom Park, doubling the size and capacity of the attraction for a total of 32 elephants. On June 22, 2012, a new Big Top circus-themed interactive queue area unofficially (soft) opens to Guests.