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    Today, 25th May....

    1986: Today is the last day EPCOT guests will hear the original narration of the Spaceship Earth attraction. It will be replaced with a new narration by legendary newsman Walter Cronkite.

    1990: "Here Come the Muppets," a live action and puppet stage show based on the Muppets, opens at the Disney-MGM Studios park in Florida. (It
    will be replaced by the Voyage of the Little Mermaid in 1992.)

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    Today, 26th May....

    1986: EPCOT's Spaceship Earth reopens with a new narration by legendary newsman Walter Cronkite, a new finale song titled "Tomorrow's Child," and a new sponsor - AT&T. It is the attraction's second version.

    1990: Mickey's Starland opens in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. (Originally known as Mickey's Birthdayland in 1988, it will later be renamed Mickey's Toontown Fair.)

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    Today, 27th May....

    1984: Roy E. Disney's son, Roy P. Disney marries Linda Ross.

    1985: U.S. President Ronald Reagan and his wife visit Epcot for the President's Second Inaugural Parade. (The original parade in January had been cancelled due to bad weather in Washington, D.C.) Some 2,500 bandsmen from sixteen states participate and the event makes television news and newspaper headlines around the world.

    1995: The Coca-Cola Refreshment Corner, located on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom (at Disney World), is renamed Casey's Corner.

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    Today, 28th May....

    1941:Disney animator Eric Larson arrives at work to discover his wing of the Disney Studio empty! Some 300-plus employees are outside on a picket line participating in a labor strike against the studio. The strikers are mostly assistant animators, inkers, and painters who want union
    representation, higher wages, and job security. None of the animators who are Walt's Nine Old Men - which include Larson - join the strikers. (The strike will last till mid-September.)

    1988:Gulf Coast Room (one of the select Walt Disney World restaurants that required jackets for men) closes in the Contemporary Resort Hotel.

    1993: Groundbreaking begins for the Tower of Terror attraction at Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park in Florida.

    1994: Disney's Wilderness Lodge (located at 901 Timberline Drive)
    opens at Walt Disney World. The 728-room lakeside deluxe resort (inspired by the beautiful early American National Parks) features an 80-foot tall fireplace in its lobby.

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    Today, 29th May....

    1903: Legendary comedian-actor and entertainer Bob Hope is born in England. Hope's connection to Disney began in 1939 when he presented the Short Subject Award and personally gave Walt the Oscar for Ferdinand the Bull. In 1965, Hope appeared on the television special Jack Benny Visits Walt Disney, and in 1971 took part in NBC-TV's Grand Opening of Walt Disney World. Hope later was a guest on NBC Salutes the 25th Anniversary of WDW. In 1999 he participated in the very first Disneyland official Christmas lighting ceremony. Bwana Bob's a small, freestanding store in Walt Disney World's Adventureland (originally called the Adventureland Kiosk) is actually a tribute to Bob Hope!

    "This is the biggest vacation-entertainment complex in the world. And to think it all started with a gentle mouse, a bad-tempered duck and seven mixed-up dwarfs. It's a fantastic achievement. They took a swamp and turned it into a Magic Kingdom. It wasn't easy. Have you ever tried to relocate 8,000 angry alligators?" -Bob Hope

    1928: A gag meeting for the second Mickey Mouse short is held at Walt Disney's house. Walt tells Wilfred Jackson and other members of his staff the idea of producing a sound cartoon.

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    Today, 30th May....

    1967: Site preparation begins in Florida on the Walt Disney World project, requiring swamp drainage, clearing of land, and removal of trees.
    (It will take 1,584 days and $400 million to Opening Day.)

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    Today, 31st May....

    1991: Disney Press publishes "Walt Disney's 101 Dalmatians: A Counting Book."

    1993: Senior executive and Disney Legend Donn Tatum passes away in Los Angeles, California. Walt Disney first recruited Tatum in 1956, as production business manager. He later served on the Company's Board of Directors and as vice president and administrative assistant to Roy O. Disney. As the first president of Walt Disney World Co., Tatum helped build Walt Disney World and develop EPCOT Center.

    2009: wDisneySecrets.com celebrates it's first birthday.

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    Today, 1st June....

    1933: The first Mickey Mouse watch is sold by Ingersoll-Waterbury, a Connecticut clock maker on the verge of bankruptcy. The sale of the watches will save the company!

    1933: Eric Larson - from Cleveland, Utah - is hired by the Disney Studios at fifteen dollars per week. He will go on to become one of Walt's "Nine Old Men".

    1935: The Ingersoll-Waterbury Company reports that it has produced 2.5 million Mickey Mouse watches during its 2-year association with Disney.

    1981: At Disney World, the EPCOT Preview Center, located in the Magic Kingdom, debuts the film A Dream Called EPCOT. (EPCOT will open in October 1982.)

    1982: Disney World's monorail line is extended from the Ticket and Transportation Center to the yet-to-be-open EPCOT Center.

    1989: Walt Disney World's Typhoon Lagoon - featuring one of the world's largest wave pools in the U.S. - opens. The centerpiece of the park is Miss Tilly, a shrimp boat impaled upon a mountain named Mount Mayday that erupts a 50-foot geyser of water every half hour! The park's mascot is named Lagoona Gator.

    1993: The Splashdown Photos shop opens at the Splash Mountain exit at Disney World's Magic Kingdom

    1994: Mickey Mania Parade debuts at Walt Disney World

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    Today, 2nd June....

    2008: Space shuttle Discovery docks at the International Space Station on this day, delivering a mammoth lab and two new occupants: a NASA astronaut and Buzz Lightyear. A 12-inch action figure of Buzz will move in for a half-year as part of NASA’s toys-in-space educational program.

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    Today, 3rd June....

    1984: The Bistro de Paris restaurant in the France Pavilion at Epcot's World Showcase opens.

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