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    Today, 14th June....

    1895: Cliff Edwards, the voices of Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio and Jim Crow in Dumbo, is born in Hannibal, Missouri. He will be named a Disney Legend in 2000. (When Edwards dies in 1971, nearly broke and alone, Walt Disney Productions, remembering his many contributions to their films, will pay for his funeral.)

    1996: Epcot's Universe of Energy (closed since January 21) reopens with newly repainted dinosaurs and flat screens for the pre-show

    2001: Lightning strikes a wire box controlling power to a monorail at Walt Disney World in Florida, forcing the train to shut down temporarily. The monorail, which is filled with scores of tourists, is towed back to its
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    Today, 15th June....

    1978: Millard Jones, 86, of Lakeland, Florida makes his 500th visit to Walt Disney World!

    1991: The Studio Pizzeria restaurant opens at the Disney-MGM Studios.

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    Today, 16th June.....

    1961: Walt Disney purchases the film rights to the Winnie-the-Pooh stories from Mrs. Daphne Milne, wife of the late author A.A. Milne. (The first film, Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, will appear in 1966 as a twenty-six minute short.)

    1999: A DisneyQuest opens in Chicago, Illinois. (Due to poor profits it will close in September 2001.)

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    Today, 17th June....

    1930: William Banks Levy becomes Disney's representative in England. He is authorized to license Mickey and Minnie Mouse character merchandising.

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    Today, 18th June....

    1988: Mickey's Birthdayland opens in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Located between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland (past the Tomorrowland Speedway), guests can also arrive via the Walt Disney World Railroad.

    1995: The first wedding performed at Walt Disney World's Wedding Pavilion, a Victorian-style structure located next to the Grand Floridian Resort, previews on the Lifetime cable network show, Weddings of a Lifetime.

    1996: The Haber family become the first to move into Disney's newest Florida community, Celebration.

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    Today, 19th June....

    1957: Disney's animated The Story of Anyburg, U.S.A. is released along with the live-action adventure film Johnny Tremain. The film, about a young silversmith's apprentice who is drawn into the American Revolutionary War, stars Hal Stalmaster and Luana Patten, and features a cameo by Walt's daughter Sharon.

    1995: A bronze statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse, called the Partners Statue, is installed at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney Word. It is identical to the statue created by Blaine Gibson first installed at Disneyland in November 1993.

    1998: In Florida, DisneyQuest opens in the West End area of Downtown Disney. Packed with 4 floors of high-tech, interactive virtual adventures, it is the first in a national chain of interactive entertainment centers.

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    Today, 20th June....

    1938: Walt Disney and his wife Lillian arrive in Manhattan, New York by train on this Monday morning. They are on their way to New Haven, Connecticut and Cambridge, Massachusetts where Walt will receive honorary degrees from the universities of Yale (on June 22) and Harvard (on June 23).

    1976: Walt Disney World's River Country (a water park adjacent to Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground) opens. It is Disney's first attempt at a themed water park. U.S. President Gerald Ford's daughter Susan helps with the official opening.

    1995: The Walt Disney Company announces plans for a fourth theme park in Florida, called Disney's Wild Animal Kingdom. The park is expected to cost $760 million to create.

    1995: The Walt Disney World attraction ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter officially begins operation in Tomorrowland (replacing Flight to the Moon).

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    Today, 21st June....

    1989: Comedian Harvey Korman greets Walt Disney World's 300 millionth guest Matt Gleason at the gates of Disney-MGM Studios!

    2000: DisneyQuest unveils two new attractions at the Indoor Interactive Theme Park at Disney World: "Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Buccaneer Gold" (which allows guests to fulfill their fantasy of becoming a pirate and interacting in a pirate world) and "Songmaker" (which allows guests to become a record producer and create their own song).

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    Today, 22nd June....

    1917: Walt Disney's older brother Roy O. Disney enlists in the U.S. Navy along with his friend Mitch Francis. Roy will first be assigned to the Great Lakes Naval Training Station outside of Chicago, and eventually be transferred to Charleston, South Carolina - where he will be responsible for transporting material between New York and France. (Roy wil later marry Mitch's sister Edna!)

    2006:The first of two special on-line Disney auction charity events (to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation) begin. Packages to bid on include a private boat ride with a Walt Disney Imagineer on Pirates of the Caribbean in Disneyland and two tickets to the July 6, 2006 sold out Pirates of the Caribbean: A Moonlit Voyage event. (The second auction begins July 6.)

    2007:Epcot's newly-updated American Adventure debuts. It now includes moments from 9-11-2001, current military operations, and other
    recent events.

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    Today, 23rd June....

    2004: A set of four 37-cent postage stamps, 23-cent postal cards and printed stationary that comes with 37 cents of postage featuring Disney characters are issued by the United States Postal Service. (They will go on sale nationwide the following day.)

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