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    1938: Walt Disney's Snow White wrap party - also known as Walt's Field Day - is held at the Norconian Hotel in Norco, California

    1990: The Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel (a Starwood-operated hotel) opens at 1800 Epcot Resorts Blvd. between the Disney MGM Studios & the Epcot resort area. Designed by Michael Graves, the hotel features two 56-foot tall dolphins

    1999: Walt Disney World's newest attraction The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh opens in the Magic Kingdom
     
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    1972:
    Walt Disney World's If You Had Wings attraction, sponsored by Eastern Airlines (the official airline of Walt Disney World) opens. It is located in Tomorrowland across from the Mission to Mars attraction. The ride takes guests on a journey through some of Eastern's tourist destinations, such as Mexico City, New Orleans and the Bahamas. If You Had Wings will entertain millions of visitors for the next 15 years

    1995:Walt Disney World formally announces its newest project ... Animal Kingdom. Construction will begin in August
     
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    1985: Disney World's Bearly Asleep shop opens in Frontierland

    2002: After a complete mechanical and exterior restoration, the Roy O. Disney steam locomotive is rededicated in a ceremony at the Main Street USA Train Station at Walt Disney World. His son, Roy E. Disney, who is vice chairman of The Walt Disney Company, participates in the ceremony along with Michael Campbell and Darrell Holmquist, members of the Board of Governors of the Carolwood Pacific Historical Society. (Named in honor of the co-founder of The Walt Disney Company, the engine represents the only object in any Disney theme park to carry Roy O. Disney's name.)
     
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    1999: Bear in the Big Blue House - Live on Stage opens at Disney-MGM Studios in Florida

    2006: Disney World announces that the Cinderella Castle apartment will be completely decorated and upholstered as a 'royal bedchamber', which can sleep up to four people. It will become available as a once-in-a-lifetime experience during the Year of a Million Dreams celebration taking place at all eleven Disney theme parks. An overnight stay in the apartment will be a prize randomly awarded to a guest at the Magic Kingdom, or any park at the Walt Disney World Resort.
     
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    1902: In Chicago, Elias and Flora Disney baptize their son Walter at the St. Paul Congregational Church. The Disneys are loyal members of the congregation - Flora plays the organ and Elias, a carpenter by trade, has helped build the church.

    1917: Walt Disney graduates from Benton Grammar School in Kansas City, Missouri. (The Disneys moved to Kansas City after their Marceline farm failed.) Walt graduates this day from seventh grade, and surprises his parents by delivering a patriotic speech to his fellow graduates. (Walt will enroll in Chicago's McKinley High School in the fall of 1917. But he will attend high school for only a year before volunteering as a Red Cross ambulance driver and being sent to France.)

    2003: Disney-MGM Studios' Great Movie Ride reopens after a lengthy refurbishment.
     
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    1934: Donald Duck makes his very first film appearance in The Wise Little Hen, a Silly Symphony short by Walt Disney. Donald's appearance in this cartoon, as created by animator Dick Lundy, is similar to his modern
    look except his features are more elongated, his body plumper, and his feet bigger. Directed by Bert Gillet, the short features the voice of Clarence Nash as Donald Duck.

    1984: Laserphonic Fantasy, a show at Disney's EPCOT, begins. (The show is essentially a less sophisticated version of Illuminations, without the spotlighting of individual countries.)

    2002: Starting on this day, a credit card is required to secure priority seating for Walt Disney World's very popular Cinderella's Royal Table Once Upon a Time character breakfast.

    2006: A brush fire flares up near Walt Disney World, causing parts of U.S. 192 to be closed.
     
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    1994: Thelma Howard, the Disney's live-in housekeeper and cook for 30 years (beginning in 1951 at the age of 38), passes away just shy of her 80th birthday. Nicknamed "Foo-Foo," Walt often referred to her as "the real-life Mary Poppins." As a housekeeper for the Disney family, she received a few shares of Disney stock as a Christmas gift as well as for birthdays and special events. She lived frugally throughout her life, apparently not knowing the rising value of the stock ... actually made her a multi-millionaire at the time of her death!

    2000:
    To mark the return of The Indiana Jones Spectacular to Disney-MGM Studios after a six-month hiatus for refurbishments, Disney invites 500 Floridians, mostly from the Orlando area, with the last name "Jones" to be in the audience for the grand reopening show!

    2008: Severe weather in Central Florida, including a radar-indicated tornado, force Disney World officials to temporarily close several rides at some theme parks.
     
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    2005: The National Kidney Foundation of Florida hosts the Gift of Life
    5K Race for Organ & Tissue Donation Awareness at Epcot. The race is designed to raise financial donations as well as awareness for organ donations.
     
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    1616: The real Pocahontas (along with her husband John Rolfe & son Thomas) arrive in London, England. Englishman Sir Thomas Dale has voyaged from the New World (along with Pocahontas & other Algonquian Indians) to seek further financial support for the Virginia Company. The arrival of Pocahontas in London has been well publicized, and she is presented to King James I, the royal family, and the rest of the best of London society.

    2006:
    Although Tropical Storm Alberto (the first of the season) strikes Florida, Walt Disney World in Central Florida receives only rain.

    2006: Kris Draper, center for the Detroit Red Wings, and his family spend the day at Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
     
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    2002: President Bush assembles corporate America heavyweights (including Disney Chairman Michael Eisner) at the White House to encourage businesses that foster volunteerism among their workers. Eisner tells Bush: "We're all committed to showing what corporate America can do to lead and show by example that not only it is good business, it's good for the community, it's fun, it's rewarding and it is unbelievably helpful to the country."

    2005: Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida welcomes
    its one-millionth athlete Desirre Wilkerson, a 13-year-old girls' volleyball player from the Kentucky Indiana Volleyball Academy.
     
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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