Miniature Disneyland Resort Timeline

Interested in the history of the Miniature Disneyland Resort? Check this out! It's always changing! 

July 3, 2009:

Miniature Disneyland Park opens to the public.

May 25, 2011:

Miniature Disneyland becomes a resort with the upcoming Disney's California Adventure Park 

June 20, 2011:

Miniature Disneyland premieres online for the first time.

July 12, 2011:

New Fantasyland Project is announced. The expansion/makeover consists of three phases:


  •  Redo of the Fantasyland Courtyard (Fall 2011)
  • New Fantasyland Forest Area (January 2012)
  • Storybook Circus (Spring 2012)
Rivers of America to go under lengthy refurbishment


July 16, 2011:

Disney's California Adventure Park opens with announcements for new shows and attractions for the resort


  •  World of Color (DCA)
  • Fantasmic! (previously mentioned but still going to happen [Disneyland])
  • The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure
  • Star Tours
  • Phase II of California Adventure release (canceled)


July 25, 2011:  

Disneyland Park is going to be going through a major makeover and expansion that will bring in new attractions, shows, and more to enhance your experience while at Miniature Disneyland Park

August 29, 2011:

Disney's California Adventure Park is going to go through a makeover. This makeover will go back to original plans that were announced before the park opened. 

EPCOT Park is announced to open sometime in 2013. More details to be released later

September 9, 2011:

Re-release of the Fantasyland Courtyard (Phase I of Fantasyland Expansion)

Reimagined Tomorrowland opens featuring new attractions  


October 29, 2011:

The Miniature Disneyland Resort is moved to a higher table 


November 1, 2011:

Opening Day attraction Rocket to the Moon is removed from Tomorrowland 


November 11, 2011:

The Carousel of Progress replaces the Rocket to the Moon attraction. The Carousel of Progress is the first new "Interactive" Model. Guests turn the building around to see the mural that is on the building. The mural is of past Tomorrowland attractions from Miniature Disneyland Park. This includes Autopia, the Submarine Voyage, the Monorail, the Rocket to the Moon, and the first version of Space Mountain. A smaller Moonliner stands tall on the Carousel Theater, paying homage to the Rocket to the Moon attraction. 


November 22, 2011:

Tomorrowland is fully complete with shops, new attractions, and a new layout. The complete expansion/makeover that started off with the completion of Phase I (9/9/11) is complete. The Rocket Rods now race throughout Tomorrowland, you can dine at Redd Rockett's Pizza Port, see Tomorrowland from it's early days to now on the Carousel of Progress, and more!


January 1, 2012

SOUNDsational New Year begins! Featuring a new area in the resort: The Attraction District with giant interactive models of Star Tours and Ariel's Undersea Adventure. Mickey's Soundsation Parade makes its debut at Disneyland Park and The Main Street Electrical Parade returns to light up the night.


January 20, 2012 

The Fantasyland Forest, Phase II of the Fantasyland Project, opens to the public featuring the listed attractions:

Cottage Stories with Belle

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Gaston's Pub

The Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Adventure


February 2, 2012

The Matterhorn Bobsleds closes for an extensive refurbishment. New interiors and rockwork are going to be done. Reopens June 3, 2012


February 25, 2012

The Country Bear Jamboree opens at Disneyland Park in the Frontierland area. The attraction is just a facade for now, but will be transformed into an interactive model on a later date.  


March 21, 2012

SOUNDsational New Year comes to an end.


April 4, 2012

Tomorrowland  closes for an extensive renovation. 


April 20, 2012

Disney's California Adventure Park becomes known as Disney California Adventure 


June 3, 2012

Storybook Summer begins with the premiere of several new things


  • Storybook Circus
  • The Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • New Orleans Square
  • Critter Country
  • Buena Vista Street
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • The Games of the District
June 14, 2012
Disney California Adventure now divided into seven lands, rather than four district-areas
  • Buena Vista Street (Areas: Buena Vista Plaza and Carthay Circle)
  • Hollywoodland (Areas: Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood Studios, Sunset Boulevard)
  • Paradise Pier (Areas: Paradise Park and The Boardwalk Midway)
  • Golden State (Areas: Grizzly Recreation Area and Condor Flats)
  • Buena Vista Street
  • Hollywoodland
  • Paradise Pier
  • Grizzly Peak
  • Condor Flats
  • Pacific Bay 
  • Cars Land (COMING SOON!)


July 16, 2013

The Miniature Disneyland Resort re-opens to the public.


August 16, 2013

First ever MDR 55 Convention, announces new shows and entertainment coming to the Miniature Disneyland Resort.


December 8, 2013

Fantasmic! opens at Miniature Disneyland Park.

World of Color opens at Miniature Disney California Adventure. 


May 25, 2014

Cars Land opens at Disney California Adventure

EPCOT opens to the public


June 3, 2014

Miniature Disneyland Park 5th Anniversary Celebration. 


August 31, 2014

Miniature Disneyland Resort closes to the public.



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