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General>> 600-Millionth Guest:
On June 24, 1998

General>> Security:
Uniformed police started patrolling Walt Disney World for the first time in April of 1998. They may be seen in all areas except the four major parks, where Disney will continue to rely exclusively on their own private security personnel.

Magic Kingdom>> Tomorrowland>> Take Flight:
This attraction closed in early January 1998 for extensive refurbishment. It is expected to reopen late 1998 with a Buzz Lightyear theme.

Magic Kingdom>> Frontierland>> Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café:
This Frontierland fast-food eatery reopened in the spring of 1998 following a complete remodeling. Now air conditioned, over 75% of the seating is indoors. Six themed dining areas include Pecos Bill memorabilia mounted on the walls.

Magic Kingdom>> Main Street U.S.A.:
The Main Street Cinema along Main Street U.S.A. is converted into a retail store.

Magic Kingdom>> Cinderella's Castle:
In the fall of 1998 Cinderella Castle's lighting system was upgraded to illuminate it in any of 16 million colors. This capability is used during the Fantasy is the Sky and as the park closes each night.

Magic Kingdom>> Tomorrowland>> Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin:
Housed in the space formerly occupied by Take Flight, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin opened October 7, 1998. This is the first interactive dark ride at the Magic Kingdom. The formerly sedate ride vehicles have been replaced with rotating XP-37 Space Cruisers armed with laser cannons you can use to help Buzz defeat the evil Zurg.

Magic Kingdom>> Fantasyland>> Mr. Toad's Wild Ride:
The venerable Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, dating from the park's opening in 1971, closed for the last time on September 8, 1998. It will be replaced by a Winnie-the-Pooh adventure.

Magic Kingdom>> Adventureland>> The Enchanted Tiki Room:
This attraction reopened in late March 1998 after being closed for seven months. Extensively refurbished and updated, the show blends the original cast of characters with the newer Disney birds Iago, from "Aladdin," and Zazu, from "The Lion King." The new show features several new choreographed musical numbers in addition to some of the original music. New special effects have been added, including Uh Oa, the tiki goddess of disaster, who rises up from the center of the room in a blast of green vapor to thwart Iago's plan to completely revise the show.

Magic Kingdom>> Tomorrowland>> Take Flight:
This attraction closed in early January 1998 for extensive refurbishment. It is expected to reopen late 1998 with a Buzz Lightyear theme.

EPCOT>> Future World>> Ice Station Cool:
Ice Station Cool, located next to the Fountainview Café in Epcot East/West, opened in the spring of 1998. Perfect on a hot day, you walk into a frigid arctic environment where you can sample tastes of exotic soda flavors from around the world.

EPCOT>> Future World>> Epcot East/West:
The Future World section of Epcot was renamed Epcot East/West in April of 1998.

Studios>> Hollywood Boulevard>> Superstar TV:
This audience participation attraction closed in the fall of 1998, to be replaced by the new attraction Doug Live in February 1999.

Studios>> Sunset Boulevard>> Fantasmic:
The attraction Fantasmic, based on the attraction of the same name at Disneyland, opened in October 1998 in back of the Tower of Terror. This 25-minute nighttime show, which is 50 percent different than the show at Disneyland, tells Disney's classic stories using costumed characters, lasers, pyrotechnics, floating stages, boats, and movies projected onto water curtains.

Studios>> Animation Courtyard>> Animation Tour:
The newly expanded Disney Orlando Animation Studio opened on May 25, 1998. The new "Magic of Disney Animation" tour includes an expanded viewing area where you are able to meet Disney animation artists and see the ongoing work on a future animated release.

Animal Kingdom:
The fourth and newest of Walt Disney World's major theme parks, Disney World's Animal Kingdom, opened April 22, 1998. Park hours are 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM. Two of the three major "lands" (Africa & DinoLand U.S.A.) opened on this date, with Asia opening in early 1999.

Recreation>> Downtown Disney West End>> DisneyQuest:
DisneyQuest is the first in a national chain of interactive entertainment centers, Disney style. It opened in the West End area of Downtown Disney on June 19, 1998. Packed with four floors of high-tech, interactive virtual adventures, this isn't your momma's video game arcade! You can paddle a raft down a virtual river, design a roller coaster and then ride it in a 360 degree simulator, and much more. And when you get hungry, visit the Cheesecake Factory counters located on both the third and fourth levels. The original ticketing system of buying cards with points which you used up on each adventure was replaced on November 11, 1998 with an all day unlimited ticket.

Recreation>> Pleasure Island>>  BET Soundstage Club:
The BET Soundstage Club, offering rhythm, blues, jazz, soul, and hip-hop consistent with the programming of the BET Cable Network, opened June 10, 1998 at the site of the former Neon Armadillo Country & Western Club. The amenities include an expanded dance floor, an outdoor terrace, and a Caribbean-style finger food menu.

Recreation>> Pleasure Island>> Wildhorse Saloon:
Country & Western moves from the recently closed Neon Armadillo to the Wildhorse Saloon, which opened on May 30, 1998 on the former site of the Fireworks Factory restaurant. This is a combined entertainment and food service establishment, featuring live performances by rising country artists and a menu that includes house-smoked barbecue ribs and chicken, steaks, entree salads, and home-baked desserts. Wildhorse Saloon is managed by Levy Restaurants, which owns and operates the adjacent Portobello Yacht Club and Fulton's restaurants.

Recreation>> Water Sports>> Water Mice:
The venerable water sprites, which have plied the waters of the Seven Seas Lagoon, Bay Lake, Lake Buena Vista, and other waterways for years, were replaced in the Spring of 1998 with a newer model called the Water Mouse. The new model can tool along at 20 mph.

Recreation>> Typhoon Lagoon:
Staring in March 1998 Lagoona Gator, Typhoon Lagoon's new mascot, began hosting surfing clinics that are held before the park's regular opening time.

Recreation>> Wide World of Sports>> All Star Cafe:
The All Star Cafe opened at Disney's Wide World of Sports on February 26, 1998.

Recreation>> Downtown Disney Marketplace>> Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop:
The Downtown Disney Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop opened January 1998.

Recreation: Downtown Disney Marketplace>> McDonald's Restaurant:
The Downtown Disney Marketplace McDonald's Restaurant opened early January 1998.

Resorts: Polynesian Resort>> Kona Cafe:
Opened on November 23 in place of the Coral Isle Cafe.

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