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May 1, 1989 – The Quick-Service Shop Dinosaur Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction Opens

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“Dinosaur Gertie’s…was built as a tribute to ‘Gertie the Dinosaur,’ one of the first well-known animated cartoon stars.”

On May 1, 1989, the quick-service ice-cream shop Dinosaur Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction opened in Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios. The shop sells several well-known Disney park favorites, including a Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar and a Waffle Cone. The shop was built as a tribute to Windsor McCay’s “Gertie the Trained Dinosaur,” one of the first popular characters in the history of animated film. Walt considered McCay and his creation to be pioneers in the field of the animated film. There are also dinosaur footprints in the concrete leading to the shop, attesting to the attention to detail each Imagineer brings to a project.

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