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December 12

December 12, 2003 – The Quick-Service Restaurant Nautilus Galley Opens in Tokyo DisneySea

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On December 12, 2003, the quick-service restaurant Nautilus Galley opened in Tokyo DisneySea’s Mysterious Island area. Built across from Captain Nemo’s submarine, this restaurant keeps in the theme of the area and offers snacks and drinks for guests to enjoy. Menu items include an assorted snack bowl, gyoza dogs, and assorted drinks. The menu also includes specialty items for the park’s events, such as items for Christmas and Halloween.

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December 11

December 11, 1966 – The Walt Disney Anthology Episode “Joker, the Amiable Ocelot Premieres

“For the kitten, though, this tangle of trouble was just the beginning. He was on his own now, heading for big adventure, and he hadn’t even left the den yet.”

On December 11, 1966, the episode of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, entitled “Joker, the Amiable Ocelot,” premiered on NBC. It stars Winston Hibler as the narrator, and featured Robert Becker as Jim Benton, a tow truck driver who finds an ocelot in the back of a car left abandoned in the desert. Jim is a loner and a drifter who never learned how to handle the limp with which he was born. A whole family of ocelots was in the car, but evacuated when Jim found the car, save for one kitten who got stuck. Jim took the abandoned car to his remote shop, and the ocelot kitten hops out of the car and starts looking for his mother. He manages to find Jim’s cat Duchess and takes to her quickly. Jim has several unusual pets, and is kind and caring to all of them, nursing several of them back to health. When Jim realized that one of Duchess’ kittens was not like the others, he nicknamed the ocelot Joker and took care of it. Joker gets the attention of a nurse named Nancy Conroy that stopped by for gasoline (played by Jan McNabb), and she starts a conversation with Jim, trying to be friendly. Jim bonds with Joker, and the two become best friends, but after a while, he realizes that Joker needs to return to the wild. While they have a sad parting, a happy ending is found for both, as Joker finds a mate, and Jim gets close to Nancy.

December 10

December 10, 2016 – The Star Wars Film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Premieres

“The force is strong with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” according to early reactions from the film’s premiere Saturday night in Los Angeles.” – The Daily News

On December 10, 2016, the first standalone film in the Star Wars franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, had its red carpet premiere at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California. The film’s premiere took place six days before its wide release across the United States. Cast and crew form the film were on hand for the premiere, along with celebrity fans of the Star Wars franchise such as writer/director Kevin Smith, actor Terry Crews, and C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels.

December 9

December 9, 2002 – Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular Opens in the Hyperion Theater

“Ah, the Cave of Wonders. The setting of one of our most famous legends. The tale of the magic lamp.”

On December 9, 2002, the live-action musical show Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular opened in the Hyperion Theater in Disney California Adventure. Following the popular performance piece The Power of BLAST!, the show was a Broadway-style production of the popular animated feature film Aladdin. While the show opened in December, it had its official debut on January 17, 2003. The story follows the animated film fairly closely, with a new song written for the show by composer Alan Menken: “To Be Free.” The show closed on January 10, 2016.

December 8

December 8, 2011 – Disney Vacation Club Announces Disney’s Grand Floridan Villas

“We continually look for ways to expand Disney Vacation Club by creating resort experiences that our members will love.” – Senior Vice President and General Manager of Disney Vacation Club, Claire Bilby

On December 8, 2011, the Walt Disney Company released an official press release confirming the rumor of the addition to Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The addition of around 147 villas to Walt Disney World’s flagship hotel was part of the Disney Vacation Club’s continued growth, and was estimated to open in late 2013. This was the 12th addition to the lineup of Disney Vacation Club properties.

December 7

December 7, 1986 – The Disney Channel Starts Broadcasting 24 Hours

“You’re watching Disney Channel.”

On December 7, 1986, the Disney Channel changed its broadcasting hours to a full 24 hours. The channel began broadcasting on April 18, 1983, with an 18-hour programming block, featuring a mix of original programming and outside produced shows and movies. Listed as a premium cable channel, it reached over 35 million subscribers within its first ten years of its run, becoming one of the fastest-growing pay cable channels. The Disney Channel has grown in recent years from the one main channel to a series of 24-hour programming channels.

December 6

December 6, 2012 – The After Market Shop Opens in Epcot

“After your wild ride, slow down and rubberneck tons of Test Track merchandise: toy cars, pit crew caps, pins and more.”

On December 6, 2012, the After Market Shop opened in Epcot, in the exit area of the Test Track attraction. The new name for the gift shop in the Inside Track exhibit area, the area sells Chevrolet-themed items, such as attire and model cars. The store was part of the refurbishment that was done on the Test Track attraction, and has since been renamed the Test Track SIMporium.