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Monthly Archives: January 2018

January 15

January 15, 1999 – The World Premiere Food Court Opens in Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort

“Get the red-carpet treatment at this cinema-themed food court with 5 stations!”

On January 15, 1999, the World Premiere Food Court quick service station opened in Walt Disney World’s All-Star Movies Resort. Designed like a movie theater concessions stand, this quick service station provides guests with five separate stations for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night dining; dishes provided include pizza, burgers, and ice cream.

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January 14

January 14, 1990 – The Person of the Century Event Kicks Off in Epcot

On January 14, 1990, a new experience called Person of the Century began running in Epcot’s CommuniCore West area. The idea was to give guests a chance to vote on who they believe was the most influential person of the century from a list of 89 nominees; some of these nominees include Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa, and of course, Walt Disney. The voting was supposed to last until January 1, 2000, but the voting was pulled from Epcot a little over a year after the machines were put in place. Rumor has it that the machines were pulled due to cast members tampering with the voting and making one of their own of the main nominees.

January 13

January 13, 1990 – The Official Dedication of the Attraction Star Tours is Held at Disney-MGM Studios Park

On January 13, 1990, though the attraction had been open since December 15, 1989, an official dedication ceremony was held for the Star Tours attraction in Disney-MGM Studios Park. This was the second version of the attraction to open in a Disney park (with Disneyland receiving the first version on January 9, 1987), but this was the first version to receive a Hollywood treatment, complete with the recreation of the Ewok Village from Return of the Jedi for the queueing area, along with a 35-foot Imperial All-Terrain Armored Transport Walker. On hand for the ceremony were Star Wars creator George Lucas, film actors Mark Hammil and Carrie Fisher, and then-CEO Michael Eisner.

January 12

January 12, 2016 – The Network Freeform Begins Broadcast

“Freeform is the inspired by the interconnection between content and audience, media and technology, interactive and linear, life stage and life style and the way Becomers interact with them all.”

On January 12, 2016, the reincarnation of ABC Family, now named Freeform, began broadcasting. This marked a change for the network as it tried to move away from the family audience to a target audience of ages 14 through 34. Programming includes series such as Grown-ish, Alone Together, and The Bold Type.

January 11

January 11, 2017 – The Iron Man Experience Opens in Hong Kong Disneyland

“One of the world’s greatest super heroes is among us.”

On January 11, 2017, the Marvel-themed attraction Iron Man Experience opened in Hong Kong Disneyland. The first Marvel-themed attraction to open in a Disney park, the experience gave guests the opportunity to explore the inventions of Tony Stark, along with a chance to meet Iron Man himself and play in the interactive game Become Iron Man. The area is split into four sections: Stark Expo, Take Flight with Iron Man Above Hong Kong, Heroic Encounter with Iron Man, and Become Iron Man at The Stark Expo. Guests are also able to shop for special Iron Man themed merchandise, as well as eat and drink Iron Man themed food and beverages, such as an Iron Man Waffle.

January 10

January 10, 2014 – Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie Opens in Epcot

“Sample delectable treats and tempting delicacies at this traditional French bakery – from soups and salads to fresh baguette sandwiches and pastries.”

On January 10, 2014, the new Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie opened in Ecpot’s France Pavilion. Previously known as Boulangerie Patisserie, the quick service restaurant serves a variety of French delicacies, ranging from sandwiches, to quiche, to pastries. The original pastry shop had needed an overhaul, as the French pastries had such a good reputation that there wasn’t enough room to accommodate all the guests.

January 9

January 9, 2013 – George Kalogridis is Announced as New Walt Disney World President

“Walt Disney World has a new president: George Kalogridis will take over the top job at the Florida resort on Feb. 1.”

On January 9, 2013, The Walt Disney Company announced that George Kalogridis would take over as the new president of Walt Disney World, starting February 1. Kalogridis had been running the Disneyland Resort previously, and was brought in to oversee the construction of the Avatar-themed land in the Animal Kingdom park, along with the upgrade of the MyMagic+ digital management service.