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Monthly Archives: March 2018

March 21

March 21, 1956 – Men Against the Arctic Wins Academy Award

On March 21, 1956, the 28th Academy Awards were held at the RKO Pantages Theater in Hollywood, California. At this ceremony, Disney’s People and Places documentary featurette won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject, winning against MGM’s The Battle of Gettysburg and The Face of Lincoln. This was the second People and Places featurette to win an Academy Award.


March 20

March 20, 2015 – The Smokejumpers Grill Opens in Disney California Adventure

“Before your hunger blazes out of control, combat your fiery appetite with favorites like chili cheeseburgers, smokin’ onion rings and more.”

On March 20, 2015, the Smokejumpers Grill quick-service restaurant opened in the Grizzly Creek Airfield area of Disney California Adventure. Replacing the Taste Pilots’ Grill, the restaurant fits in with the theme of the airfield by basing it off of the men and women who fight the California wildfires. The menu features “classic” dishes, including a bacon cheeseburger, Campfire Chili Cheeseburger, and chili cheese fries made with bison and black beans.

March 19

March 19, 2009 – Tren-D Opens in Walt Disney World

“Transform into a Disney fashionista!”

On March 19, 2009, the clothing store Tren-D opened in Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney marketplace. The shop specializes in clothing and accessories with a Disney flair for women, including jewelry by Alex & Ani, Harveys for Disney Couture purses, and clothes by Her Universe. The store originally replaced the Summer Sands store, and was added to the Disney Springs expansion.

March 18

March 18, 1968 – The Partners Federal Credit Union Starts in Disneyland

“Imagine what we can do together.”

On March 18, 1968, the Partners Federal Credit Union started in Disneyland. The Walt Disney Company has a long history with creating credit unions for its employees, with the first one, the Walt Disney Employees Federal Credit Union, opening in 1945. This Disneyland federal credit union has run under several different names, including Disneyland Recreation Club (DRC) Federal Credit Union, as well as Disneyland Employees Federal Credit Union. Partners was officially founded through a merger of Disney’s other credit union, the Vista Federal Credit Union.

March 17

March 17, 1991 – The World News Center Opens in Epcot

On March 17, 1991, the World News Center opened in the Communicore East area of Walt Disney World’s Epcot park. The area, originally part of a preshow for the Electronic Forum (a special polling area where guests could voice their opinion on current affairs), it was a place where guests could watch the top news stories on a multitude of television monitors. The area was spun off from the Electronic Forum when it closed on March 16, 1991.

March 16

March 16, 2002 – The Attraction Armageddon: les Effets Spéciaux Opens in Disneyland Paris

“Rocket over to the Backlot for an explosive special effects experience in a spacecraft’s control room.”

On March 16, 2002, the backlot attraction Armageddon: les Effets Spéciaux opened in the Walt Disney Studios Park of Disneyland Paris. Guests learn about the history and current techniques of special effects through an interaction with the crew of the Armageddon as the space station is caught in a meteor shower. As the story moves, guests will find themselves in a room where things explode and collapse.

March 15

March 15, 1991 – The Rescue Rangers Raceway Opens in Disneyland

On March 15, 1991, the Rescue Rangers Raceway opened in Disneyland. As part of a promotion for the Disney Afternoon programming block, the attraction Fantasyland Autopia was redesigned to feature the characters from the hit show Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers in the form of cutouts and, sometimes, characters to meet-and-greet near the show if crowds were low. The attraction returned to its original Autopia form on November 10, 1991.