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December 3

December 3, 2013 – it’s a Small World: the animated series Premieres on Disney.com


On December 3, 2013, the animated series it’s a Small World: the animated series premiered on Disney.com. The series is derived from the attraction of the same name in the Disney theme parks, and included original songs by composer and Disney Legend Richard Sherman. The art style for the series was inspired by the original concept art and attraction design by artist Mary Blair. The series ran for eight episodes.

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December 2

December 2, 1988 – The First Company D Store Opens in Disneyland

On December 2, 1988, the first cast member store, known as Company D, opened in Disneyland. The store offers deals on Disney merchandise to those with a Disney company badge; they also provide special merchandise created just for cast members, including pins, t-shirts, and watches. Two other Company D stores were opened in Walt Disney World: in the Team Disney Building on June 4, 1991; and in Epcot on April 1, 1992.

December 1

December 1, 1955 – The Maxwell House Coffee House Opens in Disneyland

“Famous Disneyland serves Maxwell House coffee exclusively”

On December 1, 1955, the Maxwell House Coffee House opened in Disneyland’s Town Square. Sponsored by Maxwell House coffee, the restaurant served a variety of beverages and pastries, and was in a prime location where guests could drink coffee and watch other guests meander through Main Street. Maxwell House ended their sponsorship on October 8, 1957. Once the sponsorship ended, however, the coffee house stayed open and was given new sponsorship from the Hills Brothers coffee company.

November 30

November 30, 2004 – Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade Kicks Off in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“It’s a jingle jungle joy with all the holiday fun!

On November 30, 2004, the special holiday parade Mickey’s Jingle Jungle kicked off its first performance in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The parade is a variation of the normally performing Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade, with Christmas decorations added to the floats, along with holiday music mixed in with the original music. The parade has since been used every year, and lasts through the holiday season.

November 29

November 29, 2005 – The Live-Action Feature Sky High is Released on DVD

“…he’ll also learn that it takes loyalty and teamwork to truly become a hero!”

On November 29, 2005, the DVD of the live-action feature film Sky High was released through Walt Disney Home Entertainment. It was one of the first Disney films to be released on DVD without a corresponding VHS release, as VHS was being phased out at the time.

November 28

November 28, 1991 – The Live Stage Show The Enchanted Book Shoppe Premieres in Disneyland

On November 28, 1991, the live stage show The Enchanted Book Shoppe premiered in Disneyland’s Plaza Gardens. The show told the story of Beauty and the Beast, though it was a small production. It closed on April 26, 1992, as an upgraded version of the shoe had started performing at Videopolis on April 11, 1992. Both productions helped to eventually lead into the creation of the Beauty and the Beast Broadway musical.

November 27

November 27, 2006 – The Restaurant Steakhouse 55 Opens in the Disneyland Hotel

“For classic steakhouse fare or a delicious breakfast in an upscale setting, visit this Disneyland Hotel restaurant.”

On November 27, 2006, the fine dining restaurant Steakhouse 55 opened in Disneyland Hotel. Taking its name from the year Disneyland opened, the restaurant replaced the Granville’s Steak House that had been open since 1983. The restaurant’s décor takes its cue from Old Hollywood, including black-and-white photos of the stars of the Golden Age and dark-wood furniture. Its food and wine offerings have won numerous distinctions, including a Golden Bacchus award by the Southern California Restaurant Writers Association. Offerings include a tiger prawn cocktail, Mishima Ranch wagyu flat iron steak frites, and a fried New York-style cheesecake.