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October 9

October 9, 2015 – Interstate 4 Ramp Connecting to Disney Springs Opens

“Central Florida motorists heading to Disney Springs have a new option.”

On October 9, 2015, a new ramp on Florida’s Interstate 4 that connected directly to the Disney Springs parking garage officially opened. Labelled as Exit 67, guests can drive straight into the 4,000 spot parking structure to access the then-unfinished shopping district. This new ramp, along with some other road improvements, was part of the effort to revamp not only Downtown Disney into its new Disney Springs design, but was also done to help alleviate some of the traffic for guests who want to reach the parks.

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October 8

October 8, 1957 – The Maxwell House Coffee House Closes

“Famous Disneyland serves Maxwell House coffee exclusively”

On October 8, 1957, the Maxwell House Coffee House, located in Disneyland, closed. Located in Town Square, the coffee house opened on December 1, 1955. Though this particular coffee house lasted close to two-years, it didn’t close down entirely, but changed sponsorship from Maxwell House to Hills Brothers, a San Francisco-based coffee brand.

October 7

October 7, 2002 – The Area Flik’s Fun Fair Opens in Disney California Adventure

“Hop inside a discarded food carton for a gentle flight above Flik’s Fun Fair.”

On October 7, 2002, Flik’s Fun Fair opened in A Bug’s Land area of Disney California Adventure. Based on the Pixar animated feature A Bug’s Life, the area features attractions suited for younger guests. Guests are “shrunk down” to the size of a bug after going through a fallen cereal box, and can experience attractions based on particular attributes of characters, such as the inventive nature of main character Flik. The attraction includes Flik’s Flyers, Tuck & Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies, Heimlick’s Chew Chew Train, Francis’s Ladybug Boogie, and Princess Dot Puddle Park.

October 6

October 6, 2006 – The Princess Fantasy Faire Opens in Disneyland

“Where happily ever after happens every day!”

On October 6, 2006, the Princess Fantasy Faire opened in Disneyland’s Fantasyland Theater. The attraction replaced Snow White – An Enchanting Musical, and featured several Disney princesses, such as Belle, Aurora, and Mulan. The area provided guests with a chance to meet the Disney princesses, and was located right next to Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Guests were also able to participate in an interactive storytelling experience with a princess, and learn how to be a true princess or a knight in a coronation ceremony. The area closed on August 12, 2012.

October 5

October 5, 2009 – Rich Ross is Named Chairman of Walt Disney Studios

“Rich has an outstanding record of creating high-quality family entertainment that delights audiences around the world.” – Bob Iger, President and CEO of the Walt Disney Company

On October 5, 2009, The Walt Disney Company announced that Rich Ross would be taking the role of Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios. Ross, who was then serving as the President of Disney Channels Worldwide, saw that he would not only be overseeing the worldwide production of the company’s range of films (including Walt Disney Animation, Touchstone, Miramax, and Disney/Pixar), but would also be head of Disney’s theatrical and music ventures. Ross was chosen for the role based on his work in expanding the performance of Disney Channels Worldwide, as well as overseeing the growth of Radio Disney. He joined Disney in 1996 as the Senior Vice President, Programming and Production for Disney Channel, and was named President of Disney Channels Worldwide in 2004. Ross would remain in the role of Chairman until 2012.

October 4

October 4, 1993 – The Walt Disney World Mission to Mars Attraction Closes

On October 4, 1993, the Walt Disney World version of the Mission to Mars attraction closed. The ride was based on the attraction of the same name in Disneyland, which was a replacement of the Flight to the Moon attraction. Once man had actually been to the moon, the Flight to the Mon ride seemed dated, and an update was necessary to keep guests’ attention. The Walt Disney World attraction, located in Tomorrowland of Magic Kingdom Park, lasted a year longer than the original attraction, which closed on November 2, 1992.

October 3

October 3, 1996 – The Flying Fish Café Opens in Walt Disney World BoardWalk Resort

“Feast on premium sustainable seafood and prime steaks at this contemporary American restaurant on Disney’s BoardWalk.”

On October 3, 1996, the Flying Fish Café opened in Walt Disney World’s BoardWalk Resort area. The fine dining restaurant serves elegant seafood meals, as well as a wagyu strip loin and a veal chop. The restaurant underwent and extensive redesign in 2016, including dropping “café” from the name of the restaurant. It still boasts an indulgent menus, including seasonal desserts such as the buttermilk panna cotta.