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October 22

October 22, 1969 – WED Enterprises Signs Deal with Florida Citrus Commission

On October 22, 1969, an official contract between WED Enterprises and the Florida Citrus Commission (FCC) was signed, with FCC sponsoring an attraction within the upcoming Florida theme park. The FCC would go on to sponsor the pavilion in Adventureland that housed Walt Disney World’s version of The Enchanted Tiki Room, known as The Tropical Serenade, as well as the Sunshine Tree Terrace. To help advertise the deal, WED Enterprises created a mascot for the area known as the Orange Bird, which was also used by FCC to promote Florida citrus.

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July 24

July 24, 1966 – The Shop Cristal d’Orleans Opens in Disneyland

“Cut a groove through the bayou to come across exceptionally etched pieces of crystal.”

On July 24, 1966, the glassware store Cristal d’Orleans opened in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square. The store sells specialty glassware, including tiaras, figurines, and cups, and is sponsored by the Arribas Brothers, who have their special glass pieces featured in several Disney parks.

July 18

July 18, 1965 – The Plaza Inn Opens in Disneyland

“Drop ‘inn’ for hearty American fare the whole family will love and a lively Character Breakfast with some favorite Disney friends.”

On July 18, 1965, the restaurant Plaza Inn opened in Disneyland on Main Street, U.S.A. Designed in Victorian style to match the feel of the area’s turn-of-the-century charm, this restaurant features a buffet/family style meal, featuring such meals as Mickey Waffles, pot roast, and penne pasta. This restaurant also features a special “Minnie & Friends” character dining breakfast, where guests can dine alongside Tigger, Chip ‘n’ Dale, and Minnie Mouse.

July 2

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July 2, 1967 – Tomorrowland Terrace Opens in Disneyland

“Grab your dancing shoes and head to the hoppin’est place on earth where you can strut your stuff weekend nights all summer long!”

On July 2, 1967, the dining area Tomorrowland Terrace opened in Disneyland. Not only was it a fast-food facility, the area also had live bands and a dancefloor, with a stage for the bands that could be raised to meet the guests at the restaurant level. Similar versions of this facility were opened in Walt Disney World (which closed in 1994) and Tokyo Disneyland. The Disneyland version closed in June, 2001, and later opened as Club Buzz; it has since reopened in that space with different varieties of bands playing every night.

June 10

June 10, 1960 – The Pack Mules Through Nature’s Wonderland Attraction Opens

On June 10, 1960, the Pack Mules Through Nature’s Wonderland attraction opened in Disneyland’s Frontierland. This was the third incarnation of this type of attraction, as it was previously Rainbow Ridge Pack Mules (open from 1956 through 1959) and Mule Pack (open from 1955 through 1956). Guests rode on mules through Frontierland past several Disneyland landmarks to the town of Rainbow Ridge, which can still be found in the shadow of Big Thunder Mountain. The attraction was closed in 1973.

May 24

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May 24, 1968 – Walt Disney is Posthumously Awarded the Congressional Gold Medal

“Whereas Walt Disney’s life personified the American dream and his rags-to-riches story demonstrated that the United States of America remains the land of opportunity…”

On May 24, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson presented the Congressional Gold Medal to Walt Disney’s widow, Lillian Disney. Walt, who had passed away on December 15, 1966, had previously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964. In the joint resolution to issue the medal, it honored Walt’s contributions, his humanitarian efforts, his help with the war effort during World War II, and “his belief that good will ultimately triumphs over evil.”

May 12

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May 12, 1967 – Florida Governor Claude R. Kirk, Jr. Signs Disney Bill

On May 12, 1967, then-Florida Governor Claude R. Kirk, Jr. signed special legislation that allowed Walt Disney Productions’ the ability to run the operations for Walt Disney World. Before the legislation, there were concerns that Florida taxpayers would have to pay for the construction of the new Disney park. This legislation allowed the formation of the Reedy Creek Improvement District with two cities: Bay Lake and Reedy Creek (now known as Lake Buena Vista). The creation of these cities allowed Disney to issue tax-free bonds, as well as remain unaffected by any current or future state land-use laws.