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August 17

August 17, 1992 – Annette Funicello Appears on the Cover of People Magazine

“To the first wave of kiddies raised on TV, she was simply Annette – the name emblazoned in block letters across the front of her memorable Mouseketeers turtleneck.”

On August 17, 1992, famed Mouseketeer Annette Funicello appeared on the cover of People Magazine, announcing that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). Funicello had been suffering from the disease since 1987, and told the interviewer that she history of how she discovered she had the disease, how quickly the disease flared up, and how the tabloids came looking for answers, thinking she had a drinking problem or worse. This interview was Funicello’s way of bringing attention to the disease, as well as clearing up any rumors of her personal life.

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August 11

August 11, 1994 – The Center Court Unit of Walt Disney World’s All-Star Resorts Opens

“Go the distance and don’t be afraid to celebrate your inner fan amid sporty décor starring some of your favorite Disney characters.”

On August 11, 1994, the final unit of Walt Disney World’s All-Star Resort opened. Called Center Court, and themed after the sport of tennis, it was the fifth unit for what would become the All-Stars Sports Resort. The unit of the resort features statues of Donald and his nephews playing a heated tennis match.

August 1

August 1, 1997 – The Pepper Market Food Court Opens in Walt Disney World

“Find something for everyone at this food court.”

On August 1, 1997, the food court Pepper Market opened in Walt Disney World’s Coronado Springs Resort. With a menu featuring American and Mexican-inspired dishes, the restaurant is styled with Central American décor, including towering statues of Central American deities. Dishes range from Mexican specialties, chef specials, and pizza.

July 28

July 28, 1993 – Bank of America Ends Partnership with Disneyland

“…Walt was confident of his vision [of Disneyland], and so was Bank of America.”

On July 28, 1993, the company Bank of America cease their association with Disneyland Park. The bank had been a part of the theme park since the park’s opening, as a branch was located on Main Street. The bank was also unique in that it was one of the few banks in the country to have regular Sunday and holiday hours. The association between Disney and Bank of America goes back even earlier than 1955; Bank of America financed Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which began a long relationship of the bank continuing to finance animated feature films for the company. Bank of America also sponsored the it’s a small world attraction from 1966 to 1992, with the sponsorship also advertising the company’s first modern credit card BankAmericard; this card was the first credit card to be accepted at the Magic Kingdom.

July 21

July 21, 1992 – The Boiler Room Barbecue Opens in Tokyo Disneyland

 

アドベンチャーランドを探険していて、ひときわ目立つ船がこのお店。”

On July 21, 1992, the restaurant Boiler Room Barbecue opened in Tokyo Disneyland’s Adventureland. A quick-service snack counter, the restaurant originally featured, as its namesake suggests, barbecue-related foods; the restaurant was renamed Boiler Room Bites in 2003, and given a new menu. Boiler Room Bites features quick serve dishes such as shaved ice in several flavors, pork bao, and a variety of drinks.

July 20

July 20, 1997 – Le Cellier Becomes a Steakhouse

“Descend into the cozy cellar of a Canadian château for exquisite steaks and seafood specialties.”

On July 20, 1997, the restaurant Le Cellier, located in Epcot’s Canada Pavilion in the World Showcase, underwent a massive change to become a full-fledged steakhouse. Le Cellier was opened on October 1, 1982, and was a buffet and cafeteria-style restaurant; it underwent its first overhaul in 1995, featuring deli-style sandwiches and salads. The 1997 update gave the restaurant a new name (Le Cellier Steakhouse), a new menu, and a new status as a signature restaurant within Walt Disney World. It was an immediate success, and to this day it is still difficult to gain a reservation. The menu features such dishes as the Maple-brined Kurobuta Pork Porterhouse, a black angus rib-eye, and Skuna Bay Canadian salmon.

July 10

July 10, 1993 – The Television Special Disneyland Presents Tales of Toontown Premieres

On July 10, 1993, the television special Disneyland Presents Tales of Toontown premiered on television, distributed by Disney and ABC Domestic Television. The feature was used to promote the newest land in Disneyland, which opened on January 24, 1993. The hour-long special featured Jerry Hawkins as detective Spence Dempsey, who is brought to Toontown by his pal Goofy to discover the cause of the craziness occurring there. Written by Wayne A. Brown, Lisa Cappel, and Robin Mensinger, it starred Ray Johnson as the Gatekeeper, Steve Glaudini as the Toon Docotr, Dave Burkhart as the Planning Commissioner, Wayne Allwine as Mickey Mouse, Tony Anselmo as Donald Duck, and Bill Farmer as Goofy. It was directed by Bruce Stuart Greenberg.