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December 22

December 22, 1995 – The Contemporary Resort Restaurant Chef Mickey’s Opens


“Join some favorite Disney Friends for a fun-filled feast at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.”

On December 22, 1995, the restaurant Chef Mickey’s opened in Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort, replacing the Contemporary Café. The restaurant contains American cuisine at an indoor buffet, which features the famous Mickey waffles for breakfast, and a sundae bar at dinner where guests can customize their own ice cream sundae. Chef Mickey’s is also known for character dining, where guests can interact with the original Disney characters: Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald, and Goofy. Guests are also treated to a view of the monorail as travels to and from the Magic Kingdom. This restaurant is not to be confused with the restaurant of the same name that existed in Downtown Disney from July, 1990 to September, 1995.



November 26

November 26, 1992 – The New “Santa Goofy” Balloon Premieres in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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“Santa Goofy took the spotlight in 1992, appearing as the “new” balloon in the year’s parade.”

On November 26, 1992, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in New York City, New York. One of the newest balloons introduced in the parade was of Goofy, who was dressed as Santa Claus, draped in a wreath and sporting Macy’s stars. This is Goofy’s first appearance in the parade, as Mickey had been introduced in 1934, and Donald Duck had been introduced in 1935. Goofy first appearance was accompanied by 6,000 tap dancers wearing Mickey Mouse Ears, setting a world record for the Largest Assembly of Tap Dancers.

November 19

November 19, 1971 – Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground Officially Opens


“Teeming with such wildlife as deer, ducks, armadillos, and rabbits, the [Fort Wilderness] Resort welcomes you to delight in scenic woodland trails, a white-sand beach, exciting pool areas, rootin’ tootin’ entertainment, and hearty country eats.”

On November 19, 1971, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground officially opened at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida. The resort was designed with a rustic theme with cabins built to look like log cabins, and has grown since its opening to 800 campsites with 409 cabins. There are two dinner shows at the resort: the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ. At night, guests are entertained with the Campfire Sing-Along with Chip ‘n’ Dale, which includes a special appearance by Chip ‘n’ Dale, who poses for photos and signs autographs with guests. This campfire event includes s’mores and an outdoor movie for children, as well as the Electrical Water Parade. Recreational activities at the resort also include jogging, fishing, biking, swimming, and horseback riding.

November 15

November 15, 1993 – The Garden Grille Restaurant Opens in Epcot


“Visit with Disney Friends as you enjoy family-style fare and rotating views of the Living with the Land attraction.”

On November 15, 1993, the Garden Grille opened in The Land at Epcot in Walt Disney World. The Garden Grille replaced the Land Grille Room, which operated from 1986 to 1993, which had replaced the Good Turn Restaurant that operated from 1982 to 1986. The restaurant slowly rotates, providing guests a view of nature scenes, including a rainforest and a prairie. Also available at this restaurant is a character dining experience called Chip ’n Dale’s Harvest Feast, where guests can meet Chip and Dale and a few other characters; guests can also book dinner packages for the Candlelight Processional during the Christmas season.

October 21

October 21, 1972 – The Three-Day Winnie the Pooh for President Parade and Campaign Begins

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“Vote for Pooh in ’72!”

On October 21, 1972, a three-day campaign and parade for the election of Winnie the Pooh for President began at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Pooh announced his run for the Demo-Pooh-blican party, with over 50 kids under the age of seven in attendance at the announcement in front of Cinderella’s Castle. His platform was said to have been “disclosing the ‘bear facts’ and bottomless honey jars.” This was the second of three runs Pooh took for political office, with the first being in 1968 as part of On Stage U.S.A, and the third in 1976; the second and third times were tie-ins with the national elections occurring in early November. Pooh was given a special ticker-tape parade down Main Street, and a live stage show with Eeyore and Tigger playing his campaign manager and press secretary, respectfully.

September 11

September 11, 2009 – Buzz Lightyear Returns to Earth on the Space Shuttle Discovery


“Disney-Pixar Buzz Lightyear space ranger action figure disembarks from Space Shuttle Discovery following its landing at Edwards Air Force Base.”

On September 11, 2009, the Space Shuttle Discovery returned to Earth after 15 months in space on its STS-128 mission. On board was a 12-inch figure of Pixar’s Buzz Lightyear, as part of an educational and public outreach program partnership between Disney and NASA. During the time on the station, the figure was the star of several education videos posted on the NASA website; after the landing, Disney and NASA continued this partnership by creating an online game and a contest to create a patch. The figure, and Discovery, landed at Andrews Air Force Base; the figure was then treated to a ticker-tape parade at Walt Disney World.

April 11

April 11, 2006 – Winnie the Pooh Receives a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame


“For eighty years Winnie the Pooh has been making wishes come true by taking young people from every country around the world and culture to his magical world of entertainment and imagination.” – Walt Disney Company President and CEO Bob Iger.

On April 11, 2006, Winnie the Pooh received the honor of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This celebration tied in to the 80th anniversary of the publication of the first Winnie the Pooh story in the London Evening News. Winnie the Pooh was joined in his celebration by Tigger, Rabbit, and Eeyore, along with Disney President and CEO Bob Iger, who gave a speech at the event. Winnie the Pooh is among a handful of animated characters selected for this honor, with others including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Snow White.

March 14

March 14, 2010 – Tiana from The Princess and the Frog is Inducted into the Disney Princess Royal Court


“We’re thrilled to recognize Princess Tiana and officially announce that she is here to stay as a full-fledged Disney Princess. Little girls quickly embraced her independent, strong-willed character and the rich storyline of The Princess and the Frog.” – Sheila Ullery, Disney Consumer Products.

On March 14, 2010, Princess Tiana’s official induction into the Disney Princess Line took place in Manhattan’s New York Palace. Joined by the other eight members of the line, Tiana arrived in a horse and carriage down Madison Avenue, with many celebrities —  including Audra McDonald, Melissa Joan Hart, Nigel Barker, and Alessandra Ambrosio – and their children waiting to meet her. Anika Noni Rose, the voice of Tiana in The Princess and the Frog, was also there. Once reaching New York Palace, Tiana walked down the processional aisle flanked by fanfare trumpeters to the ceremony stage, where the other princesses greeted her. A royal proclamation of Tiana’s status was read, and she was then crowned by Prince Naveen. This ceremony aligned with the March 16th release of the animated film on Blu-Ray and DVD, and presented the upcoming line of Tiana-themed toys, costumes, and other merchandise. The character has proven to be highly popular, with many products featuring the character becoming either top-sellers or selling out completely.

January 1

Happy one year anniversary, DisneyDetail! Here’s to another year of celebrating and exploring Disney history!

January 1, 1966 – Walt Disney is the Grand Marshal of the Tournament of Roses Parade


“This master showman [Disney] has brought joy and laughter to millions in every part of the world.” – J. Randolph Richards, on choosing Walt as Grand Marshal

On January 1, 1966, the 77th Tournament of Roses Parade took place in Pasadena, California. Presiding as the Grand Marshal that year was Walt Disney, who was accompanied by Mickey Mouse as he was driven down the parade route in a white Chrysler Impala. Several costumed characters walked alongside Disney, including Alice and the White Rabbit, the Three Little Pigs, and Goofy. The theme of the parade was “It’s A Small World,” and with Disney leading the parade, it reminded everyone of how universal Disney films and characters had become(and also gave Disney publicity for the new attractions from the New York World’s Fair opening in Disneyland that year).

September 21

September 21, 2010 – The Character Tinker Bell Receives a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame

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“Hello ladies and gentlemen! Please help me welcome to Hollywood this beloved Disney character, Tinker Bell!”

On September 21, 2010, coinciding with the release of the direct-to-video film Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, the character of Tinker Bell was given a star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. Since her introduction in the 1953 animated classic Peter Pan, Tinker Bell became an animated superstar, appearing as the character to open the Disneylandanthology. She has also been seen as an important character in the theme parks, and starred in her own series of films beginning in 2008 with Tinker Bell, along with the 2009 film Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure. With the popularity of the 2008 film, Tinker Bell has headlined a franchise known as the Disney Fairies.