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January 12

January 12, 1999 – The GO Network is Launched

On January 12, 1999, the internet portal site GO Network was launched in a joint production between Disney and Infoseek. The GO Network offered a variety of services, including chat rooms, search engines, email, and a news service. In November of that year, Disney presented a deal to, and was approved by, stakeholders to spinoff the Go Network with GO.com, and purchased Infoseek (which would merge with the Buena Vista Internet Group. On November 18, the first shares of GO.com began trading on the New York Stock Exchange. In 2001, Disney announced that GO.com would be closing, including all the offshoot directories and the stock tracker.

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January 11

January 11, 2002 – The Disney’s California Adventure Attraction Superstar Limo Closes

“Don’t worry, we’ll get you there in time! Our first stop is glamorous Rodeo Drive.”

On January 11, 2002, the dark ride attraction Superstar Limo closed in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot area of Disney’s California Adventure Park. Guests boarded a purple limousine and toured around “Tinsel Town,” reveling in caricatures of their favorite celebrities and Hollywood landmarks. Celebrities in the attraction included Regis Philbin, Cher, and Cindy Crawford. The attraction was open for less than a year before California Adventure underwent a massive overhaul; the attraction’s former space has since been replaced by Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!

January 7

January 7, 2015 – The Taste Pilots’ Grill Closes in Disney’s California Adventure

“Where Great Food IS Rocket Science!”

On January 7, 2015, the Taste Pilots’ Grill closed in Disney’s California Adventure Park’s Condor Flats area. The quick service restaurant opened on February 8, 2001, and offered American-style fare with flight-based puns for names, such as the Alpha-Bravo-Chili Burger, the Hot Wing Squadron, and the Aer-O-Space Onion Rings. The restaurant was themed after a desert airfield, but seemed to be out of place in the park. After the restaurant closed, the place was reopened as the Smokejumpers Grill, and was merged with the Grizzly Peak area.

January 1

January 1, 2008 – The Captain’s Grille Opens in Walt Disney World

On January 1, 2008, the Captain’s Grille opened in Walt Disney World’s Yacht Club Resort, replacing the Yacht Club Galley. The restaurant’s theme matched that of the Yacht Club Resort, specializing in classic seafood dishes. It served breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with dishes ranging from smoked salmon on a toasted bagel, New England-style lobster roll, and buttermilk fried rock shrimp. The restaurant closed on May 24, 2017, and the area was turned into the Ale & Compass Restaurant on November 4, 2017.

December 13

December 13, 2010 – The Food Location Mrs. Potts’ Cupboard Closes

On December 13, 2010, the quick-service food location Mrs. Potts’ Cupboard closed. Open since March of 1994 after replacing The Round Table, the location served a variety of ice cream treats and drinks. The structure was revamped whenever major changes came to Fantasyland, with changed including the addition of a clock tower, and a thatched roof. It was replaced by Storybook Treats.

November 25

November 25, 1971 – The Circarama Film America the Beautiful Begins Showing in Walt Disney World

“She is a rich land, and a rare land. A fresh, and fair, land.”

On November 25, 1971, the 360 degree film (known technically as a Circarama film) America the Beautiful began showing in Walt Disney World’s Tomorrowland. It originally was shown at the Brussels World’s Fair in 1958, and was brought to Disneyland in 1960; it was reshot a few times, including once for America’s Bicentennial celebrations, and it eventually closed in Disneyland on January 3, 1984, and was replaced by American Journeys. The original Walt Disney World showing of the film lasted until March 15, 1974; it was brought back on March 15, 1975, and lasted until September 9, 1984.

November 14

November 14, 2000 – The Disney Club Membership Program Launches

“Get special savings and exclusive offers when you join The Disney Club.”

On November 14, 2000, the Disney Club membership program officially launched. This club gave guests discounts on theme park tickets, merchandise, guided tours, and food and drink. This membership club replaced the long-running Magic Kingdom Club, which had been in operation since 1958. This incarnation of the club only lasted until December 31, 2003, when it was replaced by the Disney Visa Card.