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June 23

June 23, 2018 – The Lamplight Lounge Opens in Disney California Adventure

“Discover a newly reimagined restaurant celebrating the creativity, inspiration and personalities of the artists that bring Pixar tales to life!”

On June 23, 2018, the Pixar Pier restaurant Lamplight Lounge opened in Disney California Adventure park. Replacing the Cove Bar and Ariel’s Grotto, the lounge is outfitted with promotional art and movie posters from Pixar films. The menu features American gastropub fare ranging from brunch to dinner, with such dishes as New York Avocado Toast and a Salmon PLT.

June 20

June 20, 1996 – Big Thunder Barbecue Becomes the Festival of Foods

On June 20, 1996, the Big Thunder Barbecue was renamed Festival of Foods, renamed and rethemed to promote the animated feature film The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It reverted back to the Big Thunder Barbecue on May 30, 1997.

March 21

March 21, 1940 – The Disney Studio Commissary Opens

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“Many a celebrity has enjoyed dining at the commissary at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, including Walt Disney himself.”

On March 21, 1940, the Walt Disney Studios Commissary opened. Most studios had a commissary where actors and staff could congregate and have a meal between takes, and the Disney Studio was no different. The Disney Commissary was popular among actors, with actress Cloris Leachman raving about it in a 1979 interview. The area has undergone several changes over the years, including new décor and new menu items, although Walt’s favorite chili dish is still a staple on the menu.

December 14

December 14, 2003 – Everything POP Shopping and Dining Opens in Disney’s Pop Century Resort

“Sate appetites large and small with delicious dishes from a variety of tempting food stations.”

On December 14, 2003, the shopping center and food court area of Walt Disney World’s Pop Century Resort , known as Everything POP Shopping and Dining, opened. Guests can wander through and get a meal at a variety of quick-service food areas, as well as purchase a variety of Disney merchandise.

October 5

October 5, 1977 – Kikkoman Begins Sponsorship of Adventureland Veranda

“Welcome from KIKKOMAN”

On October 5, 1977, the Japanese food manufacturer Kikkoman began their sponsorship of the Adventureland Veranda, located in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. The Veranda served tropical-themed fast food dishes, including a burger with a ring of pineapple. Kikkoman’s corporate sponsorship ended in 1994 when the Adventureland Veranda closed.

September 30

September 30, 1999 – The Tangierine Café Opens in Epcot’s World Showcase

“Step into this charming Mediterranean eatery known for its authentic shawarma platters, tempting pastries and specialty coffee drinks.”

On September 30, 1999, the eatery Tangierine Café Opened in the Morocco Pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase. This quick service café provides simple Moroccan dishes, including a shawarma lamb platter, lentil salad, and marinated olives. The café also provides a special kids menu, which includes a hamburger and chicken nuggets.

September 29

September 29, 2017 – The BaseLine Tap House Opens in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

“Venture down to this cheery corner pub specializing in California brews and wine.”

On September 29, 2017, the BaseLine Tap House opened on Grand Avenue in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The bar, replacing Buy the Book/The Writer’s Stop coffee house and bookstore, sells a variety of California-based wines and beers; the bar itself is reminiscent of modern-day LA, created with a warehouse theme. Guests can also purchase a variety of snacks to accompany their drinks, which they can enjoy on the bar’s terrace.