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May 15

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May 15, 2016 – Morimoto Asia Street Food Opens in Disney Springs

“Celebrate your senses as our chefs bring a timeless staple of Pan-Asian food culture to life with their unique culinary sensibilities.”

On May 15, 2016, the counter-service restaurant Morimoto Asia Street Food opened in Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs area. A spin-off of the popular Morimoto Asia restaurant, this service provides guests with upscale Pan-Asian street foods, including Bao Tacos, octopus fritters, and a selection of sushi rolls. Guests can also purchase specialty drinks, such as the non-alcoholic South Seas Slush.

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April 10

April 10, 2005 – Princess Storybook Dining is Held All Day at Restaurant Akershus

“Join Disney Princesses for Storybook Dining inside a medieval castle with soaring archways and cathedral ceilings.”

On April 10, 2005, the formerly breakfast-only character dining experience Princess Storybook started being held at all meals at the Restaurant Akershus in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion. Guests can meet several of their favorite princesses, including Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Aurora, and Ariel, while they savor Norwegian-inspired dishes. The popularity of this breakfast-only dining experience necessitated opening it up for more meals to allow more guests the ability to dine with a princess.

October 2

October 2, 1996 – The Coffee Shop Buy the Book Opens in Disney-MGM Studios

On October 2, 1996, the coffee and bookshop Buy the Book opened in Disney-MGM Studios’s New York Street, located in Walt Disney World. Based on the store of the same name from the ABC comedy Ellen, the shop was tucked into the corner of the street, with guests able to take a break with a cup of coffee and a good book. When the series ended in 1998, the store was revamped to become The Writer’s Stop, though it retained its service of selling coffee and books.

September 12

September 12, 2005 – The Food Court Clopin’s Festival of Foods Opens in Hong Kong Disneyland

“Clopin’s Festival of Foods recreates the fantastic fun of the very special celebration that changed Quasimodo’s life forever – and only a fool would miss the delicious dishes offered at this festive restaurant!”

On September 12, 2005, the quick service food court Clopin’s Festival of Foods opened in Hong Kong Disneyland. Themed around the Festival of Fools from the animated feature film The Hunchback of Notre Dame, this food court provides three different menus, celebrating the “Great Flavors of China:” Regional Noodles, Guangdong BBQ, and Wok Favorites. Dishes include dried shrimp roe noodles, Beijing braised beef and scallions with rice, and prawns with Yangzhou fried rice.

April 1

April 1, 1974 – Pioneer Hall Opens in Walt Disney World’s Fort Wilderness

“Here tonight: the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue! Fun for All!”

On April 1, 1974, Pioneer Hall was built in Walt Disney World’s Fort Wilderness Resort. The hall is the resort’s home to its dining facilities, as well as the popular Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue. A buffet is offered during the musical revue, with reservations filling up rather quickly for the two-hour show. Also included in the building is P & J’s Southern Takeout, Trail’s End Restaurant, and Crockett’s Tavern.

February 2

February 2, 1992 – The Casual Dining Restaurant Boatwright’s Dining Hall Opens in Walt Disney World

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“Bona fide bites in the Big Easy.”

On February 2, 1992, the casual dining restaurant Boatwright’s Dining Hall opened in Walt Disney World. It was originally part of the Dixie Landings Resort, which was combined with the Port Orleans Resort in 2001; the restaurant and the gift shop Fulton’s General Store remained as they were after this merger. The restaurant is only open for dinner and features New Orleans style cuisine, ranging from dishes called Crescent City Gumbo to Boatwright’s Jumbalaya. The restaurant is also themed like a shipbuilding company, complete with hanging lanterns and wooden hulls.

December 15

December 15, 1997 – Ghirardelli’s Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop Opens in Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney

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“The world-famous chocolatier delivers decadent sundaes smothered with hot, house-made fudge as well as chocolate treats and drinks.”

On December 15, 1997, Ghirardelli’s Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop opened in the Downtown Disney area of Walt Disney World. The quick-service store features chocolate by the famous chocolate company, with special San Francisco themed sundaes, including the Golden Gate Banana Split: vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice creams topped with pineapple, strawberries, hot fudge, bananas, whipped crème, chopped almonds, and a cherry. A version of this store was opened in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney area on June 7, 2012.