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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.

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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.

September 22

September 22, 2015 – Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar Opens in Disney Springs

“Quench your thirst for action at this 1940s airplane hangar turned dive bar – ex-home of Indiana Jones’ sidekick and pilot.”

On September 22, 2015, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar opened in Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs area. Named after the pilot in the first Indiana Jones franchise film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, the bar resembles an airplane hangar, complete with artifacts and airplane parts. Disney Imagineers even created a backstory for the bar’s location: Jones and Lindsey happened to discover Disney Springs in 1938 while pursuing a tip about something mythological located in central Florida. Jones went on to have adventures while Lindsey stayed behind to open his own hangar in the area and fly specialized seaplane tours. The bar was born after Lindsey’s friends and fellow members of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers kept stopping by, which turned the hangar into a popular watering hole. The drinks and dishes are inspired by Lindsey’s travels, including Incan Tuna Tacos, Old World Pizza of San Marco, and The Scottish Professor, a drink featuring Scotch whiskey, gin, pear nectar, syrup, and lemon juice.

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.