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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


“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


“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.

February 25

February 25, 2003 – The Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show Opens at Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Resort


“Enjoy an enchanting luau with Polynesian dancing and an all-you-care-to-enjoy, family-style feast.”

On February 25, 2003, the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show opened at Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Resort. This show replaced the Polynesian Review luau show that had been running since 1971. The show is filled with dancers and drummers, with a special performance by someone skilled with a fire-knife. The show is hosted in the Luau Cove, an open-air theater, and hosts performances from several different cultures, including Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand, and Hawaii. Guests must buy tickets before the show, as there are three different seating options to choose from. The dinner provided at the show is an all-you-can-eat buffet style, featuring several authentic Polynesian dishes; guests of age can also purchase a special cocktail in a keepsake coconut.

May 14

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May 14, 1986 – The Land Grille Room Opens at Epcot

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On May 14, 1986, The Land Grille Room opened in Epcot’s The Land pavilion. It was originally called The Good Turn Restaurant, which opened on October 1, 1982, and closed in May, 1986. The Land Grille Room closed on October 4, 1993, but was reopened once again in November 15, 1993, as the Garden Grill Restaurant.

The Land Grille Room’s menu featured all-American fare, including full breakfasts, regional American pizzas, sandwiches, steak, poultry, and seafood. All of the menu could be ordered in entrée or sample portions. As with The Good Turn Restaurant, and continuing with the Garden Grill Restaurant, The Land Grille Room was a revolving restaurant that gave guests a chance to observe all of the sights of the “Living with the Land” attraction.