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January 4

January 4, 2018 – The Edison Opens in Disney Springs

“Swing by this lavish, industrial gothic-style hotspot for classic American cuisine, craft cocktails and unique entertainment.”

On January 4, 2018, the casual dining restaurant The Edison opened in Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs area. Styled after a 1920s electric company, and inspired by the invention and imagination of that era, the restaurant serves classic cocktails and hearty American fare. Dishes on the menu include the specialty Edison Burger, the Black Cherry Cream Shake, and the Menlo Park Mac & Cheese.

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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 31

December 31, 1899 – Harrison Hightower III Mysteriously Disappears

“1899年に起きたオーナーの謎の失踪事件以来、恐怖のホテルと呼ばれるようになった「タワー・オブ・テラー」。”

According to legend: on December 31, 1899, antiques collector and builder of the Hotel Hightower, Harrison Hightower III, disappeared mysteriously after his acquisition of the Shiriki Utundu idol. Of course, this is part of the story of the Tower of Terror attraction in Tokyo DisneySea, and the character of Hightower was made to resemble Imagineer Joe Rohde. The story of the attraction is that after Hightower’s disappearance, the New York City Preservation Society took over the restoration of the hotel, and now offered tours to the public, with terrifying results.

December 29

December 29, 1974 – John Lennon Signs Papers at Walt Disney World Dissolving The Beatles

On December 29, 1974, it is widely believed that John Lennon, who was staying on vacation at Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Resort, signed the paperwork that effectively dissolved the partnership of the band the Beatles. Although the rest of the band had signed the papers at Apple Headquarters, Lennon had been a no-show at the meeting, and instead had gone to celebrate Christmas at Walt Disney World with his secretary and lover May Pang.

December 28

December 28, 2010 – Disneyland Suspends Ticket Sales After Filling to Capacity

“Certainly we want all of our guests to have the best guest experience, so we have measures in place to make sure that we deliver the best time.” – Betty Sanchez, Disneyland Park Spokesperson

On December 28, 2010, two hours after opening, Disneyland suspended ticket sales, as the park was filled to capacity. Although guests were directed to California Adventure, that park was soon filled to capacity as well. According to park officials, it was common for the parks to fill up in the holiday season, especially if the California weather was cooperating.

December 25

December 25, 1999 – The Television Special Walt Disney World’s Very Merry Christmas Parade Premieres on ABC

On December 24, 1999, the holiday television special Walt Disney World’s Very Merry Christmas Parade premiered on ABC. This was the 17th annual holiday parade from the Florida parks. Although the parade had been a staple of holiday specials since the 1980s, this special was notable for deviating from the norm and airing at nighttime instead of the daytime. This parade was hosted by Mitchell Ryan, Susan Sullivan, and Wayne Brady, and featured musical performances by *NSYNC, 98 Degrees, Harry Connick Jr., SHeDAISY, and James Ingram.

December 22

December 22, 2009 – 500 Tuba Players Gather is Disneyland’s Downtown Disney

“The fact that it is held at the Happiest Place on Earth helps bring out a lot of tuba players. There’s a lot of magic brought about by it.” – Richard Dean, vice president of San Dimas High’s music program

On December 22, 2009, the 36th annual Tuba Christmas took place, this time in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney shopping area. This was the fifth appearance for the tuba players in Disneyland, and the largest gathering of all the Tuba Christmas events, with over 500 taking place worldwide. Although the group hadn’t met before this event, they were able to serenade Disney park shoppers with several familiar songs, including “Silent Night,” “Jingle Bells,” and “When You Wish Upon a Star.”