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March 15

March 15, 1987 – Pickett Suite Resort Opens in Walt Disney World

“Start the day with the bountiful breakfast buffet, then catch a complimentary shuttle to the Disney park of your choice!”

On March 15, 1987, the Pickett Suite Resort opened in Walt Disney World’s Lake Buena Vista area. Although not owned by Disney, it was one of several affordable options open in the area, such as the Doubletree Guest Suite Resort and the Courtyard by Marriott. The name was eventually changed from Pickett Suite to the Guest Quarters Suite Resort. The hotel has since been rebranded as the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando, having been bought by Hilton Hotels, and is still in operation near Disney Springs.

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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.

December 16

December 16, 2017 – The Hyper-Reality Experience Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire Opens in Disney Springs

“The galaxy needs you!”

On December 16, 2017, the “hyper-reality” experience Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire opened in Disney Springs. A collaboration between Disney, ILMxLAB, and The VOID, this virtual reality experience puts guests in the world of Star Wars; guests go undercover as stormtroopers before the events of the film Rogue One, and must steal the Empire’s secret plans. There are several Star Wars Easter eggs, as well as the opportunity to make the adventure unique through a variety of actions. This experience also opened on January 5, 2018, in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney area.

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.

July 12

July 12, 2016 – Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Opens in Disney Springs

“Dig into farm-to-form cuisine showcasing Florida’s freshest flavors – all crafted from recipes by this award-winning celebrity chef!”

On July 12, 2016, the restaurant Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ opened in Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs area. Created by celebrity chef Art Smith, the restaurant features Southern cooking, Florida style, including such dishes as Church Lady Deviled Eggs, Art’s Famous Fried Chicken, and Fried Chicken & Doughnuts. The restaurant also features a special brunch menu every Sunday from 10am until 2pm.

July 2

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July 2, 2016 – The Coca-Cola Store Orlando Opens in Disney Springs

“Pop inside to browse exclusive merchandise, meet the Coca-Cola Polar Bear and savor views from the rooftop beverage bar.”

On July 2, 2016, the Coca-Cola Store Orlando opened in Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs area. Designed to resemble a 1920s bottling plant, the store is several stories and features a rooftop bar where guests can relax with a drink and view the entire Disney Springs. The partnership between Coca-Cola and Disney goes back to 1942, and the store is a culmination of the best of both brands joining forces.

June 27

June 27, 2016 – Frontera Cocina Opens in Disney Springs

“This contemporary culinary experience is sure to please friends, family and food lovers alike.”

On June 27, 2016, the Mexican restaurant Frontera Cocina opened in Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs area. Created by eight-time James Beard Award winning chef Rick Bayless, it features upscale, contemporary Mexican cuisine, starting from the chips and salsa, and featuring dishes such as the pepito torta, shrimp mojo de ajo, and coconut-lime cuatro leches. Guests of drinking age can also partake in specialty fresh-made margaritas.