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June 15

June 15, 2012 – The Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café Opens in Disney California Adventure

“Swing in for the enchanting sights and sounds of Buena Vista Street – and a cup of Starbucks coffee – at this charming café.”

On June 15, 2012, the Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café opened on Disney California Adventure’s Buena Vista Street. Named after the characters from the 1933 Silly Symphony The Three Little Pigs, the café serves Starbucks coffee, sandwiches, and assorted pastries.

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June 3

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June 3, 2011 – The Attraction The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure Opens in Disney’s California Adventure

“Journey under the sea for a whimsical musical adventure awash with scenes from  the animated Disney classic.”

On June 3, 2011, the dark ride attraction The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure opened in Disney California Adventure Park. Guests board a clamshell version of the Omnimover and head “under the sea” to explore musical scenes from the popular animated feature film, including versions of “Poor Unfortunate Souls” and “Kiss the Girl.” A version of this attraction opened in Walt Disney World’s New Fantasyland expansion on December 6, 2012.

April 11

April 11, 2003 – The Attraction Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage Opens in Disney’s California Adventure

On April 11, 2003, the live stage show attraction Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage opened in Disney’s California Adventure Park. This was the second version of this attraction to open, with the first version opening in Walt Disney World on October 1, 2001. The show featured characters from popular Playhouse Disney channel shows, such as Rolie Polie Olie, Stanley, The Book of Pooh, and Bear in the Big Blue House. It was updated and renamed on March 4, 2011, to become Disney Junior – Live on Stage.

February 8

February 8, 2001 – The Quick-Service Restaurant Award Wieners Opens in Disney California Adventure

“Introducing an all-star ensemble of gourmet, street-style hot dogs and sausages.”

On February 8, 2001, the quick-service restaurant Award Wieners opened in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot area of Disney California Adventure. The restaurant sells gourmet hot dogs, such as the BBQ Crunch Dog, and the Spicy City Dog, as well as specialty fries and seasonal offerings.

January 17

January 17, 2003 – The Stage Show Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular Officially Debuts in Disney California Adventure

“Must I yearn forever to be free?”

On January 17, 2003, the Broadway-style stage show Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular made its officially debut on January 17, 2003, at Disney California Adventure’s Hyperion Theater. Based on the hit 1992 animated feature film Aladdin, this stage show would become a precursor to the hit Broadway musical. The show generally follows the plot of the film; however, composer Alan Menken added one new song for the show: “To Be Free,” a song for Jasmine. “To Be Free” is a reworked song that was originally created as a ballad for Genie, but was inevitably cut from the film. The show ended its run on January 10, 2016, and was replaced by Frozen – Live at the Hyperion.

January 11

January 11, 2002 – The Disney’s California Adventure Attraction Superstar Limo Closes

“Don’t worry, we’ll get you there in time! Our first stop is glamorous Rodeo Drive.”

On January 11, 2002, the dark ride attraction Superstar Limo closed in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot area of Disney’s California Adventure Park. Guests boarded a purple limousine and toured around “Tinsel Town,” reveling in caricatures of their favorite celebrities and Hollywood landmarks. Celebrities in the attraction included Regis Philbin, Cher, and Cindy Crawford. The attraction was open for less than a year before California Adventure underwent a massive overhaul; the attraction’s former space has since been replaced by Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!

January 7

January 7, 2015 – The Taste Pilots’ Grill Closes in Disney’s California Adventure

“Where Great Food IS Rocket Science!”

On January 7, 2015, the Taste Pilots’ Grill closed in Disney’s California Adventure Park’s Condor Flats area. The quick service restaurant opened on February 8, 2001, and offered American-style fare with flight-based puns for names, such as the Alpha-Bravo-Chili Burger, the Hot Wing Squadron, and the Aer-O-Space Onion Rings. The restaurant was themed after a desert airfield, but seemed to be out of place in the park. After the restaurant closed, the place was reopened as the Smokejumpers Grill, and was merged with the Grizzly Peak area.