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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.

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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for less than a year before California Adventure underwent a massive overhaul; the attraction’s former space has since been replaced by Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!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.

November 9

November 9, 2001 – The Holiday Nighttime Show LuminAria Begins in Disney California Adventure

“Come on in and be a star in our holiday show.”

On November 9, 2001, the holiday-themed nighttime show LuminAria kicked off its run in Disney California Adventure. This was the first holiday celebration for the park. Guests could contribute to the show by drawing images of what the holiday means to them and providing them to a special reception area; these images were then broadcast on screens that were sent out on the water on giant gift boxes. The show also featured low level pyrotechnics accompanied by a variety of holiday music, such as “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” This was the only season for LuminAria, as it was never brought back to the park.

November 4

November 4, 2002 – The ABC Soap Opera Bistro Closes in Disney California Adventure

“Cast your favorite entrée to appear with a bistro salad.”

On November 4, 2002, the restaurant ABC Soap Opera Bistro, located in Disney California Adventure’s Hollywood Pictures Backlot, closed. Open for only almost two years, the table-service restaurant was themed after ABC’s collection of soap operas, including General Hospital and All My Children. Guests could not only dine in themed areas of the restaurant, but also buy themed merchandise, including costumes worn by the cast members of the represented soap operas. The restaurant struggled to stay afloat; after it closed, the former restaurant became home for the live-action show “Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage.”

October 20

October 20, 2008 – The Blue Sky Cellar Preview Center Opens in Disney California Adventure

“Step into the minds of Walt Disney Imagineers to see how “blue-sky” ideas turn into reality—from concept to completion.”

On October 20, 2008, the preview center Blue Sky Cellar officially opened in Disney California Adventure. Replacing the Seasons of the Vine Theater, the area served as a place where Imagineers could show sketches and models depicting proposed and upcoming attractions; attractions presented there have included Mickey’s Fun Wheel, Silly Symphony Swings, World of Color, Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Goofy’s Sky School, Cars Land, Buena Vista Street, Fantasy Faire, Mickey & the Magical Map, Market House, and Pixar Pier. Although it originally closed on September 29, 2013, it was reopened on April 13, 2018, as it was used to showcase the plans for what would become Pixar Pier.