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May 15

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May 15, 2016 – The Quick Service Restaurant D-Luxe Burger Opens in Disney Springs

“Satisfy gourmet cravings at this ranch-inspired eatery overlooking the springs.”

On May 15, 2016, the quick service casual restaurant D-Luxe Burger opened in Disney Springs, Walt Disney World. As its name suggests, the restaurant serves gourmet burgers, including the El Diablo Burger that features chorizo, fried banana peppers, and chipotle mayonnaise. The restaurant is also known for its gelato milkshakes, with flavors such as smoked bourbon and s’mores.

April 13

April 13, 2015 – The Restaurant The Boathouse Opens in Disney Springs

“Set sail for upscale waterfront dining at Disney Springs – complete with retro dream boats, from vintage American Amphicars to romantic Italian Water Taxis

On April 13, 2015, the upscale restaurant The Boathouse opened in Disney Springs (previously Downtown Disney). The restaurant serves American style food, from steaks to seafood, including a raw bar; it is placed at The Landing, giving guests a good view of the water as they dine. The restaurant also offers champagne and wine-tasting cruises around the restaurant in an Italian water taxi.

October 3

October 3, 1996 – World of Disney Opens in Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney Area

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“Explore the world’s largest Disney character store, and discover 12 rooms brimming with apparel, collectibles, pins, and more!”

On October 3, 1996, the World of Disney store opened in Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney Marketplace area. The store is the largest Disney merchandise store in the world, with twelve rooms spanning 50,000 square feet. The store’s contents range from collectible pins, to clothing, to kitchenware, and everything in between. Similar stores have since been built in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney area in 2001, and on Fifth Avenue, New York, in 2004.

November 17

November 17, 2001 – Build-a-Bear Workshop Opens in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney

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“Pick out a cuddly new plush pal and customize him or her with cute clothing, accessories, recorded sounds, and more.”

On November 17, 2001, the Build-a-Bear Workshop store opened in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney area, across from the WonderGround Gallery. A special event was held for the opening, including a meet-and-greet with the store’s mascot Bearemy, a sweepstakes with the chance to win special store-related prizes, and a Stuffed with Hugs special event for the first 200 guests. The store features, along the usual Build-a-Bear selections, special Disney styles, which guests can take home as a souvenir.

May 31

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May 31, 1998 – The Wildhorse Saloon Opens in Downtown Disney’s Pleasure Island

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“Pleasure Island Saloon a Horse of a Different Color” – The Orlando Sentinel

On May 31, 1998, the Wildhorse Saloon opened in Walt Disney World’s Pleasure Island area of Downtown Disney. It was very similar to the original Wildhorse Saloon that opened in Nashville, Tennessee in 1994; the Disney club was a 27,000-square-foot club that featured live entertainment by rising country stars, as well as dancers teaching guests how to line dance. It closed in the summer of 2001, and was replaced with a nightclub called Motion.

May 1

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May 1, 1989 – The Adventures Club Opens in Walt Disney World’s Pleasure Island Area

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“Marching along, we’re adventures, singing the song of adventurers, up or down, north, south, east or west, an adventurer’s life is best!”

On May 1, 1989, the Adventurers Club nightclub opened in Walt Disney World’s Pleasure Island area. It was one of eight clubs that existed in the area. The story of the club’s theme includes a 1937 New Years Eve party that doubles as an open house, looking for new membership. Guests are invited to be initiated as members, becoming members of the play within the club. The club overall was similar to being part of an interactive theater experience, with several actors playing parts of Adventurers Club members that interact with guests. The club closed on September 27, 2008.

March 22

March 22, 1975 – The Lake Buena Vista Village Opens at Walt Disney World

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“…Shopping took on a whole new meaning as the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village…opened.”

On March 22, 1975, the Lake Buena Vista Village area opened at Walt Disney World. The village area was comprised of a few dozen shops around a lagoon, including Toys Fantastique, and The Pottery Chalet. The area has evolved several times, beginning in 1977, when it was renamed Walt Disney World Village and became more focused on being a shopping experience for Walt Disney World guests. In 1984, more attractions and events were added to the area to keep guests of the park on property; in 1986, an area for adults known as Pleasure Island was introduced, and the shopping area was renamed Disney Village Marketplace. In 1995, Pleasure Island was combined with Disney Village Marketplace to become on Downtown Disney area, and was expanded even further with the addition of World of Disney character store and the upgrade of the AMC Theaters. In 2013, it was announced that the area would be expanded again and be renamed as Disney Springs.