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November 12

November 12, 2006 – Disney Vault 28 has Grand Opening

“Picture a red-carpet grand opening of Orange County’s hippest new upscale boutique that offers funky, fashionable merchandise uniquely targeted to the fashion-savvy shopper who follows the current trends.”

On November 12, 2006, the boutique Disney Vault 28 had its red carpet grand opening in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District, although it had already been open since October 11. Several celebrities and designers were on hand for the celebration, including Nicole Richie, Josh Henderson, and Tim Salmon of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The store sold a variety of designer-brand clothing and accessories, many in collaboration with Disney; designers included Dooney & Bourke, Tarina Tarantino, and HARVEYS for Disney Couture. The store was officially closed on September 24, 2017.

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October 25

October 25, 1985 – Mickey’s Character Shop Opens in Walt Disney World’s Disney Village Marketplace

On October 25, 1985, the merchandise store Mickey’s Character Shop opened in the Disney Village Marketplace, Walt Disney World’s precursor to Downtown Disney. At the time, it was the largest Disney merchandise store in the park, and was originally founded as the only place that was devoted to Disney merchandise in the whole of the Village Marketplace. The store was also known for its large mechanical airship, which featured several Disney characters including Mickey, Donald, and Figment. Once World of Disney’s construction was completed, Mickey’s Character Shop was closed on October 2, 1996.

July 3

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July 3, 2017 – The Animation Academy Closes

“Learn to draw your favorite Disney characters!”

On July 3, 2017, the Animation Academy, located in Walt Disney World’s DisneyQuest, closed. Opening on June 19, 1998, his was an instructor-led activity where guests could learn how to draw classic Disney characters on a digital screen, and purchase their sheets to take home as a souvenir. This was the first version of the Animation Academy, with similar ones opening in L’Art de l’Animation Disney of Disneyland Paris, Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios Park, Disney California Adventure, and Hong Kong Disneyland’s Town Square.

May 12

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May 12, 2001 – The Dance Club Motion Opens in Walt Disney World

On May 12, 2001, the dance club Motion opened in the Pleasure Island area of Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney. The club replaced the Wildhorse Saloon, which was a country music-themed club, and featured Top 40 music videos. Motion was closed on September 27, 2008, when most of the Pleasure Island nightclubs were closed due to a “reimagining” of the area.

April 16

April 16, 2010 – The Clothing Shop D Street Opens in Downtown Disney

“…where urban inspired product ‘intersects’ with a Disney creative edge.”

On April 16, 2010, the clothing shop D Street opened in Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney shopping area. Located on the West Side, the shop featured unique clothing featuring classic Disney characters, as well as a selection of Vinylmation figures and other collectibles. While the store did transfer over to the Disney Springs expansion, it eventually closed in 2015.

March 23

March 23, 1992 – Harrington Bay Clothiers Opens in Downtown Disney

“…keeping you in style with perfect resortware.”

On March 23, 1992, the store Harrington Bay Clothiers opened in Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney area. The store specialized in men’s fashions, featuring popular brands Polo, Nautica, and Tommy Hilfiger. The store was designed in the style of Bermuda, with the fashions featuring a beach theme. The store was eventually closed on July 15, 2001.

January 8

January 8, 1998 – McDonald’s Opens in Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney

On January 8, 1998, McDonald’s opened its first restaurant on a Disney property, opening in Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney. Disney had partnered with McDonald’s for several years at the time of its opening, with the children’s meals featuring toys promoting the upcoming Disney animated features and series. Before the restaurant, kiosks featuring the restaurant’s famous fries were placed within Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park and Disneyland Park. The restaurant was closed in 2004, as part of the end of Disney’s exclusive partnership with the fast food chain.