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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.

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December 31

December 31, 1992 – The Club 8TRAX Opens in Walt Disney World’s Pleasure Island

“Those looking to return to the disco era of spinning balls, lighted dance floors and groovy atmosphere will definitely want to check out 8TRAX.”

On December 31, 1992, the club 8TRAX opened in Walt Disney World’s Pleasure Island area of Downtown Disney. Replacing the former club Cage, it was a 1970s-themed club, featuring music from that era playing until midnight, with lighted dance floors and dancers accompanying the music. The club closed on September 27, 2008.

October 12

October 12, 2008 – Portobello Country Italian Trattoria Opens in Downtown Disney

“Simple flavors of Italy”

On October 12, 2008, the restaurant Portobello Country Italian Trattoria opened in Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney area (now known as Disney Springs). Originally opening in May 1, 1989, and known as Portobello Yacht Club, the restaurant went under refurbishment; this included a new menu with a focus more on Italian cuisine. The restaurant was closed on April 24, 2017, and will be replaced by the Terralina Crafted Italian restaurant.

October 11

October 11, 2006 – The Store Disney Vault 28 Opens in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney

“Wear your love of Disney on your sleeve in a totally new way with retro and on-trend apparel and accessories.”

On October 11, 2006, the boutique store Disney Vault 28 opened in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney shopping district. The store offers Disney-inspired fashion for women, ranging from dresses to handbags. A grand opening celebration was held for the store on November 12, 2006. The store closed in September 2017 to make room for a new Star Wars-themed store.

September 15

September 15, 1997 – The Candy Cauldron Opens in Downtown Disney

“Satisfy your sweet tooth and watch as mouthwatering treats are made in our show kitchen at Disney Springs West Side.”

On September 15, 1997, the specialty store The Candy Cauldron opened in Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney area (now known as Disney Springs). Here, guests can purchase pre-made sweet treats while watching kitchen artisans create intricately designed candy apples and other treats in the show kitchen.

July 19

July 19, 2002 – The Specialty Store Once Upon a Toy Opens in Downtown Disney

“Stroll through the ultimate shop for all things play!”

On July 19, 2002, the specialty store Once Upon a Toy opened in Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney Marketplace. The 16,000-square-foot store specializes in Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars toys, ranging from plush to board games. The store also serves as where Duffy the Bear originated.

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.