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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.

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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.

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.