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April 10

April 10, 2005 – Princess Storybook Dining is Held All Day at Restaurant Akershus

“Join Disney Princesses for Storybook Dining inside a medieval castle with soaring archways and cathedral ceilings.”

On April 10, 2005, the formerly breakfast-only character dining experience Princess Storybook started being held at all meals at the Restaurant Akershus in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion. Guests can meet several of their favorite princesses, including Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Aurora, and Ariel, while they savor Norwegian-inspired dishes. The popularity of this breakfast-only dining experience necessitated opening it up for more meals to allow more guests the ability to dine with a princess.


April 6

April 6, 2007 – The Attraction Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros Opens in Epcot

“Take in the sights of Mexico and the antics of the 3 feathered amigos on this gentle boat ride through the Mexico Pavilion.”

On April 6, 2007, the dark ride attraction Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros opened in the Mexico Pavilion of Walt Disney World’s Epcot park. This attraction replaced the El Río del Tiempo attraction. Featuring Donald Duck, José Carioca, and Panchito from the feature films Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros, this ride takes guests through the sights of Mexico as Panchito and José search for their missing friend, Donald.

April 4

April 4, 2011 – The House of Good Fortune Opens in Epcot

“The shop contains an incredible assortment of goods including house wares, lamps, vases, tea sets, accessories, and decorative figurines.”

On April 4, 2011, the House of Good Fortune opened in the China Pavilion of Walt Disney World’s Epcot Park. Replacing Yong Feng Shangdian, the store sells authentic Chinese merchandise ranging from traditional Chinese clothing, housewares, and panda-related knick-knacks.

April 3

April 3, 1983 – The Shopping Gallery Yong Feng Shangdian Opens in Epcot

On April 3, 1983, the shopping gallery Yong Feng Shangdian opened in the China Pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase. Similar to the department store Mitsukoshi in the Japan Pavilion, Yong Feng Shangdian offered many items from China, including scented oils, decorations, and specialty clothes. It was replaced in 2011 by the House of Good Fortune.

March 28

March 28, 1987 – The Merchandise Stop Port of Entry Opens in Epcot

“Before or after your trip around World Showcase, stop by for Disney-themed apparel, jewelry and other souvenirs.”

On March 28, 1987, the merchandise store Port of Entry opened in Walt Disney World’s Epcot park. Located at the opening of the World Showcase, the shop provides merchandise from all the countries represented in the area, along with specialty merchandise from other countries, and limited edition items from Epcot’s special events, such as the Food and Wine Festival.

March 17

March 17, 1991 – The World News Center Opens in Epcot

On March 17, 1991, the World News Center opened in the Communicore East area of Walt Disney World’s Epcot park. The area, originally part of a preshow for the Electronic Forum (a special polling area where guests could voice their opinion on current affairs), it was a place where guests could watch the top news stories on a multitude of television monitors. The area was spun off from the Electronic Forum when it closed on March 16, 1991.

January 14

January 14, 1990 – The Person of the Century Event Kicks Off in Epcot

On January 14, 1990, a new experience called Person of the Century began running in Epcot’s CommuniCore West area. The idea was to give guests a chance to vote on who they believe was the most influential person of the century from a list of 89 nominees; some of these nominees include Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa, and of course, Walt Disney. The voting was supposed to last until January 1, 2000, but the voting was pulled from Epcot a little over a year after the machines were put in place. Rumor has it that the machines were pulled due to cast members tampering with the voting and making one of their own of the main nominees.