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August 19

August 19, 2014 – The Marketplace Boat Dock and Saratoga Bridge Open in Downtown Disney

“A beautiful day to debut a new bridge and boat dock at Downtown Disney.”

On August 19, 2014, the Marketplace Boat Dock and Saratoga Bridge opened in Downtown Disney’s Marketplace area. Part of the expansion project of the area, the bridge offered a connection between Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and the shopping area, while the boat dock provided guests ease of access to the West Side and Pleasure Island. The ceremony for the opening was held early that morning, with Keith Bradford, Vice President of Downtown Disney, on hand for the ceremonies.


April 26

April 26, 2018 – The Disney-Pixar Toy Story Land Expansion of Shanghai Disney Opens

“We’re incredibly proud of the success of this one-of-a-kind, world-class destination and we are thrilled to give our Chinese guests even more to explore and enjoy at the resort with the addition of a spectacular new land based on Pixar’s beloved Toy Story characters.” – Bob Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company

On April 26, 2018, the first major expansion of the Shanghai Disneyland park, known as Disney-Pixar Toy Story Land, opened. Shanghai Disneyland, open since 2016, had quickly become the most successful theme park to open in China; likewise, the Toy Story franchise had a huge impact on China, with Toy Story 3 becoming the highest-grossing Pixar film in China at the time. The expansion gave guests the illusion of being the size of a toy as they travel through the exquisitely decorated area, meeting characters from the film and having unique dining experiences. Similar expansions were also built in Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, to much success. The grand opening ceremony featured CEO Bob Iger among a variety of local Chinese government officials and honored guests.

March 21

March 21, 1997 – The Disneyland Restaurant Carnation Café Opens


“Dine on classic American comfort food, including some of Walt’s favorite dishes, at this Main Street, U.S.A. institution.”

On March 21, 1997, the Disneyland patio restaurant Carnation Café opened on Main Street. Along with the rest of the street, Carnation Café is designed to have a feel of the turn-of-the-century, and provides standard American dishes for consumption. Carnation Café offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with highlights of the menu including Walt’s homemade meatloaf, parmesan and panko coated fried pickles, and Chef Oscar’s choice breakfast: two eggs, potatoes, a biscuit, and a choice of bacon or sausage. On June 13, 2012, the café was expanded into the area previously occupied by the Blue Ribbon Bakery, giving the café a new dining room; the menu was revamped to match the changes of the restaurant.