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May 31

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May 31, 2012 – The Ink & Paint Shop Opens in Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

On May 31, 2012, the general merchandise store Ink & Paint Shop opened in Walt Disney World’s Art of Animation Resort. Stylized like an ink and paint repository, complete with giant colorful paint pots, the store provides a variety of Disney-themed merchandise ranging from apparel, to toys, to keychains.

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May 24

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May 24, 2017 – The Captain’s Grille Closes in Walt Disney World

On May 24, 2017, the Captain’s Grille restaurant closed in Walt Disney World’s Yacht Club Resort. It opened on January 1, 2008, replacing the Yacht Club Galley, and featured classic seafood dishes that matched the nautical theme of the resort. It served breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with dishes ranging from smoked salmon on a toasted bagel, New England-style lobster roll, and buttermilk fried rock shrimp. The restaurant was replaced by the Ale & Compass Restaurant on November 4, 2017.

May 17

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May 17, 2004 – The Restaurant The Artist’s Palette Opens

“Delight your palate with a meal at The Artist’s Palette restaurant at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa.”

On May 17, 2004, the counter-service restaurant The Artist’s Palette opened in Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa in Walt Disney World. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant provides quick-service meals such as gourmet sandwiches, savory pies, and salads.

May 3

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May 3, 1997 – The Restaurant Ariel’s Closes

“For a storybook celebration in your own underwater realm, this themed event space at Disney’s Beach Club Resort offers the perfect blend of casual elegance and fish-tale fantasy.”

On May 3, 1997, the themed restaurant Ariel’s, located in Walt Disney World’s Beach Club Resort, officially closed. The seafood restaurant was created to match the nautical theme of the resort, and was named after the main character of the animated feature film The Little Mermaid. After closing, the restaurant’s area was used as a reception venue for weddings held in Walt Disney World. It was briefly reopened in 2017 to accommodate guests while the resort’s main restaurant Captain Grille’s was being refurbished.

March 15

March 15, 1987 – Pickett Suite Resort Opens in Walt Disney World

“Start the day with the bountiful breakfast buffet, then catch a complimentary shuttle to the Disney park of your choice!”

On March 15, 1987, the Pickett Suite Resort opened in Walt Disney World’s Lake Buena Vista area. Although not owned by Disney, it was one of several affordable options open in the area, such as the Doubletree Guest Suite Resort and the Courtyard by Marriott. The name was eventually changed from Pickett Suite to the Guest Quarters Suite Resort. The hotel has since been rebranded as the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando, having been bought by Hilton Hotels, and is still in operation near Disney Springs.

February 18

February 18, 2008 – Disney’s Vero Beach Honors Baseball Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda

“Disney’s Vero Beach has enjoyed a tremendous relationship with Tommy Lasorda and the Los Angeles Dodgers through the years, and we’re absolutely thrilled to name such a central part of our resort in Mr. Lasorda’s honor.” – Sonya Deese-Byrnes, General Manager of Disney Vacation Club Resorts

On February 18, 2008, a special ceremony was held at Disney’s Vero Beach resort, a Disney Vacation Club resort in Walt Disney World. This ceremony honored former Los Angeles Dodgers’ former manager and Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda by renaming the recreation field of the resort as Lasorda Field; the Dodgers have used Vero Beach as a training area, with the Dodgertown training complex opening in 1948. Lasorda was on hand at the renaming ceremony to throw out the first pitch on the field, and was joined at the ceremony by several representatives from the Walt Disney Company, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and children from the local Boys & Girls Club.

December 29

December 29, 1974 – John Lennon Signs Papers at Walt Disney World Dissolving The Beatles

On December 29, 1974, it is widely believed that John Lennon, who was staying on vacation at Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Resort, signed the paperwork that effectively dissolved the partnership of the band the Beatles. Although the rest of the band had signed the papers at Apple Headquarters, Lennon had been a no-show at the meeting, and instead had gone to celebrate Christmas at Walt Disney World with his secretary and lover May Pang.