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January 2

January 2, 1996 – The World of Motion Pavilion Closes

“It’s fun to be free, to be on the move, to go anywhere with ever a care to.”

On January 2, 1996, the World of Motion Pavilion in Epcot’s Future World officially closed. Sponsored by General Motors, the pavilion provided guests a look at the history of automobiles, with a section called the Transcenter serving as a look at the future of cars. The attraction was replaced by the new General Motors attraction Test Track, which began soft openings in December, 1998.

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December 18

December 18, 1992 – The It’s a Small World Toy Shoppe Opens in Disneyland

On December 18, 1992, the specialty shop It’s a Small World Toy Shoppe opened in Disneyland’s Fantasyland. The shop, sponsored by Mattel, was opened at the exit of the famous it’s a small world attraction and features several toys and games, along with attraction-themed merchandise such as apparel and cell-phone cases.

December 1

December 1, 1955 – The Maxwell House Coffee House Opens in Disneyland

“Famous Disneyland serves Maxwell House coffee exclusively”

On December 1, 1955, the Maxwell House Coffee House opened in Disneyland’s Town Square. Sponsored by Maxwell House coffee, the restaurant served a variety of beverages and pastries, and was in a prime location where guests could drink coffee and watch other guests meander through Main Street. Maxwell House ended their sponsorship on October 8, 1957. Once the sponsorship ended, however, the coffee house stayed open and was given new sponsorship from the Hills Brothers coffee company.

October 8

October 8, 1957 – The Maxwell House Coffee House Closes

“Famous Disneyland serves Maxwell House coffee exclusively”

On October 8, 1957, the Maxwell House Coffee House, located in Disneyland, closed. Located in Town Square, the coffee house opened on December 1, 1955. Though this particular coffee house lasted close to two-years, it didn’t close down entirely, but changed sponsorship from Maxwell House to Hills Brothers, a San Francisco-based coffee brand.

August 11

August 11, 1955 – Casa de Fritos Opens in Disneyland

“Enjoy delicious Mexican foods at Casa de Fritos”

On August 11, 1955, the restaurant Casa de Fritos opened in Disneyland’s Frontierland. Serving Mexican food, the restaurant was famed for its specialty vending machine where kids could get a bag of Fritos chips by the Frito Kid. Guests could order dishes such as Frito Chili Pie for 55 cents, three tamales for 35 cents, and a Mexican combination plate for only $1.00; Fritos were provided for free with every dish. The restaurant was given an upgrade and a new name – Casa Mexicana – on October 1, 1982, and would go on to become Rancho del Zocalo on February 6, 2001.

July 16

July 16, 1955 – The Golden Horseshoe Opens for a Private Party

On July 16, 1955, the Golden Horseshoe Saloon opened for a private party for corporate sponsors of Disneyland, which was to open the next day. Though the Golden Horseshoe Revue wasn’t to begin its run until the park’s official opening day, the saloon’s private party did feature eventual show mainstay Wally Boag in his first official appearance as Pecos Bill and the Traveling Salesman.

April 5

April 5, 1956 – The Display Attraction Crane Company Bathroom of Tomorrow Opens in Disneyland

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“This fabulous bathroom, actually designed for the future, is available for your home today!”

On April 5, 1956, the display attraction Bathroom of Tomorrow opened in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. Sponsored by the Crane Plumbing Company, the attraction featured the newest ideas in designs for the bathroom, though was only meant to be viewed rather than used. Several notable designers were involved in the creation of the attraction, including Henry Dreyfuss, best known for the designs of the Hoover vacuum cleaner and the John Deere tractors. The attraction boasted many ideas deemed commonplace today, including air conditioning. Part of the attraction was interactive: guests were able to play with some faucets activated by larger wheels near the opening of the exhibit. The attraction was officially closed on August 31, 1960.