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March 17

March 17, 2016 – The Oasis Bar & Grill Opens in Walt Disney World

“Take a break from the sun and imbibe on some fun at this poolside retreat.”

On Ma­rch 17, 2016, the Oasis Bar & Grill poolside quick service restaurant opened in Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Village Resort. The restaurant provides guests with some light Polynesian-inspired fare, along with a selection of cocktails, beer and wine, and other non-alcoholic beverages.

March 16

March 16, 1974 – The Magic Carpet ‘Round the World Film Attraction Opens in Walt Disney World

On March 16, 1974, the film attraction Magic Carpet ‘Round the World opened in Walt Disney World’s Circle-Vision Theatre in Tomorrowland. The film, replacing America the Beautiful, took guests on a 360 degree journey around the world. The film’s run only lasted until March 14, 1975, and was replaced by a revised version of America the Beautiful. The film was also shown in Tokyo Disneyland, opening on April 15, 1983, and closing on May 16, 1986.

March 15

March 15, 1927 – Former President of Disneyland and Disney Legend Jack Lindquist is Born

“Jack is Jack, no matter where he is or what he is doing. He respects people. He goes out of his way not to be set up on a pedestal.” – Former Executive Vice President of Disneyland Ron Dominquez

On March 15, 1927, Jack Lindquist was born in Chicago, Illinois; he and his family moved to Los Angeles, California when he was four, where he went on to be a child actor. After graduating from the Hollywood High School, he served two years with the United States Air Force before attending the University of Southern California. Lindquist began his career in marketing and advertising, and in 1955, while working as a consultant for a corporate sponsor of what would become Disneyland, he became enamored with the place, and found himself working for Disney a month later. In 1965, Lindquist rose up the corporate ladder after being named the director of marketing, and continued his climb after his work marketing Walt Disney World. In 1972, he was named the Vice President of Marketing for Disneyland and Walt Disney World, but his climb didn’t slow from there: in 1976 he was named Vice President of Marketing for Walt Disney Attractions, followed by another promotion in 1982 to Executive Vice President of Marketing and Entertainment for Disney’s Outdoor Recreation Activities. After setting up the marketing division for Tokyo Disneyland, Lindquist continued to develop promotional ideas for all Disney parks, and in 1990, he was named the President of Disneyland. His legacy during his tenure continues to be felt in several Disneyland areas, including Disney’s California Adventure, as he lobbied for the development of the second park. On November 18, 1993, Lindquist retired after nearly 40 years with the company. He was honored with a window on Main Street a month later, naming him the “Honorary Mayor of Disneyland.” He was honored as a Disney Legend in 1994. Lindquist passed away at the age of 88 on February 28, 2016.

March 11

March 11, 2001 – The Mulan Parade Has its Last Run in Hollywood Studios

“Hey folks! Can I make things happen or what?”

On March 11, 2001, the final run of the Mulan Parade ran through Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios park. The parade, which had begun on June 19, 1998 to replace the Hercules Victory Parade, was originally created to promote the upcoming film; the parade would then go on to run for almost three years. The parade was then replaced by the Parade of the Stars. This was the longest of the three Mulan parades in three Disney Parks, with the Disneyland parade lasting almost a year, and Disneyland Paris’ version not even running for a year.

February 20

February 20, 2013 – The IBM THINK Interactive Attraction Opens in Epcot

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“The THINK exhibit features stories and engaging experiences that appeal to Epcot guests from around the world.”- Lee Green, VP Brand Experience and Strategic Design, IBM

On February 20, 2013, in conjunction with National Engineers Week, the new attraction IBM THINK was unveiled in Epcot’s Innoventions West area. The interactive attraction aims to teach guests about the way the world can work alongside technological innovations. To also celebrate National Engineers week, IBM was on hand to provide nearby high school teachers and students with free STEM lesson plans on iPads and Android tablets.

February 18

February 18, 2002 – Ceremony is Held for Walt Disney World’s Revised Hall of Presidents

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On February 18, 2002, to celebrate President’s Day and the revised version of the Hall of Presidents attraction, a special ceremony was held in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Planned as part of the 100 Years of Magic celebrations, the ceremony included fifty students from the nearby Lost Lake Elementary School leading the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, the Walt Disney World Philharmonic orchestra and the Voices of Liberty performing patriotic pieces, and a look at the newly revised Hall of Presidents attraction, featuring the new Audio-Animatronic figure of 43rd President of the United States George W. Bush.

February 14

February 14, 2013 – “A Celebration of True Love” Event is Held at Walt Disney World

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“On February 14, you’ll have a special chance to re-commit your promise of love with your significant other during ‘A Celebration of True Love’ at Magic Kingdom Park.”

On February 14, 2013, as part of the Limited Time Magic promotions at the Disney Parks, a special event called “A Celebration of True Love” was held at Walt Disney World. Fifty couples gathered at the steps of Cinderella Castle to renew their vows and celebrate the magic of love and Disney. There was a special appearance by Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora, along with their princes, as well as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, to help the couples celebrate with fireworks and heart-shaped confetti.