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October 14

October 14, 2010 – Duffy the Disney Bear Makes Official Debut in American Disney Parks

“He’s Mickey’s very own teddy bear…made with love by Minnie herself.”

On October 14, 2010, the character of Duffy the Disney Bear made his official debut in the North American Disney Parks, particularly Epcot in Walt Disney World and Disney California Adventure. A popular character in Tokyo DisneySea, the character was introduced as Mickey’s special bear given to him by Minnie before he set off on a long adventure; the bear originated in Wat Disney World’s Once Upon a Toy as a Disney-themed teddy bear, but was given a backstory when he was brought over to Japan. Duffy, in his character meet-and-greets, wears a special sailor suit. In addition to being added to parks as a meet-and-greet and in merchandise, Duffy got a special program in Epcot where younger guests could take a Duffy mask from country to country, where they could learn about the countries in the World Showcase and earn special Duffy stamps.

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October 11

October 11, 2003 – The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter Attraction Closes

“A world with so many eager customers is always worth our greatest effort.”

On October 11, 2003, the ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter attraction officially closed in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. A joint attraction between Disney and George Lucas that opened on June 20, 1995, it featured the story of an alien that was accidentally transported into the X-S Tech laboratory. A dark sci-fi themed interactive sensory adventure, it featured binaural sound and other effects to enhance what came to be known as a “4D” experience. The attraction was replaced with Stitch’s Great Escape!, which used a majority of ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter’s technology.

October 10

October 10, 2002 – The Walt Disney Company and Frito-Lay Announce Multi-Year Partnership

“Our presence at Disney properties is a new channel for us to offer a wide variety of fun snacks catering to consumers’ needs.” – Frito-Lay President and CEO Al Bru

On October 10, 2002, it was announced in a press release that the Walt Disney Company and Frito-Lay had entered into a multi-year agreement where Frito-Lay products would be featured in Walt Disney World and Disneyland Parks. Not only would Frito-Lay snacks, such as Doritos and Lay’s chips, be sold in the parks’ restaurants and snack kiosks, but Frito-Lay would also sponsor several attractions, such as the California Screamin’ roller coaster in Disney California Adventure.

October 5

October 5, 1977 – Kikkoman Begins Sponsorship of Adventureland Veranda

“Welcome from KIKKOMAN”

On October 5, 1977, the Japanese food manufacturer Kikkoman began their sponsorship of the Adventureland Veranda, located in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park. The Veranda served tropical-themed fast food dishes, including a burger with a ring of pineapple. Kikkoman’s corporate sponsorship ended in 1994 when the Adventureland Veranda closed.

October 1

October 1, 1982 – The Specialty Snack Shop Süssigkeiten Opens in Epcot’s Germany’s Pavilion

On October 1, 1982, the German snack shop Süssigkeiten opened in the Germany Pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase. Süssigkeiten, which means “sweets” in German, featured a variety of German treats, ranging from Haribo gummies to Lorenz Pomsticks. The store was renamed to the Stein Haus, and features the same snacks alongside a variety of beer steins and other German-related merchandise.

September 30

September 30, 1999 – The Tangierine Café Opens in Epcot’s World Showcase

“Step into this charming Mediterranean eatery known for its authentic shawarma platters, tempting pastries and specialty coffee drinks.”

On September 30, 1999, the eatery Tangierine Café Opened in the Morocco Pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase. This quick service café provides simple Moroccan dishes, including a shawarma lamb platter, lentil salad, and marinated olives. The café also provides a special kids menu, which includes a hamburger and chicken nuggets.

September 29

September 29, 2017 – The BaseLine Tap House Opens in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

“Venture down to this cheery corner pub specializing in California brews and wine.”

On September 29, 2017, the BaseLine Tap House opened on Grand Avenue in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The bar, replacing Buy the Book/The Writer’s Stop coffee house and bookstore, sells a variety of California-based wines and beers; the bar itself is reminiscent of modern-day LA, created with a warehouse theme. Guests can also purchase a variety of snacks to accompany their drinks, which they can enjoy on the bar’s terrace.