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December 13

December 13, 2010 – The Food Location Mrs. Potts’ Cupboard Closes

On December 13, 2010, the quick-service food location Mrs. Potts’ Cupboard closed. Open since March of 1994 after replacing The Round Table, the location served a variety of ice cream treats and drinks. The structure was revamped whenever major changes came to Fantasyland, with changed including the addition of a clock tower, and a thatched roof. It was replaced by Storybook Treats.

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December 6

December 6, 2012 – The Attraction Under the Sea: Voyage of the Little Mermaid Opens in Walt Disney World

“Descend below the waves – without ever getting wet – for a whimsical musical adventure awash with scenes from the animated classic.”

On December 6, 2012, the dark-ride attraction Under the Sea: Voyage of the Little Mermaid opened in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park as part of the New Fantasyland expansion. Guests board a clamshell and take a journey through the story of The Little Mermaid, complete with music and dancing audio-animatronic figures. The attraction was also given an interactive queue area, where guests need to find objects to help Scuttle. This attraction is similar to The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure in Disney California Adventure park.

November 29

November 29, 2009 – Sleigh Rides are Offered at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

“…a fire-engine red sleigh with garland and holiday lights will take you through parts of the 700-acre backwoods resort.”

On November 29, 2009, the first sleigh rides were offered at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground at Walt Disney World. Part of the park’s holiday offerings, the sleigh ride began from the Blacksmith’s Shop in the Settlement area and took guests through the scenic woods for a 25-minute ride. The ride cost $60 per group, and has become a popular holiday tradition for the resort.

November 25

November 25, 1971 – The Circarama Film America the Beautiful Begins Showing in Walt Disney World

“She is a rich land, and a rare land. A fresh, and fair, land.”

On November 25, 1971, the 360 degree film (known technically as a Circarama film) America the Beautiful began showing in Walt Disney World’s Tomorrowland. It originally was shown at the Brussels World’s Fair in 1958, and was brought to Disneyland in 1960; it was reshot a few times, including once for America’s Bicentennial celebrations, and it eventually closed in Disneyland on January 3, 1984, and was replaced by American Journeys. The original Walt Disney World showing of the film lasted until March 15, 1974; it was brought back on March 15, 1975, and lasted until September 9, 1984.

November 24

November 24, 1995 – The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights Begins Showing in Walt Disney World

On November 24, 1995, the popular holiday display Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights began showing on the Residential Street Backlot area of Disney-MGM Studios (now Hollywood Studios Park). This attraction began in 1986 as a neighborhood holiday light show by Jennings and Mitzi Osborne of Little Rock, Arkansas. The display grew bigger and bigger throughout the years, with more and more people stopping by to see the display; neighbors filed a lawsuit, and the light display was shut down by the Arkansas Supreme Court. This lawsuit caught the attention of Disney, who offered to set up the display in Disney-MGM rather than a residential neighborhood in Orlando. The attraction was a top draw for guests during the holiday season, especially with the addition of the “dancing lights,” which were timed along to a list of holiday music. The display ended its run on January 6, 2016.

November 18

November 18, 2016 – The Restaurant PizzeRizzo Opens in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

“Stop on by for pizza, a meatball sub or antipasto salad at this friendly neighborhood joint run by Rizzo, the wise-cracking Muppet.”

On November 18, 2016, the quick-service restaurant PizzeRizzo opened in Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios park. Taking the place of the Pizza Planet Arcade, the restaurant is designed like a New York City pizzeria with a Muppet theme; the proprietor of the restaurant is Muppet character Rizzo the Rat. The menu includes various kinds of single-serve pizzas, a meatball sub, and an antipasto salad.

November 5

November 5, 2007 – The Partners Federal Credit Union is Officially Formed

“Imagine what we can do together.”

On November 5, 2007, the merger of the Vista Federal Credit Union and the Partners Federal Credit Union to create the new Partners Federal Credit Union for Disneyland and Walt Disney World employees.  The previous two credit unions had a long history of operation, with the original Partners Federal Credit Union beginning operation on March 18, 1968, and the Vista Federal Credit Union beginning on April 26, 1960. Created as “cast members serving cast members,” the credit union offers several banking and financing services.