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All Star Cafe: This restaurant location at the Wide World of Sports opened on February 26, 1998 and was originally operated by Planet Hollywood International. Disney took over the lease in March of 2000 and then the eatery closed on September 30, 2007. It became the What's Next Cafe on November 21, 2007 and in 2010 became known as The ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill.
Bonnet Creek Golf Club: Opened in 1992 and in February 2005 the name was changed to The Eagle Pines & Osprey Ridge Golf Club. Eagle Pines closed in 2007 and Osprey Ridge was incorporated into the Four Seasons Resort Tranquilo Golf Club with a new Tom Fazio design in 2014.
Crossroads: This shopping center opened in February of 1989 across the street from Downtown Disney. It featured a Gooding's supermarket, shops, a McDonald's and a Pirate's Cove miniature golf course. It used to be owned by Disney but was sold to GE Capital Realty Group in 2001.
Disney Dollars: Disney-themed currency that was offered at the Disney parks from May 5, 1987 to May 14, 2016.
Kennels: Pet kennels were located at the Transportation and Ticket Center, Epcot, the Studios, Animal Kingdom and Fort Wilderness. In addition to pets, you could have your plants taken care of too for no charge! The kennels were sponsored through the years by pet food companies such as Kal-Kan and Friskies. They all closed in 2010 and pet care was taken over by the Best Friends Pet Care located on Bonnet Creek Parkway.
Kindercare Center: The first location opened May 25, 1981 and a second on August 27, 1984. Central Florida YMCA took over the centers in 2004.
Magic Music Days: Program where school bands and chorus groups could perform at the parks. It began in 1985 and was renamed Disney Performing Arts in 2011. Walt Disney World had other music programs including the Disney Band Festival Program/All-American College Band (1972-2001) and the Guest Band Program (1975, for America on Parade).
Pal Mickey: A Mickey Mouse doll that would use sensors planted throughout the park to provide tips, play games and tell jokes. It premiered in April of 2003 and until December 1, 2004, the dolls could be rented instead of bought. A Spanish speaking Pal Mickey was available starting on October 5, 2003. An updated Pal Mickey was introduced in May of 2005 in conjunction with the Happiest Celebration on Earth and was sold until 2008.
Preview Center: Open from January 10, 1970 until September 30, 1971, guests could get a sneak peek at Walt Disney World at this location located on Preview Blvd (now Hotel Plaza Blvd) near what is now Disney Springs. Models were on display and a film was shown. There was also a shop and snack bar. The building was later known as the Reception Center and was where guests of Walt Disney World Village hotels would check in. The building was also a post office at one time. The former Preview Center is still standing and is now the Amateur Athletic Union.
Walt Disney World Speedway: Located near the Magic Kingdom parking lot, this racetrack opened on November 28, 1995. The Richard Petty Driving Experience began on February 7, 1997 and an Indy Racing Experience in November of 2008. There was also an Exotic Course built for the Richard Petty Exotic Driving Experience that opened in January of 2012. The speedway closed August 9, 2015.
What's Next Cafe: Formerly the All Star Cafe, it was located at the Wide World of Sports. It opened on November 21, 2007 and in 2010 became known as The ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill.
Remember how the bathrooms at the parks used to dispense powdered soap? After pushing up on the lever, a pile of powder would fall in your hand, which would dissolve when washing your hands. These dispensers were replaced by liquid soap dispensers after the Anthrax scare in 2001. The old dispensers were still mounted on the walls for a little bit but the levers were removed. This photo was taken in the washroom outside of Epcot near the pet kennel in 2002. I got some strange looks when I took this picture!
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