Today in Disney History

Tokyo Disneyland: May 17, 1986
American Journeys, a CircleVision 360 film debuts at Tokyo Disneyland.
 
 Walt Disney World:  May 17, 1991
Phase I of the new budget conscious resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort, a re-creation of the streets and rowhouses of New Orleans’ French Quarter, opens at 2201 Orleans Drive in Walt Disney World. The resort initially offers 432 guest rooms in 3 buildings, however an additional 4 buildings remain under construction on opening day housing 1,008 rooms.  The resort offers shopping (Jackson Square Gifts and Desires) and dining (Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory food court and Bonfamille’s Cafe restaurant).  Located on the shores of the Sassagoula River, the resort is just a short boat ride away from the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village & Marketplace and the nighttime entertainment district of Pleasure Island.
  
Walt Disney World:  May 17, 2004
Phase I of Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, the 7th Disney Vacation Club property, but the 5th resort located at Walt Disney World, opens.  The initial phase, called “Congress Park” has 3 buildings containing 184 Vacation Villas, or a possible 280 guest rooms. This resort, located at 1960 Broadway on 65 acres directly across Lake Buena Vista from Downtown Disney, and  inspired by the horse racing culture and famed 1880’s spas found in its’ upstate New York area namesake, is situated on the former site of the Disney Institute which closed in 2002.   (Phase II will later open in 2005, Phase III in 2007 and Phase IV, the re-created Treehouse Villas in 2009.  By the end of construction, the resort will include 828 Vacation Villas or a possible 1260 guest rooms.) 

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