Today in Disney Parks & Resorts History

Walt Disney World:  September 15, 1996
The Universe of Energy at Epcot reopens after a lengthy refurbishment as The Universe of Energy: Ellen’s Energy Crisis, and now features comedian Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Nye “The Science Guy”, TV game show host Alex Trebek, and actree Jamie Lee Curtis.  (The attraction will later be re-named Ellen’s Energy Adventure).
 
Walt Disney World:  September 15, 1997:
At Downtown Disney, the all new West Side premieres..This 66-acre addition to the existing Downtown Disney shopping, dining, and entertainment complex (which originally opened in March 1975 as the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village) features Wolfgang Puck Cafè, House of Blues, Bongos Cuban Cafè, Virgin Megastore, plus an expanded AMC cinema, now called the the AMC Pleasure Island 24. This new addition is the largest of the three Downtown Disney areas (which includes Pleasure Island and the original section, the Marketplace).

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