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Walt Disney World celebrates it's 25th Anniversary.
Magic Kingdom>> Adventureland>> The Enchanted Tiki Birds:
The original attraction ended its quarter-century run at the end of August 1997. A revamped show, featuring some of Disney's newer birds, is set to open in late March 1998.
Magic Kingdom>> Liberty Square>> Mike Fink Keelboats:
The attraction closed during 1997.
EPCOT>> Future World>> GM Test Track:
The opening of the GM Test Track, originally set for May 1997, has been postponed indefinitely, due to ongoing problems with the ride.
EPCOT>> World Showcase>> Canada>> LeCellier Steakhouse:
The cafeteria-style restaurant LeCellier at World Showcase's Canada pavilion was converted to a full-service steakhouse in mid-1997.
EPCOT>> World Showcase>> France Pavilion>> Chefs de France & Au Petit Cafe:
Both of the full service indoor restaurants at the France pavilion closed in June 1997 for renovation into one combined new restaurant.
Studios>> Hollywood Boulevard>> One Saturday Morning:
The Monster Sound Show was changed to One Saturday Morning in June 1997.
GOOSEBUMPS opened in October 1997 at the former Ninja Turtles stage area.
Resorts>> Grand Floridian>> Flagler's:
Citricos, a new restaurant, replacing the former Flagler's, opened at the Grand Floridian November 1997. The restaurant features the cooking of both Florida and the Mediterranean, prepared in a show kitchen.
Resorts>> Coronado Springs:
The complex of 1,967 rooms and suites situated in 3 villages opened on August 1, 1997. Another of Disney's moderately priced resorts which around a 15 acre lake called Lago Dorado.
Recreation>> Downtown Disney:
The nighttime entertainment complex previously known as Pleasure Island & Village Marketplace was re-christened Downtown Disney in 1997. It will consist of three sections: Downtown Disney Marketplace, Downtown Disney Pleasure Island, and Downtown Disney West End.
Recreation>> Lake Buena Vista Golf Club:
Starting in 1997, the previous back nine holes are now being played as the front nine.
Recreation>> Downtown Disney>> West End:
Copperfield Magic Underground - The Store, offering magic-related wares, opened November 1997 in the West End area of Downtown Disney.
Recreation>> Downtown Disney Marketplace>> LEGO Imagination Center:
The LEGO Imagination Center opened in the Downtown Disney Marketplace in October 1997.
Recreation>> Downtown Disney West End>> Bongos Cuban Cafe:
Bongos Cuban Cafe opened September 1997 in the West End area of Downtown Disney. The restaurant, created by Gloria and Emilio Estefan, features the Latin cuisine of Miami's South Beach.
Recreation>> Downtown Disney West End>> House of Blues:
The House of Blues opened September 1997 in the West End area of Downtown Disney.
Recreation>> Downtown Disney West End>> Wolfgang Puck's Cafe:
Wolfgang Puck's Cafe opened September 1997 in the West End area of Downtown Disney.
Recreation>> Downtown Disney West End>> Virgin Records Megastore:
the Virgin Records Megastore opened September 1997 in the West End area of Downtown Disney.
Recreation>> Blizzard Beach:
Side-by-side racing slides, the Downhill Double Dipper, were added in mid-1997.
Recreation>> Downtown Disney Marketplace>> Wolfgang Puck Express:
Wolfgang Puck Express opened mid-1997 in the Downtown Disney Marketplace, serving better-than-your-average fast food.
Recreation>> Disney's Wide World of Sports>> The NFL Experience:
This previously temporary exhibit erected at each year's Super Bowl site now makes a permanent home at Disney's Wide World of Sports, as of mid-1997.
Recreation>> Downtown Disney West End>> AMC Cinema:
The AMC 10 Cinema expanded to the AMC 24 Cinema at the beginning of the summer of 1997. Eight of the original ten screens remain as they were, while two of the original screens and the 14 new screens are stadium auditoriums with full digital sound. A second entrance has been added that opens into the new Downtown Disney West End area. This will be AMC's national flagship site.
Recreation>> Disney's Wide World of Sports:
Disney's Wide World of Sports is a multi-sport complex located near the US192 entrance to Walt Disney World. Opened in the spring of 1997, the complex includes facilities for more than 25 different types of sports, including a baseball stadium that will serve as the spring training site for the Atlanta Braves.
Recreation>> Richard Petty Driving Experience:
Located at the Walt Disney World Speedway (at the back of the Magic Kingdom parking lot), the Richard Petty Driving Experience began offering in the spring of 1997 the chance to ride in--or even drive--a real stock car at speeds up to 145 mph.
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