This Day in Disney History June 28
1957: “Date Nite” Begins at Disneyland
This day in 1957 literally changed Disney theme parks as we know them today with the premiere of Date Nite at Disneyland. For Disneyland’s first two years it was primarily a daytime park, but beginning in May 1957 it would begin nighttime operation, daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. A month later, with the new Date Nite concept, it would extend its operating hours until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, and for the first time attempt to attract young dating couples as a dating hot spot.
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1988: Disney’s Grand Floridian Beach Resort Opens
Victorian elegance meets modern sophistication at this lavish Disney Resort hotel. Relax in the sumptuous lobby as the live orchestra plays ragtime, jazz and popular Disney tunes. Unwind outdoors, indulge in a luxurious massage and watch evening fireworks light up the sky over Cinderella Castle. Just one stop to Magic Kingdom park on the complimentary Resort Monorail, this timeless Victorian-style marvel evokes Palm Beach’s golden era.
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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a AAA Four Diamond Award–winning, Victorian themed luxury hotel and spa located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The property opened on June 28, 1988 as the Grand Floridian Beach Resort. The name changed to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa during the fall of 1997. The resort contains 867 rooms among six buildings at an average of 400 square feet (37 m2) per room.
2003: Disneyland park hosts the world premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”
From Disney Insider | Oh My Disney:
On June 28, 2003, the premiere for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was held at Disneyland. Guests walked on what was called “the world’s longest red carpet,” one that stretched all the way down Main Street, and sat on specially installed bleachers facing the Rivers of America, where a giant screen towered in front of Tom Sawyer Island, steps away from the original Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. The premiere was the first ever held at Disneyland and was the first indication that the movie, which was something of an unknown up until that point, was destined for greatness.