This Week in Disney History: July 23-29

There’s always a great, big, beautiful tomorrow at The Walt Disney Company, because every day is tied to a milestone in the heritage and rich history of a company that has been entertaining millions of people every year. Published every week, this interesting series features highlights from all the divisions of The Walt Disney Company. Let's see what happened this week:


This week:
New Orleans Square was dedicated at Disneyland on July 24, 1966 by Walt Disney and the mayor of New Orleans. Disney had always enjoyed New Orleans; in fact, it was in an antique shop there that he found an old windup mechanical bird that would give him the idea for Audio-Animatronics. He felt the unique New Orleans architecture would add an ideal touch along the banks of the Rivers of America, so he set his designers to coming up with a plan. The space they had to work with was not large, so they were ingenious in fitting in everything that they wanted to include. It not only houses the major attractions of Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion, but features shops and restaurants as well.

July 23
1928 – “Sleigh Bells,” an Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon is released
1999 – “Inspector Gadget” is released by Walt Disney Pictures in association with Caravan Pictures
2016 – AbracadaBar cocktail lounge opens on the BoardWalk at Walt Disney World Resort

July 24
1942 – Donald’s Gold Mine, a cartoon featuring Donald Duck and directed by Dick Lundy is released
1966 – Walt Disney dedicates New Orleans Square in Disneyland with the Mayor of New Orleans
1985 – The Black Cauldron is released by Walt Disney Pictures
1989 – Tony’s Town Square Restaurant opens in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World
1999 – Disney Channel Original Movie “Johnny Tsunami” airs on television
2009 – “G-Force,” a film about highly trained spy guinea pigs is released by Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films

July 25
1927 – “Alice the Whaler” black and white cartoon short by Walt Disney is released by Winkler Pictures
1936 – “Alpine Climbers,” a Mickey Mouse cartoon directed by Dave Hand, is released

July 26
2002 – “The Country Bears” film is released, inspired by the attraction at Walt Disney World Resort
2013 – Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer declared this day “Charles Ridgway Day” in the City of Orlando

July 27
1945 – Pluto cartoon “Canine Casanova” is released
1956 – “In the Bag, ” a special cartoon directed by Jack Hannah, is released in CinemaScope

July 28
1931 – “The Cat’s Out,” a Silly Symphony cartoon directed by Wilfred Jackson, is released
1951 – “Nature’s Half Acre,” a True-Life Adventure featurette noted for its time-lapse photography was released.
1989 – “Turner & Hooch” was released by Touchstone Pictures
1994 – Ground was broken for Disney’s Vero Beach Resort in Vero Beach, Fla.

July 29
1930 – “The Shindig,” a Mickey Mouse cartoon is released
1938 – A cartoon featuring Donald Duck and Goofy, called “The Fox Hunt,” is released
1988 – The film “Cocktail” is released by Touchstone Pictures
1998 – “The Parent Trap,” a remake of the 1961 Hayley Mills film, is released
1999 – Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is dedicated at Disney-MGM Studios (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios) at Walt Disney World Resort

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