This Week in Disney History: August 27-September 2

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: 
On Sept. 2, 1979, the Frontierland attraction Big Thunder Mountain Railroad opened at Disneyland. Guests embark on a harrowing journey through dark caverns and deep sandstone gorges, encountering swarming bats, crashing landslides, and rumbling earthquakes along the way. Disney designer Tony Baxter was intrigued by the scenery at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, so he designed Big Thunder Mountain to resemble it. The mountain itself is completely manufactured, with Disney Imagineers becoming expert on using cement and paint to create realistic-looking rocks. To add atmosphere of the gold rush era of the Old West, the designers scoured the ghost towns of the western states and came up with ore carts, cogwheels, buckets, and other authentic mining equipment.

Aug. 27
1948 – The animated Donald Duck cartoon “Inferior Decorator” debuts
1943 – Special cartoon “Reason and Emotion” was released
1964 – “Mary Poppins” debuts at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Calif.

Aug. 28
1957 – The animated special cartoon featurette “The Truth About Mother Goose” debuts
2003 – Lucky the Dinosaur debuts at Disney California Adventure Park

Aug. 29
1955 – The Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship and Restaurant opens at Disneyland
1964 – Walt Disney Productions releases “Mary Poppins”
1998 – “Brink!” a Disney Channel original movie debuts
2011 – Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, opens in Hawaii

Aug. 30
1940 – The animated short “Pluto’s Dream House” debuts
2005 – The animated film “Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch” debuts

Aug. 31
1935 – The animated short “Pluto’s Judgment Day” debuts
1938 – Walt and Roy O. Disney made a deposit on 51 acres in Burbank, CA, for a new studio
1948 – Walt Disney issues a memo outlining ideas for “Mickey Mouse park,” which eventually developed into Disneyland Park
2009 – The Walt Disney Company announces its purchase of Marvel Entertainment, Inc.
2012 – The animated film “Secret of the Wings” debuts

Sept. 1
1939 – The Donald Duck cartoon short “The Autograph Hound” debuts
2000 – Pooh’s Hunny Hunt Attraction opens in Tokyo Disneyland
1997 –  The animated television series “101 Dalmatians: The Series” aired

Sept. 2
1933 – “Puppy Love” (Mickey Mouse cartoon short) debuts
1979 – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad opens at Disneyland
1991 – Casting Center opens at the Disneyland Paris Resort

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