This Week in Disney History: September 17-23

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. 17, 2002, Kingdom Hearts, the action and role-playing video game series including Disney characters was released in the U.S. Kingdom Hearts follows the story of light overcoming darkness with the power of friendship. It highlights a series of games developed and published by Square Enix under the direction of Tetsuya Nomura in collaboration with Disney Interactive Studios. The main character Sora, a keyblade wielder, travels to many Disney worlds with Donald and Goofy to stop the heartless invasion by sealing each world’s keyhole and restoring peace to the realms.

Sept. 17
1932 – The Mickey Mouse cartoon short “The Whoopee Party” debuts
1991 – “Home Improvement” (television series) debuts on ABC
2002 – “Kingdom Hearts” the action and role-playing video game including Disney Characters was released
2002 – “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter” (television series) debuts on ABC
2006 – Former Cast Member Kevin Broady wins the inaugural Disneyland Half Marathon

Sept. 18
1986 – “Captain EO” officially opens at Disneyland Park
1986 – “Siskel & Ebert and the Movies” (television series) debuts
1989 – Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Ranger (television series) debuts in syndication
1987 – The “DuckTales” two-hour movie event “DuckTales: Treasure of the Golden Suns” debuts
2012 – “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta!” direct-to-DVD was released

Sept. 19
1952 – The cartoon short “Pluto’s Party” debuts
1989 – “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” is selected for preservation in the National Film Registry
2001 – “Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream” opens for Guest previews at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort

Sept. 20
1940 – The Donald Duck cartoon short “Window Cleaners” debuts
2011 – Disney announces a long-term creative partnership with James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox Filmed Entertainment to bring the world of “Avatar” to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
2011 –  “Spooky Buddies” direct-to-DVD was released
2003 – “Lilo & Stitch, the series”debuts on ABC

Sept. 21
1951 – The Pluto cartoon short “Cold Turkey” debuts
1987 – The animated series “DuckTales” debuts in syndication
2001 – The “Share a Dream Come True” parade debuts at Magic Kingdom Park
2001 – “The Proud Family,”an animated sitcom on Disney Channel Premiered
2010 – Tinker Bell receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, coinciding with the release of Disney’s “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue”

Sept. 22
1965 – The animated short “Goofy’s Freeway Trouble” debuts
1984 – The Walt Disney Company Board of Directors elects Michael Eisner Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, and Frank Wells is elected President and Chief Operating Officer
1997 – “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” (television series) debuts
2004 – The television series “Lost” debuts on ABC

Sept. 23
1938 – The Mickey Mouse cartoon short “Brave Little Tailor” debuts
1980 – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad opens at Magic Kingdom Park
1990 – “The Magical World of Disney” moves to The Disney Channel
2004 – Castle-topping ceremony takes place at Hong Kong Disneyland

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