This Week in Disney History: October 1-7

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:


Oct. 1: 30th anniversary of Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
October 1 is a special day in Disney history because it’s the day dozens of anniversaries are celebrated at The Walt Disney Company – from the opening of Walt Disney World Resort to the day Bob Iger became CEO. But Oct. 1, 2018, is an especially important milestone for Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort because this year, it celebrates its 30th anniversary. Opened in 1988, the resort was hailed as one of the largest hotels in Florida and was Disney’s first moderate resort. It’s pastel architecture and white sand beaches are reminiscent of its namesake: Caribbean beaches. Currently, the resort is undergoing a huge reimagining, including additions to the resort’s Old Port Royale point of entry, dining locations, and even a stop for the all-new Disney Skyliner transportation system.

Oct. 1
1971 – The Magic Kingdom Park officially opens
1971 – Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Polynesian Resort open to Guests
1982 – Epcot opens at the Walt Disney World Resort
1983 – Horizons opens at Epcot
1988 – Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort officially opens
1991 – SpectroMagic debuts at Magic Kingdom Park
1992 – Critter Country, including Splash Mountain and the Beaver Bros. Canoes, opens at Tokyo Disneyland Park
1993 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Cool Runnings”
1994 – Euro Disneyland becomes Disneyland Paris
1999 – The Millennium Celebration officially begins at the Walt Disney World Resort
1999 – The “Leave a Legacy” program begins in the entrance plaza at Epcot
2000 – Conservation Station becomes Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
2005 – Robert A. Iger becomes Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company

Oct. 2
1971 – Admiral Joe Fowler Riverboat opens at Magic Kingdom Park
1983 – Epcot leaders host groundbreaking ceremonies for The Living Seas and Morocco
1992 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “The Mighty Ducks”
1999 – The first Disney’s FASTPASS at Disneyland Paris is offered on Indiana Jones et le Tempil de Péril
2011 – The inaugural Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon takes place at the Walt Disney World Resort

Oct. 3
1955 – “Mickey Mouse Club” debuts on ABC
2004 – “Desperate Housewives” debuts on ABC

Oct. 4
1993 – Mission to Mars closes at Magic Kingdom Park
1998 – The Epcot Discovery Center closes at Epcot

Oct. 5
1949 – Walt Disney Productions releases “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad”
1955 – The Disneyland Hotel opens at Disneyland Resort
2012 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Frankenweenie”

Oct. 6
1989 – A new Disneyland Park marquee sign, colored pink and blue, debuts at the Harbor Blvd. entrance

Oct. 7
1971 – “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” premieres in England
1991 – The Disney Vacation Club preview center opens
1998 – Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin opens at Magic Kingdom Park
1998 – A Disney Theatrical stage musical version of the Aida story opens as “Elaborate Lives: The Legend of Aida” at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta
2002 – a bug’s land opens at Disney California Adventure Park

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