This Week in Disney History: October 22-28

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. 23, 1941 — Walt Disney’s “Dumbo” is released in theaters
This story of a circus elephant who’s a little different from the rest was Walt Disney’s fourth animated feature and the first following the creative triumph but financial disappointment of “Fantasia.” Reflecting Walt’s desire to infuse simplicity and economy into his studio’s filmmaking, “Dumbo” cost less than all three of his previous animated films to produce, and at 64 minutes in length, was one of his shortest.

Oct. 22
1979 – The 100 millionth Guest visits Magic Kingdom Park
1983 – “The Whale’s Tooth” first aired in Canada
1993 – Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” expanded release
1995 – “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story” a two-hour television movie aired
1998 – The groundbreaking ceremony for Tokyo DisneySea takes place in Japan

Oct. 23
1930 – “The Picnic” (Mickey Mouse cartoon short) debuts
1959 – “The Birth of the Swamp Fox,” the first episode of an 8-part mini-series starring Leslie Nielsen, debuts on “Walt Disney Presents”
1982 – “EPCOT Center: The Opening Celebration,” hosted by Danny Kaye, airs on CBS
1985 – Nine Dragons Restaurant opens in the China pavilion at Epcot
2011 – “Once Upon a Time” drama series premiers on ABC

Oct. 24
1929 – “Springtime” (first of four Silly Symphony cartoons based on the seasons) debuts
1994 – “Gargoyles” the animated series premiered in syndication
1982 – Epcot is officially dedicated at the Walt Disney World Resort
2001 – Disney completes its acquisition of Fox Family Worldwide, including the Fox Family Channel, now Freeform
2008 – “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” was released in the U.S.

Oct. 25
1971 – The Walt Disney World Resort is officially dedicated in Florida
1994 – Buena Vista Home Entertainment releases “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” on home video for the first time
1997 – The Disney Channel original movie “Under Wraps” first aired

Oct. 26
1935 – “Three Orphan Kittens” was released as a Silly Symphony cartoon
1945 – “Cured Duck” (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
1971 – The Electrical Water Pageant on Bay Lake and the Seven Seas Lagoon at Walt Disney World began
1997 – “Tower of Terror” (TV movie) premieres on ABC’s The Wonderful World of Disney
2009 – “Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee!” premieres at Magic Kingdom Park

Oct. 27
1954 – “Disneyland” (television series) debuts with “The Disneyland Story”
1966 – Walt Disney films a 25-minute preview of his Florida project, used later to showcase plans for Walt Disney World to state legislators and businessmen
2002 – “The Santa Clause 2” hosts its world premiere at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood
2002 – The Disney – owned Anaheim Angels defeat the San Francisco Giants to win the World Series
2007 – “The Twilight Zone” Tower of Terror 13K takes place at the Walt Disney World Resort for the first time

Oct. 28
1933 – “The Pet Store” (Mickey Mouse cartoon short) debuts
1962 – “Sammy, the Way-Out Seal” a two-part television show aired
1994 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale”
2008 – “Tinker Bell” the animated feature was released on DVD

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