This Week in Disney History: October 29-November 4

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:

MK - Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin

Nov. 3, 1998 — Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin opens at Magic Kingdom Park
Inspired by the opening sequence of “Toy Story 2,” this Omnimover attraction is located in the former home of If You Had Wings at the Magic Kingdom Park and even makes use of its ellipsoid-screened “speed room.” Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters at Disneyland Park takes the adventure to the next level with new targets and online play, while Toy Story Mania at Disney California Adventure Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers a 3-D, spring-loaded twist with multiple games and characters from Pixar’s “Toy Story” trilogy.

Oct. 29
1971 – The television special “The Grand Opening of Walt Disney World” aired
1983 – “Hansel and Gretel” directed by Tim Burton on 16 mm, aired on the Disney Channel
1993 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

Oct. 30
1930 – “Winter” (Silly Symphony) debuts
1963 – Walt Disney Productions releases “The Incredible Journey”
1982 – “Disney’s Halloween Treat” television show aired
2005 – The world premiere of “Chicken Little” is held at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood
2012 – The Walt Disney Company announces that it will acquire Lucasfilm Ltd.

Oct. 31
1936 – “The Country Cousin” (Silly Symphony) debuts
1939 – Date of the fateful disappearance of five elevator passengers at the Hollywood Tower Hotel in “The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror”
1952 – “Two Weeks Vacation” (Goofy short) debuts

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Nov. 1
1940 – “Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip” (Mickey Mouse short) debuts
1966 – Walt Disney receives the American Forest Association Award for “outstanding service in the conservation of American resources of forests, soil, water, wildlife, recreation.”
1986 – The Golden Horseshoe Jamboree premieres at Disneyland Park, replacing the Golden Horseshoe Revue
1990 – The first international Disney Store opens on Regent Street in London, England
2003 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Brother Bear”

Nov. 2
1951 – “Out of Scale” (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
2001 – Disney-Pixar releases “Monsters, Inc.”
2012 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Wreck-It Ralph”
2012 – Earl of Sandwich officially opens in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

Nov. 3
1950 – “Hold That Pose” (Goofy cartoon short featuring the first appearance of Humphrey the bear) debuts
1977 – Walt Disney Productions premieres “Pete’s Dragon”
2006 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”

Nov. 4
1938 – “Donald’s Golf Game” (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
2005 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Chicken Little”
2016 – Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Marvel Studios release “Doctor Strange”

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