This Week in Disney History: February 11-17, 2019

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:


Feb. 16, 2000 - Disneyland Park kicks off its 45th anniversary celebration
The original Magic Kingdom looked to the stars for inspiration behind an all-new parade and fireworks spectacular to celebrate a milestone year. The aptly named 45 Years of Magic Parade transformed Main Street, U.S.A. into a sight straight from “Fantasia 2000,” with giraffes, sea horses and blue whales mixing with Disney characters and more than 70 park Guests dancing in each performance. The “Believe ? There’s Magic in the Stars” fireworks spectacular replaced the long running “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks, featuring new pyrotechnic elements like shooting comets and starbursts, plus low-level elements closer to spectators watching from Sleeping Beauty Castle.

The procession ran as the Parade of the Stars through 2004, and “Believe” continued until the park’s 50th anniversary celebration began in 2005. The year 2000 also brought Tarzan’s Treehouse and a reimagined Autopia to Disneyland Park, plus the introduction of Disney Pin Trading.

Feb. 11
1932 – “The Grocery Boy” (Mickey Mouse cartoon) debuts
1938 – “Self Control” (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1949 – “Donald’s Happy Birthday” (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1990 – “A Ducktales Valentine!” (television show) airs
2000 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “The Tigger Movie”
2005 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Pooh’s Heffalump Movie”
2012 – First Lady Michelle Obama visits ESPN Wide World of Sports complex as part of a physical fitness initiative

Feb. 12
1945 – “The Right Spark Plug in the Right Place” (training film) is delivered to Electric Auto-Lite Company
1989 – “Mickey’s Happy Valentine Special” (television show) airs
1993 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey”
1999 – “Pluto Gets the Paper: Spaceship” (animated short) debuts
1999 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “My Favorite Martian”

Feb. 13
1952 – “The Olympic Elk” (True-Life Adventure featurette) debuts
1957 – “Tricks of Our Trade” (television show) airs
1959 – “Duck Flies Coop” (television show) airs
1965 – “Freewayphobia No. 1” (Goofy cartoon) debuts
1982 – “A Disney Valentine” (television show) airs
1999 – “Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You” (television show) airs
2010 – “Kick Buttowski – Suburban Daredevil” (television series) debuts on Disney XD
2015 – “Bad Hair Day” (Disney Channel Original Movie) airs
2015 – “Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero” (television series) debuts on Disney XD
2017 – Geyser Point Pool Bar & Grill opens at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge at Walt Disney World Resort

Feb. 14
1941 – “The Little Whirlwind” (Mickey Mouse cartoon) debuts
1946 – “The Building of a Tire” (educational film) is delivered to the Firestone Tire and Rubber Co.
1984 – “Disney’s All-Star Valentine Party” (television show) airs
1997 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “That Darn Cat”
2000 – “New True-Life Adventures” (television series) debuts in syndication
2011 – Disney Junior debuts as a programming block on Disney Channel
2011 – “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” (television series) debuts on Disney Channel

Feb. 15
1925 – “Alice Solves the Puzzle” (Alice Comedy) debuts
1926 – “Alice’s Mysterious Mystery” (Alice Comedy) debuts
1930 – “Autumn” (Silly Symphony) debuts
1936 – “Orphan’s Picnic” (Mickey Mouse cartoon) debuts
1950 – Walt Disney Productions releases “Cinderella”
1956 – “Our Unsung Villains” (television show) airs
1998 – “The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon” (television movie) debuts on “The Wonderful World of Disney” on ABC
2002 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Return to Never Land”

Feb. 16
1955 – “Cavalcade of Songs” (television show) airs
1986 – “The Last Electric Knight” (television movie) kicks off the new series “Sidekicks” on ABC
1996 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Muppet Treasure Island”
2009 – “Dadnapped” (Disney Channel Original Movie) debuts
2018 – “Zombies” (Disney Channel Original Movie) debuts
2018 – Marvel Studios releases “Black Panther”

Feb. 17
1934 – “Camping Out” (Mickey Mouse cartoon) debuts
1995 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Heavyweights”
2006 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Eight Below”
2012 – “Minnie’s Fly Girls Charter Airline” musical show debuts at Disney California Adventure Park at Disneyland Resort
2012 – “Radio Rebel” (Disney Channel Original Movie) debuts
2017 – “Rivers of Light” nighttime show officially opens at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park at Walt Disney World Resort

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