This Week in Disney History: February 18-24, 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:


This week: 
Eighty years ago at the 11th annual Academy Awards ceremony, top box-office star Shirley Temple presented Walt Disney with an honorary Academy Award for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs(1937), a truly special “special” award consisting of one full-size Oscar along with seven “dwarf” statuettes.

Feb. 18
1933 – Mickey’s Pal Pluto(Mickey Mouse cartoon) debuts
1939 – Mickey’s Surprise Party(cartoon commercial) is delivered to the National Biscuit Co. for showing at the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair
1953 – The Alaskan Eskimo(People and Places featurette) debuts
1960 – The Winter Olympic Games opening ceremony, produced by Walt Disney, is held in Squaw Valley, California
1995 – The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes(two-hour television movie remake) airs on ABC
2000 – The 45 Years of Magic Parade and “Believe… There’s Magic in the Stars” fireworks show debut at Disneyland Park
2011 – I Am Number Four (film) debuts

Feb. 19
1943 – Pluto and the Armadillo(Pluto cartoon) debuts
1967 – The Boy Who Flew with Condors(television show) airs

Feb. 20
1928 – Africa Before Dark(Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon) debuts
1937 – Moose Hunters(Mickey Mouse cartoon) debuts
1972 – The City Fox(television show) airs
1977 – Go West, Young Dog(television show) airs
1982 – Beyond Witch Mountain(television show) airs
2004 – Walt Disney Pictures releases Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
2015 – Walt Disney Pictures releases McFarland, USA

Feb. 21
1927 – Alice’s Rodeo(Alice Comedy) debuts
1947 – Pluto’s Housewarming(Pluto cartoon) debuts
1965 – An Otter in the Family(television show) debuts
1996 – Disney.com launches on the Internet
1997 – The first Club Disney entertainment complex opens in Thousand Oaks, California
2004 – “Snow White – An Enchanting New Musical” premieres at the Fantasyland Theater at Disneyland Park
2016 – Disneyland 60: The Wonderful World of Disney (television) Two-hour special on ABC, debuts

Feb. 22
1964 – The below decks exhibit on the Sailing Ship Columbia opens at Disneyland Park
2012 – The interactive role-playing game Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom debuts at Magic Kingdom Park
2018 – Previews begin for the stage musical Frozenat the St. James Theatre on Broadway

Feb. 23
1935 – The Band Concert (Mickey Mouse cartoo) debuts
1939 – Walt Disney receives a special Academy Award® for the creation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
1955 – Davy Crockett at the Alamo(television show) airs
1986 – The Girl Who Spelled Freedom(television movie) airs
2010 – Captain EOreturns to Disneyland Park for a limited engagement

Feb. 24
1939 – The Practical Pig(Silly Symphony) debuts
1950 – How to Ride a Horse(Goofy cartoo) debuts
1956 – Chips Ahoy(Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1960 – Walt Disney Productions releases Kidnapped
1985 – Disney Clothiers opens at Magic Kingdom Park
2017 – Village Haus Restaurant at Disneyland Park becomes Red Rose Taverne

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