This Week in Disney History: February 4-10

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: This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Walt Disney Pictures film, Miracle, which was released in theaters on Feb. 6, 2004. In the film, the U.S. ice hockey team needed a miracle to help them succeed in the 1980 Olympic Games at Lake Placid. And Coach Herb Brooks (played by Kurt Russell) was just who the ragtag group of players needed to help them realize their true potential. Despite long odds, Team USA rose to the occasion in one of the most thrilling moments in the country’s sports history.

Feb. 4
1954 – Walt Disney Productions releases “Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue”
1966 – Walt Disney Productions releases “Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree”
1966 – Walt Disney Productions releases “The Ugly Dachshund”
2017 – Paddlefish opens at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort

Feb. 5
1946 – “The ABC of Hand Tools” (training film) is delivered to General Motors Corporation
1953 – Walt Disney Productions releases “Peter Pan”
1953 – “Bear Country” (True-Life Adventure featurette) debuts
1960 – “Two Happy Amigos” (television show) airs
1996 – Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe opens at Magic Kingdom Park
2000 – “The Color of Friendship” (Disney Channel Original Movie) debuts

Feb. 6
1928 – “The Ol’ Swimmin’ ‘ole” (Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon) debuts
1937 – “Magician Mickey” (Mickey Mouse cartoon) debuts
1943 – Walt Disney Productions releases “Saludos Amigos” in the United States
1948 – “The Big Wash” (Goofy cartoon) debuts
1972 – “Justin Morgan Had a Horse” (two-part television show) part one airs
1986 – Walt Disney Productions changes its name to The Walt Disney Company
1994 – “Aladdin” (television series) airs on Disney Channel
2001 – Rancho del Zocalo opens at Disneyland Park
2004 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Miracle”
2007 – “Cinderella III: A Twist in Time” (direct-to-DVD animated film) is released
2009 – it’s a small world officially reopens at Disneyland Park with 29 Disney and Pixar characters incorporated into the attraction
2011 – Tortuga Tavern opens at Magic Kingdom Park
2015 – “Miles from Tomorrowland” (television series) debuts on Disney Channel

Feb. 7
1927 – “Alice at the Carnival” (Alice Comedy) debuts
1938 – Donald Duck begins as a daily comic strip in newspapers
1940 – Walt Disney’s “Pinocchio” premieres in New York City
1942 – “Mickey’s Birthday Party” (Mickey Mouse cartoon) debuts
1971 – “Bayou Boy” (two-part television show) part one airs
2006 – “Bambi II” (direct-to-DVD animated film) is released

Feb. 8
1952 – The Disney animated short “Lambert, the Sheepish Lion” debuts
1956 – “Survival in Nature” (television show) airs
1968 – Walt Disney Productions releases “Blackbeard’s Ghost”
1983 – “A Valentine from Disney” (television show) airs
2001 – Disney California Adventure Park opens at Disneyland Resort
2009 – “Sonny with a Chance” (television series) debuts on Disney Channel

Feb. 9
1951 – “Cold Storage” (Pluto cartoon) debuts
1955 – “A Progress Report/Nature’s Half Acre” (“Disneyland” television episode) airs
1962 – Walt Disney Productions releases “Moon Pilot”
1964 – “The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh” (three-part television show) part one airs
1969 – “The Secret of Boyne Castle” (three-part television show) part one airs
1996 – The merger of Capital Cities/ABC and The Walt Disney Company is completed
1996 -The Disney Institute participatory vacation experience opens at Walt Disney World Resort
2009 – The Walt Disney Company announces a long-term distribution and marketing deal with DreamWorks Studios

Feb. 10
1934 – “Grasshopper and the Ants” (Silly Symphony) debuts
1950 – “Pluto and the Gopher” (Pluto cartoon) debuts
1963 – “Inside Outer Space” (television show) debuts
1978 – Walt Disney Productions releases “Candleshoe”
1980 – “Donald’s Valentine Day Salute” (television show) airs
2003 – A “Partners” statue is installed at the Disney Studio in Burbank, California
2004 – “The Lion King 1 ½” (direct-to-video animated film) is released

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