This Week in Disney History: March 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:


20 years of Winter Summerland Miniature Golf
These two 18-hole miniature golf courses officially opened to Guests on Mar. 12, 1999, just a few years after the success of Disney's Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf  three years earlier.

March 11
1933 – Birds in the Spring (Silly Symphony) debuts
1938 – Donald’s Better Self (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1955 – Contrasts in Rhythm (special cartoon) debuts
1959 – Walt Disney Productions purchases Golden Oak Ranch in Placerita Canyon, California
1960 – This Is Your Life, Donald Duck (television show) airs
1962 – The Prince and the Pauper (three-part television show) airs
1973 –The Little Shepherd Dog of Catalina (television show) airs
1977 – Walt Disney Productions releases The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
1983 – Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore (special cartoon featurette) is released
1990 – Sky High (television show) airs
2001 – Princess of Thieves (television movie) debuts on The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC
2003 – Walt Disney Pictures releases Inspector Gadget 2
2005 – Buffalo Dreams (Disney Channel Original Movie) debuts
2010 – Walt Disney Parks and Resorts launch a Disney Premier Passport allowing admission to Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort theme parks
2011 – Walt Disney Pictures releases Mars Needs Moms

March 12
1943 – Flying Jalopy (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1954 – Stormy, the Thoroughbred with an Inferiority Complex (featurette) debuts
1961 – Daniel Boone [III.] The Wilderness Road (television show) airs
1964 – Walt Disney Productions releases A Tiger Walks
1978 – Trail of Danger (two-part television show) airs
1993 – Walt Disney Pictures releases A Far Off Place
1993 – Trail Mix-Up (Roger Rabbit cartoon short) debuts
1999 – Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf opens at the Walt Disney World Resort
2000 – Model Behavior (television movie) debuts on The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC
2013 – Fantasy Faire opens in Disneyland Park, introducing Maurice’s Treats, Fairytale Treasures, the Royal Theater and Royal Hall

March 13
1937 – Woodland CafĂ© (Silly Symphony) debuts
1959 – Highway to Trouble (television show) airs
1966 – Run, Light Buck, Run (television show) airs
1969 – Walt Disney Productions releases The Love Bug
1977 – The Ghost of Cypress Swamp (television movie) airs
1997 – Hiller and Diller (television series) debuts on ABC
2009 – Walt Disney Pictures releases Race to Witch Mountain
2013 – Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex (Disney Channel special event) airs
2015 – Walt Disney Pictures releases Cinderella domestically

March 14
1935 – Broken Toys (Silly Symphony) debuts
1976 – The Flight of the Grey Wolf (two-part television show) airs
2004 – Celeste in the City (television movie) airs
2008 – “Block Party Bash” officially debuts at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort
2008 – “Pixar Play Parade” officially debuts at Disney California Adventure Park in Disneyland Resort

March 15
1940 – The Riveter (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1987 – Young Harry Houdini (television show) debuts
1991 – Disney Afternoon Avenue and Plane Crazy debut at Disneyland Park
1998 – PB&J Otter (television series) debuts on Disney Channel
1999 – “Disney’s Doug Live” opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort
2001 – The 450 millionth Guest visits Disneyland Park
2005 – Jack-Jack Attack (Pixar animated short) debuts
2007 – October Road (television series) debuts on ABC

March 16
1935 – Mickey’s Service Station (Mickey Mouse cartoon) debuts
1945 – Dog Watch (Pluto cartoon) debuts
1960 – Islands of the Sea (documentary featurette) debuts
1961 – The Saga of Windwagon Smith (special cartoon) debuts
1961 – Walt Disney Productions releases The Absent-Minded Professor
1974 – “Magic Carpet ‘Round the World’” opens at Magic Kingdom Park
1975 – Deacon, the High Noon Dog (television show) debuts
2002 – Walt Disney Studios Park opens at Disneyland Paris

March 17
1931 – Traffic Troubles (Mickey Mouse cartoon) debuts
1939 – Goofy and Wilbur (Goofy cartoon) debuts
1968 – The Ranger of Brownstone (television show) airs
1971 – Walt Disney Productions releases The Barefoot Executive
1982 – Herbie, the Love Bug (limited television series) airs
1991 – World News Center opens in Epcot
1999 – The grand opening of Test Track is held at Epcot
2002 – Snow White: The Fairest of Them All (television movie) debuts on the Wonderful World of Disney on ABC
2005 – “Cinderellabration” opens in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park
2016 – Oasis Bar & Grill opens at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World Resort
2017 – Walt Disney Pictures releases a live-action retelling of Beauty and the Beast
2017 – Marvel’s Iron Fist (Netflix series) is released

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