This Week in Disney History: March 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:


55 years since Professor Ludwig Von Drake educated us on the art of fitness
Inspired by JFK’s famous physical fitness program, Ludwig introduced his own program on March 22, 1964 with In Shape with Von Drake. After Walt set up the show by playing a record entitled Von Drake And His Musical Muscles, the all-around authority dementedly delved into the world of sports and exercise. Showing his propensity for getting sidetracked, Ludwig used a dumbbell to create a not-so-hidden Mickey, making a makeshift Mouseketeer hat his own by singing “L-U-D-W-I-G  V-O-N  D-R-A-K-E.” Several Goofy cartoons are shown throughout to illustrate Von Drake’s teachings, with Ludwig’s narration subbing in for the originals.

March 18
1933 – Mickey’s Mellerdrammer (Mickey Mouse cartoon) debuts
1967 – Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and Blue Bayou Restaurant open at Disneyland Park
1973 – The Boy and the Bronc Buster (two-part television show) airs
1997 – Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (direct-to-video live-action film) is released
2000 – Alley Cats Strike! (Disney Channel Original Movie) debuts
2001 – Bailey’s Mistake (television movie) debuts on The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC
2005 – Walt Disney Pictures releases Ice Princess
2005 – The Suite Life of Zach & Cody (television series) debuts on Disney Channel
2014 – Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe (television documentary) airs on ABC

March 19
1928 – Bright Lights (Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon) debuts
1948 – Mickey Down Under (Mickey Mouse cartoon) airs
1958 – Magic and Music (television show) airs
1959 – Walt Disney Productions releases The Shaggy Dog
1959 – Nature’s Strangest Creatures (featurette) debuts
1959 – Cruise of the Eagle (People and Places featurette) debuts
1972 – Chango, Guardian of the Mayan Treasure (television show) airs
1988 – Save the Dog (Disney Channel Premiere Film) debuts
1995 – The Old Curiousity Shop (four-hour Disney Channel Premiere Film) debuts
2002 – The Hunchback of Notre Dame II (direct-to-video animated film) is released
2004 – Going to the Mat (Disney Channel Original Movie) debuts
2008 – Walt Disney World Boys and Girls Club opens in the Pine Hills area of Orlando, Florida
2009 – Tren-D opens at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort

March 20
1930 – Cannibal Capers (Silly Symphony) debuts
1942 – Symphony Hour (Mickey Mouse cartoon) debuts
1957 – The Adventure Story (television show) airs
1981 – Walt Disney Productions releases Amy
1987 – Captain EO opens at Tokyo Disneyland Park
2014 – The stage musical Aladdin officially opens on Broadway
2015 – Smokejumpers Grill opens at Disney California Adventure Park at Disneyland Resort

March 21
1927 – Alice in the Alps (Alice Comedy) debuts
1947 – Rescue Dog (Pluto cartoon) debuts
1952 – Two Chips and a Miss (Chip and Dale cartoon) debuts
1956 – The Goofy Sports Story (television show) airs
1968 – Walt Disney Productions releases The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
1975 – Mission to Mars opens in Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park
1975 – Walt Disney Productions releases Escape to Witch Mountain
1997 – Carnation Café opens on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland Park
2003 – Right on Track (Disney Channel Original Movie) debuts
2003 – Walt Disney Pictures releases Piglet’s Big Movie
2014 – Party Central (Pixar cartoon) debuts
2014 – Walt Disney Pictures releases Muppets Most Wanted domestically

March 22
1935 – The Golden Touch (Silly Symphony) debuts
1964 – In Shape with Von Drake (television show) airs
1970 – Disneyland Showtime (television show) airs
1972 – Walt Disney Productions releases The Biscuit Eater
1975 – Lake Buena Vista Village (now part of Disney Springs) opens at the Walt Disney World Resort
2008 – “Stitch Live!” opens at Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris Resort
2009 – Super Rhino (animated short) debuts with the DVD release of Bolt
2018 – The stage musical Frozen officially opens on Broadway

March 23
1951 – Home Made Home (Goofy cartoon) debuts
1951 – Corn Chips (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1967 – Scrooge McDuck and Money (special cartoon featurette) debuts
1969 – Herbie Day at Disneyland is hosted to promote the film The Love Bug
1973 – Walt Disney Productions releases Charley and the Angel
1985 – “Disneyland Is Your Land” stage show opens at Disneyland Park
1985 – Disney Clothiers opens on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland Park
1986 – Disney Goes to the Oscars (television show) airs
1992 – Disney’s Adventures in Wonderland (television series) debuts on Disney Channel
2012 – Disney Junior debuts as a standalone cable channel
2012 – Doc McStuffins (television show) debuts on Disney Junior

March 24
1934 – Funny Little Bunnies (Silly Symphony) debuts
1950 – Crazy Over Daisy (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1956 – Astro-Jetsopens in Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park
1972 – Country Bear Jamboree opens in Critter Country at Disneyland Park
1990 – Chips, the War Dog (television movie) airs on Disney Channel
1995 – Walt Disney Pictures releases Tall Tale
2005 – Beach Club Marketplace opens at Disney’s Beach Club Resort at Walt Disney World Resort
2006 – Hannah Montana debuts on Disney Channel
2006 – Cow Belles (Disney Channel Original Movie) debuts
2017 – Tangled: The Series debuts on Disney Channel

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