This Week in Disney History: March 4-10, 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:


March 10, 2009 - Disney launches D23
“Are you 23?” was the question that had Disney fans guessing for weeks - and circling March 10 on the calendar. Unveiled on this date, D23 is the first official community for Disney fans in company history; the “23” refers to 1923, the year Walt Disney founded his studio in Burbank.

Members receive the quarterly collectible magazine Disney twenty-three, delivering the ultimate insider’s perspective, as well as access to exclusive special events, gifts and merchandise. Two editions of the D23 Expo have been held at the Anaheim Convention Center, featuring new attraction first-looks, world-premiere screenings and celebrity appearances from Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson and many others. The event returns to Anaheim this August.

March 4 
1949 – Pluto’s Surprise Package (Pluto cartoon) debuts
1962 – Carnival Time (television show) airs
1973 – Chester, Yesterday’s Horse (television show) airs
1989 – Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers (television series) debuts on Disney Channel
2005 – Walt Disney Pictures releases The Pacifier
2016 – Walt Disney Pictures releases Zootopia

March 5
1928 – Rival Romeos (Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon) debuts
1932 – Mad Dog (Mickey Mouse cartoon) debuts
1948 – Drip Dippy Donald (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1954 – Donald’s Diary (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1961 – The Coyote’s Lament (television show) airs
1967 – Atta Girl, Kelly! (three-part television series) airs
1990 – Avonlea (television miniseries) debuts on Disney Channel
1999 – Michelle Kwan Skates to Disney’s Greatest Hits (television show) airs
2000 – Life Size (television movie) debuts on The Wonderful World of Disneyon ABC
2010 – Walt Disney Pictures releases Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton
2015 – American Crime (television series) debuts on ABC

March 6
1957 – Man in Flight (television show) airs
1980 – Kraft Salutes Disneyland’s 25th Anniversary (television show) airs
1988 – 14 Going on 30 (two-part television show) airs
1994 – One More Mountain (television movie) airs on ABC
2004 – Lorenzo (animated short film) premieres at the Florida Film Festival
2005 – Oprah Winfrey Presents: Their Eyes Were Watching God (ABC Premiere Event) airs

March 7
1927 – Alice the Collegiate (Alice Comedy) debuts
1936 – Mickey’s Grand Opera (Mickey Mouse cartoon) debuts
1941 – The Golden Eggs (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1956 – On Vacation (television show) airs
1997 – Walt Disney Pictures releases Jungle 2 Jungle
2008 – Walt Disney Pictures releases College Road Trip
2016 – Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters opens at Disney California Adventure Park at Disneyland Resort

March 8
1946 – A Knight for a Day (Goofy cartoon) debuts
1986 – Alice’s Tea Party opens at Tokyo Disneyland
1998 – Goldrush: A Real Life Alaskan Adventure (television movie) debuts
2002 – Cadet Kelly (Disney Channel Original Movie) debuts
2013 – Walt Disney Pictures releases OzThe Great and Powerfulin the U.S.
2013 – “Croissant de Triomphe” (Mickey Mouse cartoon) debuts
2016 – The Real O’Neals (television series) debuts on ABC

March 9
1975 – “The Footloose Goose” (television show) airs
1984 – “Splash,” the first film released under the Touchstone Pictures banner, debuts
1986 – “The Richest Cat in the World” (television movie) airs
1985 – Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade debuts at Tokyo Disneyland
1994 – Ellendebuts on ABC as These Friends of Mine
2001 – Luck of the Irish (Disney Channel Original Movie) debuts
2004 – Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo (direct-to-video animated film) is released
2009 –Castle (television series) debuts on ABC
2012 – Walt Disney Pictures releases John Carter
2018 – Walt Disney Pictures releases A Wrinkle in Time

March 10
1944 – How to Play Golf (Goofy cartoon) debuts
1978 – Walt Disney Productions releases Return from Witch Mountain
2002 – Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (television movie) debuts on The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC
2006 – Walt Disney Pictures releases The Shaggy Dog
2009 – Disney launches D23: The Official Disney Fan Club
2017 – Tangled Before Ever After (Disney Channel Original Movie) debuts

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