This Week in Disney History: April 29 - May 5, 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:


Celebrating 30 years of magic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Disney-MGM Studios, now Disney’s Hollywood Studios, opened at Walt Disney World Resort on May 1, 1989. Over the years, the park has featured a dazzling array of attractions and entertainment, makingits mark as a place where everyone can play together and create memories to last a lifetime.

April 29
1949 – Pluto’s Sweater (Pluto cartoon) is released
1957 – The interior of Sleeping Beauty Castle is opened as a walk-through attraction
1983 – Something Wicked This Way Comes is released
1994 – The All-Star Resorts Surf’s Up unit opens at Walt Disney World Resort
1995 – Escape to Witch Mountain television movie airs on ABC
2011 – Prom is released

April 30
1928 – Ozzie of the Mounted (Oswald cartoon) is released
1948 – Bone Bandit (Pluto cartoon) is released
1958 – An Adventure in Art (television show) airs
1969 – A press event showcasing phase 1 plans for a theme park and resort hotel at Walt Disney World is held
1989 – The Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park Grand Opening (television special) airs
1989 – Just Like Family (Disney Channel series) airs
1990 – Goofy’s Office Safety Championship and Goofy’s Plant Safety Championship (educational films) are released
1994 – Astro Orbiter officially opens to Guests at Magic Kingdom Park
2017 – Disney’s Explorers Lodge, 750-room Resort hotel dedicated to the spirit of exploration, opens at Hong Kong Disneyland

May 1
1924 – Alice’s Wild West Show (Alice comedy) is released
1942 – Donald Gets Drafted (Donald cartoon) is released
1989 – Disney-MGM Studios theme park (known today as Disney’s Hollywood Studios) opens
1989 – Pleasure Island officially opens (known today as The Landing at Disney Springs) at Walt Disney World Resort
2009 – Kidani Village, the Disney Vacation Club wing of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, opens
2015 – Marvel Studios releases Avengers: Age of Ultron

May 2
1927 – Alice’s Knaughty Knight (Alice comedy) is released
1986 – Portraits of Canada (Circlevision film) debuts
2003 – The Lizzie McGuire Movie is released
2006 – Disneyland Park welcomes the 2 billionth Guest to a Disney park worldwide
2009 – JONAS (television) debuts
2012 – Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlour, Candy Palace and Penny Arcade reopen at Disneyland Park after an extensive refurbishment

May 3
1926 – The El Capitan Theatre opens in Los Angeles
1931 – The Moose Hunt (Mickey cartoon), featuring the first appearance of Pluto by name, debuts
1986 – The Country Bear Vacation Hoedown, a new version of the Country Bear Jamboree, opens at Magic Kingdom Park
2013 – Iron Man 3is released

May 4
1949 – Seal Island, the first True-Life Adventures film, debuts
1977 – Space Mountain opens in Tomorrowland at Disneyland
2009 – Mickey’s Fun Wheel replaced the Sun Wheel at Disney California Adventure
2012 – Marvel Studios releases The Avengers

May 5
1987 – Disneyland Park introduces the now-retired Disney Dollars currency
1990 – TaleSpin (Disney Channel series) premieres
2004 – The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror opens at Disney California Adventure
2005 – The “Happiest Celebration on Earth” begins at Disney parks worldwide, commemorating Disneyland Park’s 50th anniversary
2005 – Walt Disney’s Parade of Dreams celebrating the 50th anniversary of Disneyland debuts
2005 – Disney’s Magical Express special service begins at Walt Disney World Resort
2005 – Soarin’ opens at Epcot
2005 – Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters opens in Tomorrowland at Disneyland
2006 – Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (Disney Channel series) premieres
2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is released

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