This Week in Disney History: October 14-20, 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:


On Oct. 15, 1998, Fantasmic! premiered at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort. Featuring more than 50 live performers, massive sets, stunning effects, dazzling pyrotechnics, and rousing music, this larger-than-life show is painted on a grand canvas of dancing water and light like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

This week:

Oct. 14
1971 – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea opens at Magic Kingdom Park

Oct. 15
1998 – Fantasmic! debuts at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Oct. 16
1989 – Epcot hosts Cast Member previews of the Wonders of Life pavilion

Oct. 17
2007 – Disney announces plans for a major renovation of Disney California Adventure Park, including a new area called Cars Land

Oct. 18
1979 – A stage version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premieres at Radio City Music Hall in New York City

Oct. 19
1989 – Wonders of Life pavilion opens at Epcot

Oct. 20
1997 – Bear in the Big Blue House (television) premieres on Disney Channel
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