This Week in Disney History: November 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:


On Nov. 22, 1991, Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage debuts at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This retelling of the popular animated feature follows the journey of Belle and all of your favorite characters. Filled with colorful costumes, skilled dancing and iconic songs from the original film, this show is truly enchanted.

This week:

November 18
1928 - “Steamboat Willie” (the first cartoon with synchronized sound and the debut of Mickey Mouse) premieres 
1962 - Swiss Family Treehouse opens at Disneyland Park
1978 - Mickey Mouse becomes the first animated character to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1988 - Walt Disney Pictures releases “Oliver & Company”
1993 - The Partners statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse is dedicated at Disneyland Park 
2001 - Chester & Hester’s Dinorama! featuring TriceraTop Spin opens at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

November 19
1932 — “Babes in the Woods” (Silly Symphony) debuts 
1993 — President Bill Clinton is added to The Hall of Presidents attraction at Magic Kingdom Park
1999 — “it’s a small world” becomes the first Disneyland Park attraction to offer Disney’s FASTPASS

November 20
1942 — “Pluto at the Zoo” (Pluto cartoon short) debuts
1963 — Walt Disney Pictures releases “The Incredible Journey”
1989 — The first $10 bill in the Disney Dollars series is released, featuring Minnie Mouse 
1993 — “Splashtacular,” a live show centered around the interactive fountain in Future World, debuts at Epcot
1998 — Touchstone Pictures releases “Enemy of the State”

November 21
1994 — Honey, I Shrunk the Audience opens at Epcot
1994 — The Timekeeper opens in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park
2008 — Walt Disney Pictures releases “Bolt” 

November 22
1940 – “Goofy’s Glider” (Goofy cartoon short) debuts
1974 – The Lake Buena Vista Club opens at the Walt Disney World Resort
1989 – The Walt Disney World Swan Hotel opens at the Walt Disney World Resort
1991 – Walt Disney Animation Studios releases “Beauty and the Beast”
1991 – “Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage” debuts at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
1995 – Disney•Pixar releases “Toy Story”
2000 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “102 Dalmatians”
2016 – Camp Woodchuck area opens in Westernland at Tokyo Disneyland
2017 – Disney•Pixar releases “Coco”

November 23
1951 – “No Smoking” (Goofy cartoon short) debuts
1966 — Walt Disney goes to the Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif., for the last time
1980 – “The Mouseketeer Reunion” (television) airs
1988 – Critter Country at Disneyland opens
1989 — Star Tours opens at Tokyo Disneyland
1998 – Kona Café (formerly Coral Isle Café) opens at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
2011 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “The Muppets”
2016 – Walt Disney Animation Studios releases “Moana”

November 24
1999 — Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation Studios release “Toy Story 2”
2010 — “Tangled,” the 50th full-length feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios, is released 
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