The Disney Look... to the Past! (08/30 - 09/05)

Here you are our weekly Disney look... to the past!:

This Week in Disney History:
 August 30 - September 5 

August 31, 1938 - Walt and Roy O. Disney secure land in Burbank, CA for a new studio
While Walt was the dreamer and innovator, his successes were inextricably linked to his older brother Roy, whose financial acumen turned those visions into reality. With the studio's early operations buoyed from Mickey Mouse cartoon to Silly Symphony short, the blockbuster box office returns of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs fiscally liberated Walt and Roy for the first time in their careers. Working out of a cramped studio on Hyperion Avenue in Los Angeles' Silver Lake district, the profits from Snow White enabled the brothers to purchase land to accommodate their rapidly expanding workforce. They made a $10,000 deposit on 51 acres in Burbank near Griffith Park, opening their new studio in December 1940 - and it remains in operation through present day. The new animation building was utilized for nearly every Disney animated production from 1941 through 1995, when Walt Disney Animation Studios moved to its current home across Riverside Drive, the Roy E. Disney Animation Building.

September 4, 2001 - Tokyo DisneySea opens
Built adjacent to Tokyo Bay, the sister park to Tokyo Disneyland fittingly honors the spirit of exploration. Nautical themes tie together seven exotic "ports of call," beginning in Mediterranean Harbor, where Venetian gondola boats cruise canals and the windows of Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta (also opened on this date) add lively energy - but the smoldering volcano Mount Prometheus across the water begs for a closer look. Gateway to Mysterious Island, it is home to the high-speed thrill ride Journey to the Center of the Earth. Escape and you can venture to the Lost River Delta, featuring the Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull, or discover the American Waterfront, whose New York Harbor features the Tower of Terror - created with a mythology separate from its California and Florida counterparts. Tokyo DisneySea will mark its tenth anniversary in 2011 with the "Be Magical!" celebration, and add the water spectacular Fantasmic! to its entertainment lineup.

Also this week in Disney history:

August 30  
1940 - The animated short "Pluto's Dream House" debuts
1995 - Leaders preside over the ground-breaking of Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
August 31  
1935 - The animated short "Pluto's Judgment Day" debuts
1948 - Walt outlines ideas for his "Mickey Mouse Park" in a memo. These ideas became Disneyland Park
2009 - Disney announces its purchase of Marvel Entertainment 
September 1  
1939 - The Donald Duck cartoon short "The Autograph Hound" debuts
2001 - River Country closes at Walt Disney World Resort
2005 - Disney Editions releases The Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson
2007 - An updated version of the Circle-Vision 360 film O Canada, starring Martin Short, officially opens at Epcot 
September 2  
1933 - "Puppy Love" (Mickey & Pluto cartoon short) debuts
1959 - "How to Have an Accident at Work" (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
1979 - Big Thunder Mountain opens at Disneyland Park
1985 - Adventure Thru Inner Space closes at Disneyland Park
1991 - Casting Center opens at the Disneyland Paris Resort 
September 3  
1988 - "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" debuts on television
2001 - The animated television series "Disney's The Legend of Tarzan" debuts
September 4  
1942 - "How to Play Baseball" (Goofy cartoon short) debuts
2001 - DisneyQuest in Chicago closes
2006 - Tower of Terror opens at Tokyo DisneySea 
September 5  
1927 - The very first Oswald the Luck Rabbit cartoon short, "Trolley Troubles," debuts
1930 - The Mickey Mouse animated short "The Chain Gang" debuts, featuring a dog character who would eventually become Pluto
1966 - Flying Saucers close at Disneyland Park 
1994 - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea closes at Magic Kingdom Park
1995 - Disney Ice opens in Anaheim, CA
2001 - "The Amazing Race" debuts on CBS

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  1. Do you have any details on the new Fantasmic show coming to Tokyo Disney Sea?

  2. If I had the $$$, I would love to go to DisneySea and stay at the Hotel MiraCosta. It looks amazing.


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