This Week in Disney History: January 19-25

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. Starting from today, this interesting series will be published every week, featuring highlights from all the divisions of The Walt Disney Company. Let's see what happened this week:


The 25th anniversary of Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park
Although this week in Disney history marks the 25th anniversary of the opening of Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park, the residents of the area have lived in Toontown for much longer! As the story goes, after Mickey Mouse became a star in 1928, he found the perfect home in a quiet residential Toon suburb away from the hustle of Hollywood. When Walt Disney was looking for the area to build his “amusement enterprise” in the early 1950s, Mickey Mouse suggested the fields of orange groves surrounding his neighborhood. The only request he had was that Mickey’s Toontown was to be kept secret. They agreed, and Disneyland opened nearby on July 17, 1955. Years later, the residents of Mickey’s Toontown decided that they wanted to open the gates to their secret hideaway to non-Toon guests. Thus, on Jan. 24, 1993, Guests from Disneyland were first invited to visit Mickey’s Toontown. Today, Guests can enjoy attractions, shopping, and dining in this immersive world full of topsy-turvy architecture and iconic Disney friends.

Jan. 19
1935 – “Mickey’s Man Friday” (Mickey Mouse cartoon short) debuts
1949 – Walt Disney Productions releases “So Dear to My Heart”
1951 – “Chicken in the Rough” (Chip and Dale cartoon short) debuts
2001 – “Lizzie McGuire” (television series) debuts on Disney Channel
2003 – “Sounder” (television movie) debuts on The Wonderful World of Disney
2002 – “Teamo Supremo” (television series) debuts
2011 – Disney Dream cruise ship is officially christened
2012 – President Barack Obama makes an official visit to Magic Kingdom Park, giving an address on tourism
2016 – “Marvel’s Captain America: 75 Heroic Years” (television special) airs on ABC

Jan. 20
1950 – “Lion Around” (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
1971 – Walt Disney Productions releases “The Wild Country”
2006 – “High School Musical” premieres on Disney Channel
2014 – “Sheriff Callie’s Wild West” (television series) debuts on Disney Junior

Jan. 21
1933 – “The Mad Doctor” (Mickey Mouse cartoon short) debuts
1956 – Dairy Bar opens in Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park
1960 – “Gala Day at Disneyland” (documentary featurette) debuts
1960 – Walt Disney Productions releases “Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with a Circus””
1977 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Freaky Friday”
1995 – “Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable” opens in The Land at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort
2003 – “101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure” (direct-to-video film) debuts
2005 – “American Dragon: Jake Long” debuts on Disney Channel

Jan. 22
1964 – Walt Disney Productions releases “The Misadventures of Merlin Jones”
2000 – “Up, Up and Away” (Disney Channel original movie) debuts
2001 – “The Book of Pooh” (television series) debuts on Disney Channel

Jan. 23
1928 – “Neck ‘n’ Neck” (Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon short) debuts
1942 – “The New Spirit” (film made for the U.S. Treasury Department) is delivered
1948 – “They’re Off” (Goofy cartoon short) debuts
1957 – “Our Friend the Atom” (television show) airs
1982 – “Donald and Jose, Olè!” (television show) airs
1999 – “Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century” (Disney Channel Original Movie) debuts
2004 – “Dave the Barbarian” (television show) debuts on Disney Channel
2006 – A grand opening is held for Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sully to the Rescue! at Disney California Adventure Park at Disneyland Resort
2015 – Touchstone Pictures releases the Lucasfilm, Ltd. animated film “Strange Magic”

Jan. 24
1927 – “Alice Foils the Pirates” (Alice Comedy) debuts
1941 – “Pluto’s Playmate” (Pluto cartoon short) debuts
1987 – “Double Switch” (television movie) airs
1993 – Mickey’s Toontown opens at Disneyland Park
2006 – Disney announces its acquisition of Pixar Animation Studios

Jan. 25
1961 – Walt Disney Productions releases “One Hundred and One Dalmatians”
2003 – “Cinderellabration” opens as a new stage show at Tokyo Disneyland
2007 – The first family is selected to stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite in Magic Kingdom Park as part of the Year of a Million Dreams campaign
2008 – “Minutemen” (Disney Channel Original Movie) debuts

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