This Week in Disney History: February 9-15

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:


This week: 20 years since the Philadelphia Eagles flew in “The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon”
This week in Disney history is filled with rags-to-riches stories, from the fairy tale romance of “Cinderella” to the treasure-hunting adventure of “Candleshoe.” But perhaps no Disney film is more fitting to reflect on this week than “The Wonderful World of Disney” feature film “The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon,” which celebrates its 20th anniversary this week. The film stars Tony Danza as Barney Gorman, a Philadelphia garbage man who gets the once-in-a-lifetime chance to serve as a placekicker for the Philadelphia Eagles. His first professional kick helps the team win the game, but in the end Barry realizes that he can still find happiness in his old garbage route. The film debuted on Feb. 15, 1998, and even featured a cameo by Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie.

Feb. 9
1951 – “Cold Storage” (Pluto cartoon short) debuts
1955 – “A Progress Report/Nature’s Half Acre” (“Disneyland” television episode) airs
1962 – Walt Disney Productions releases “Moon Pilot”
1964 – “The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh” (three-part television show) airs
1969 – “The Secret of Boyne Caste” (three-part television show) airs
1996 – The merger of Capital Cities/ABC and The Walt Disney Company is completed
1996 -The Disney Institute learning campus opens at Walt Disney World Resort

Feb. 10
1934 – “Grasshopper and the Ants” (Silly Symphony) debuts
1950 – “Pluto and the Gopher” (Pluto cartoon short) debuts
1963 – “Inside Outer Space” (television show) debuts
1978 – Walt Disney Productions releases “Candleshoe”
1980 – “Donald’s Valentine Day Salute” (television show) airs
2003 – A “Partners” statue is installed at the Disney Studio in Burbank, California
2004 – “The Lion King 1 ½” (direct-to-video animated film) is released

Feb. 11
1932 – “The Grocery Boy” (Mickey Mouse cartoon) debuts
1938 – “Self Control” (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
1949 – “Donald’s Happy Birthday” (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1990 – “A Ducktales Valentine!” (television show) airs
2000 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “The Tigger Movie”
2005 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Pooh’s Heffalump Movie”
2012 – First Lady Michelle Obama visits ESPN Wide World of Sports complex as part of a physical fitness initiative

Feb. 12
1945 – “The Right Spark Plug in the Right Place” (training film) is delivered to Electric Auto-Lite Company
1989 – “Mickey’s Happy Valentine Special” (television show) airs
1993 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey”
1999 – “Pluto Gets the Paper: Spaceship” (animated short) debuts
1999 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “My Favorite Martian”

Feb. 13
1952 – “The Olympic Elk” (True-Life Adventure featurette) debuts
1957 – “Tricks of Our Trade” (television show) airs
1959 – “Duck Flies Coop” (television show) airs
1965 – “Freewayphobia No. 1” (Goofy cartoon short) debuts
1982 – “A Disney Valentine” (television show) airs
1999 – “Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You” (television show) airs
2010 – “Kick Buttowski – Suburban Daredevil” (television series) debuts on Disney XD
2015 – “Bad Hair Day” (Disney Channel Original Movie) airs
2015 – “Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero” (television series) debuts on Disney XD
2017 – Geyser Point Pool Bar & Grill opens at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge at Walt Disney World Resort

Feb. 14
1941 – “The Little Whirlwind” (Mickey Mouse cartoon short) debuts
1946 – “The Building of a Tire” (educational film) is delivered to the Firestone Tire and Rubber Co.
1984 – “Disney’s All-Star Valentine Party” (television show) airs
1997 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “That Darn Cat”
2000 – “New True-Life Adventures” (television series) debuts in syndication
2009 – The American Idol Experience opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort
2011 – Disney Junior debuts as a programming block on Disney Channel
2011 – “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” (television series) debuts on Disney Channel

Feb. 15
1925 – “Alice Solves the Puzzle” (Alice Comedy) debuts
1926 – “Alice’s Mysterious Mystery” (Alice Comedy) debuts
1930 – “Autumn” (Silly Symphony) debuts
1936 – “Orphan’s Picnic” (Mickey Mouse cartoon) debuts
1950 – Walt Disney Productions releases “Cinderella”
1956 – “Our Unsung Villains” (television show) airs
1998 – “The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon” (television movie) debuts on “The Wonderful World of Disney” on ABC
2002 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Return to Never Land”

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