This Week in Disney History: March 5-11

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: Fifth anniversary of “Croissant de Triomphe” and the new “Mickey Mouse” cartoon series
What do you get when you combine the slapstick feel of classic Disney cartoon shorts with contemporary direction and pacing? A brand-new series of short-form cartoons that remind us just how much we love Mickey Mouse. The “Mickey Mouse” series first debuted this week in Disney history when “Croissant de Triomphe” was launched on Disney.com. In the short, Mickey finds himself attempting to deliver croissants to Minnie in France, and along the way must battle comic obstacles such as Parisian traffic. The new animation style combines character elements from the 1920s and 1930s. Other “Mickey Mouse” shorts have seen Mickey and his pals in locations around the world, and each displays the determination, optimism and humor that Mickey is known for. A new attraction based on the series, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, is currently in development at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

March 5
1928 – “Rival Romeos” (Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon short) debuts
1932 – “The Mad Dog” (Mickey Mouse cartoon short) debuts
1948 – “Drip Dippy Donald” (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
1954 – “Donald’s Diary” (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
1961 – “The Coyote’s Lament” (television show) airs
1967 – “Atta Girl, Kelly!” (three-part television series) airs
1990 – “Avonlea” (television miniseries) debuts on Disney Channel
1999 – “Michelle Kwan Skates to Disney’s Greatest Hits” (television show) airs
2000 – “Life Size” (television movie) debuts on The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC
2010 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Alice in Wonderland,” directed by Tim Burton
2015 – “American Crime” (television series) debuts on ABC

March 6
1957 – “Man in Flight” (television show) airs
1980 – “Kraft Salutes Disneyland’s 25th Anniversary” (television show) airs
1988 – “14 Going on 30” (two-part television show) airs
1994 – “One More Mountain” (television movie) airs on ABC
2004 – “Lorenzo” (animated short film) premieres at the Florida Film Festival
2005 – “Oprah Winfrey Presents: Their Eyes Were Watching God” (ABC Premiere Event) airs

March 7
1927 – “Alice the Collegiate” (Alice Comedy) debuts
1936 – “Mickey’s Grand Opera” (Mickey Mouse cartoon short) debuts
1941 – “The Golden Eggs” (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
1956 – “On Vacation” (television show) airs
1997 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Jungle 2 Jungle”
2008 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “College Road Trip”
2016 – Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters opens at Disney California Adventure Park at Disneyland Resort

March 8
1946 – “A Knight for a Day” (Goofy cartoon short) debuts
1986 – Alice’s Tea Party opens at Tokyo Disneyland
1998 – “Goldrush: A Real Life Alaskan Adventure” (television movie) debuts
2002 – “Cadet Kelly” (Disney Channel Original Movie) debuts
2013 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Oz The Great and Powerful” in the U.S.
2013 – “Croissant de Triomphe” (Mickey Mouse cartoon short) debuts
2016 – “The Real O’Neals” (television series) debuts on ABC

March 9
1975 – “The Footloose Goose” (television show) airs
1984 – “Splash,” the first film released under the Touchstone Pictures banner, debuts
1986 – “The Richest Cat in the World” (television movie) airs
1985 – Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade debuts at Tokyo Disneyland
1994 – “Ellen” debuts on ABC as “These Friends of Mine”
2001 – “Luck of the Irish” (Disney Channel Original Movie) debuts
2004 – “Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo” (direct-to-video animated film) is released
2009 – “Castle” (television series) debuts on ABC
2012 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “John Carter”
2018 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “A Wrinkle in Time”

March 10
1944 – “How to Play Golf” (Goofy cartoon short) debuts
1978 – Walt Disney Productions releases “Return from Witch Mountain”
2002 – “Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister” (television movie) debuts on The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC
2006 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “The Shaggy Dog”
2009 – Disney launches D23: The Official Disney Fan Club
2017 – “Tangled Before Ever After” (Disney Channel Original Movie) debuts

March 11
1933 – “Birds in the Spring” (Silly Symphony) debuts
1938 – “Donald’s Better Self” (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
1955 – “Contrasts in Rhythm” (special cartoon) debuts
1959 – Walt Disney Productions purchases Golden Oak Ranch in Placerita Canyon, California
1960 – “This Is Your Life, Donald Duck” (television show) airs
1962 – “The Prince and the Pauper” (three-part television show) airs
1973 – “The Little Shepherd Dog of Catalina” (television show) airs
1977 – Walt Disney Productions releases “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh”
1990 – “Sky High” (television show) airs
2001 – “Princess of Thieves” (television movie) debuts on The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC
2010 – Walt Disney Parks and Resorts launch a Disney Premier Passport allowing admission to Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort theme parks
2015 – “Buffalo Dreams” (Disney Channel Original Movie) debuts

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