This Week in Disney History: April 30-May 6

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: On May 6, 1988, World Showcase at Epcot welcomed the Norway pavilion as the 11th and the country last added. Today, Guests visiting this pavilion can sail off into the frozen forest of Arendelle and also meet Queen Elsa and Princess Anna in their summer home. One is apt to see more of their royal friends in the regal Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, patterned after the 14th century fortress in Oslo.

April 30
1969 – A press event showcasing phase 1 plans for a theme park and resort hotel at Walt Disney World is held
1994 – Astro Orbiter officially opens to Guests at Magic Kingdom Park

May 1
1989 – Disney-MGM Studios theme park (known today as Disney’s Hollywood Studios) opens
1989 – Pleasure Island officially opens (known today as The Landing at Disney Springs) at Walt Disney World Resort
2009 – Kidani Village, the Disney Vacation Club wing of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, opens

May 2
2006 – Disneyland Park welcomes the 2 billionth Guest to a Disney park worldwide
2012 – Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlour, Candy Palace and Penny Arcade reopen at Disneyland Park after an extensive refurbishment

May 3
1926 – The El Capitan Theatre opens in Los Angeles
1931 – “The Moose Hunt” (Mickey short with first appearance of Pluto by that name) debuts
1986 – Country Bear Vacation Hoe-Down, a new version of the Country Bear Jamboree, opens at Magic Kingdom Park

May 4
1949 – “Seal Island,” the first True-Life Adventures film, debuts
2012 – Marvel Studios releases “The Avengers”

May 5
1987 – Disneyland Park introduces the now-retired Disney Dollars currency
2005 – The “Happiest Celebration on Earth” begins at Disney parks worldwide, commemorating Disneyland Park’s 50th anniversary

May 6
1938 – Mickey Mouse cartoon “Mickey’s Trailer” is released
1973 – Lillian Disney Truyens helps dedicate “The Walt Disney Story” at Magic Kingdom Park
1990 – “The Muppets at Walt Disney World” television show airs
1988 – Norway opens as the 11th World Showcase pavilion at Epcot
1991 – The Walt Disney Company becomes part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average

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