This Week in Disney History: May 21-27

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 23, 2010, the final episode of “Lost” aired on ABC. Over six seasons, millions of viewers were captivated by the one-hour drama series about the survivors of Oceanic Airlines Flight 815 stranded on a mysterious Pacific island after a plane crash. Amid time travel, flashbacks and flash forwards, we saw them scavenge what they could to survive their environs and against “the Others,” who also inhabited the island – or dare trying to escape to return home. The show won several awards, including an Emmy® for Outstanding Drama Series in 2005 and the Golden Globe® for Best TV Drama in 2006.

May 21 
1948 – The animated short “Donald’s Dream Voice” debuts
1954 – “Pigs Is Pigs” special cartoon is released

May 22 
1942 – “The Army Mascot” (Pluto cartoon) is released
1987 – Touchstone releases “Ernest Goes to Camp”
1992 – Hollywood Pictures releases “Encino Man”
1998 – Rocket Rods, “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience,” Astro Orbiter and Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port open as part of a renovated Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park
2009 – “The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story” documentary about the careers of the song-writing team, Richard and Robert Sherman, has a limited release in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Palm Desert, Calif.
2015 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Tomorrowland”

May 23 
1922 – Walt Disney incorporates Laugh-O-Gram Films, his first cartoon company in Kansas City
1931 – The China Plate (Silly Symphony cartoon) is released
1997 – Light Magic debuts at Disneyland Park
2001 – The Magic Carpets of Aladdin opens at Magic Kingdom Park
2010 – Last episode of the television series “Lost” airs on ABC
2014 – Rock Your Disney Side party keeps Disneyland Park, Magic Kingdom Park and Disney California Adventure Park open a full 24 hours, starting at 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. the following day
2015 – Harambe Market area at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park opens

May 24
1989 – Ray Disney, Walt’s older brother, dies at age 98
1996 – Hollywood Pictures releases “Spy Hard”
2013 – Monstrous Summer “All-Nighter” keeps Disneyland Park, Magic Kingdom Park and Disney California Adventure Park open a full 24 hours, starting at 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. the following day

May 25
1935 – “The Cookie Carnival” (Silly Symphony cartoon) is released
1983 – Pinocchio’s Daring Journey opens at Disneyland Park
1983 – Village Haus Restaurant in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park opens; renamed the Red Rose Taverne in 2017
2001– Touchstone Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films release “Pearl Harbor”
2007 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”
2011 – Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar and Tangaroa Terrace open at the Disneyland Hotel
2013 – “Mickey and the Magical Map” premieres at Disneyland Park

May 26
1990 – Mickey’s Starland (now Mickey’s Toontown Fair) opens at Magic Kingdom Park
1995 –  Touchstone Pictures releases “Mad Love”
2000 – Touchstone Pictures/Spyglass Entertainment release “Shanghai Noon”
2006 – Disney•Pixar’s “Cars” premieres at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C.

May 27
1933 – “Three Little Pigs” (Silly Symphony short) debuts
1948 – Walt Disney Productions releases “Melody Time”
1985 – Epcot hosts the 2nd Inaugural Celebration for President Ronald Reagan
1992 – Sequoia Lodge hotel opens at Disneyland Paris
1995 – Casey’s Corner opens at Magic Kingdom Park
2011 – Mickey’s Soundsational Parade debuts at Disneyland Park
2016 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Alice Through the Looking Glass”
2016 – Tiffins restaurant and Nomad Lounge open in Discovery Island at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
2016 – “Frozen­ – Live at the Hyperion” stage production opens at the Hyperion Theater in Disney California Adventure Park
2017– Pandora – The World of Avatar open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park with two attractions – Na’vi River Journey and Avatar Flight of Passage – dining at Satu’li Canteen, beverages at Pongu Pongu and shopping at Windtraders
2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction opens at Disney California Adventure Park

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