This Week in Disney History: May 7-13

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: Seeking an overdose of cuteness? Disney Tsum Tsum Kingdom (Tsum means “to stack” in Japanese) debuted May 12, 2016, on Disney.com in live-action shorts. The small plush toys featuring the faces of popular Disney characters, trek through the adventures of everyday life, including a cupcake battle and  fishing excursion. 

May 7
2011 – Disneyland Park hosts the world premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”
2011 – The final Walt Disney World Grad Nite event is held in Magic Kingdom Park

May 8
1998 – Lagoona Gator, a new Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon character, is introduced to the water park at Walt Disney World Resort
2000 – The Millennium Dreamers Celebration, featuring 2,000 children from more than 90 countries, begins at Walt Disney World Resort

May 9
1941 – “A Good Time for a Dime” (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
1947 – “Sleepy Time Donald” (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
1953 – “For Whom the Bulls Toil” (Goofy cartoon short) debuts
2012 – ABC’s “Modern Family” debuts the episode “Disneyland”
2015 – Disney’s “Tomorrowland” movie premieres at Downtown Disney at Disneyland Park

May 10
1946 – “In Dutch” (Pluto cartoon short) debuts
2005 – Ceremony held at Disneyland Park honoring animator and Disney Legend Ollie Johnston during the 50th anniversary of the park
2006 – The musical “Tarzan” opens in New York City at the Richard Rogers Theatre
2012 – Disney Legend Alice Davis has a window unveiled on Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland Park

May 11
1935 – The Silly Symphony short “Water Babies” debuts

May 12
1995 – Hollywood Pictures “Crimson Tide” film is released
2007 – “My Friends Tigger and Pooh” television series debuts on Disney Channel
2016 – “Tsum Tsum Kingdom” video series debuts on Disney.com
2017 –“Happily Ever After” nighttime fireworks spectacular debuts at Magic Kingdom Park

May 13
1933 – “The Mail Pilot” (Mickey Mouse cartoon short) debuts
1992 – “Fantasmic!” debuts on the Rivers of America at Disneyland Park
1994 – Touchstone film “When a Man Loves a Woman” is released
1997 – The Magic Kingdom II ferryboat at the Walt Disney World Resort is renamed the Richard F. Irvine
2009 – Disney-Pixar’s “Up” debuts at the Cannes Film Festival

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