This Week in Disney History: June 18-24

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: 
Mulan was the first feature film to be primarily produced at the Walt Disney Feature Animation (now known as Walt Disney Animation Studios) facility at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla. The film was released on June 19, 1998, following a worldwide premiere at the Hollywood Bowl. Mulan is based on a 2,000-year-old Chinese folktale and filmmakers sent a group of artistic supervisors on a 3-week trip to China to sketch and photograph intriguing sites and soak up the culture as part of the production process.

June 18
1954 – Walt Disney Productions releases the special cartoon, “Casey Bats Again.”
1983 – Flights of Fantasy Parade debuts at Disneyland Park
1996 – The first residents move into the Disney-designed town of Celebration, Fla.
1997 – The Kingdom Queen ferryboat at the Walt Disney World Resort is rededicated as the General Joe Potter
1999 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Tarzan”
2010 – Disney·Pixar releases “Toy Story 3”
2012 – The “Cars” wing of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort opens

June 19
1995 – The “Partners” statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse is dedicated at Magic Kingdom Park
1998 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Mulan”
2015 – The Walt Disney Studios releases the Pixar Animation Studios feature film “Inside Out” and short cartoon “Lava”

June 20
1976 – River Country opens at the Walt Disney World Resort
1995 – The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter opens at Magic Kingdom Park
1995 – Plans for Disney’s Animal Kingdom announced at the Walt Disney World Resort
1999 – 20th Century Music Company shop opens at Disneyland Park
2008 – “Camp Rock,” starring the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato, debuts on Disney Channel

June 21
1961 – “The Litterbug” (the last Donald Duck cartoon released) debuts
1961 – Walt Disney Productions releases “The Parent Trap”
1991 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “The Rocketeer”
1996 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”
2002 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Lilo & Stitch”
2016 – Frozen Ever After attraction and Royal Sommerhus meet and greet location open in Norway pavilion at Epcot

June 22
1955 – Walt Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp” is released
1970 – The Walt Disney Archives is established
1977 – Walt Disney Productions releases “The Rescuers”
1985 – Videopolis opens at Disneyland Park
1988 – Touchstone Pictures releases “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”
2005 – Disney’s Soda Fountain and Studio Store open on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles
2012 – Disney·Pixar releases “Brave”

June 23
1944 – “Springtime for Pluto” (Pluto cartoon short) debuts
1956 – The Skyway opens at Disneyland Park
1963 – Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room opens at Disneyland Park
1967 – Walt Disney Productions releases “The Happiest Millionaire”
1989 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”
1995 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Pocahontas”
1999 – Tarzan’s Treehouse opens at Disneyland Park

June 24
1893 – Roy Oliver Disney, Walt Disney’s brother, is born
1994 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “The Lion King”
1994 – The Electric Umbrella restaurant opens at Epcot
2006 – Disneyland Park hosts the world premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”
2011 – Disney·Pixar releases “Cars 2”

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