This Week in Disney History: July 2-8

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:

July 2
1956 – Rainbow Caverns Mine Train debuts at Disneyland Park
1967 – Carousel of Progress, PeopleMover, Rocket Jets and Tomorrowland Terrace open at Disneyland Park
1972 – Magic Kingdom I and II ferryboats debut at the Walt Disney World Resort
1986 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “The Great Mouse Detective”
1993 – Aladdin’s Oasis dinner show opens at Disneyland Park
2010 – “Captain EO” reopens in Future World at Epcot

July 3
1985 – Tinker Bell makes her first flight from Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park
2008 – The Mark VII Monorail Red opens to Guests at the Disneyland Resort
2013 – Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer films release “The Lone Ranger”

July 4
1956 – Indian War Canoes (now Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes) open at Disneyland Park
1975 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “The Apple Dumpling Gang”
1987 – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad opens at Tokyo Disneyland Park
2001 – Disney’s Electrical Parade debuts at Disney California Adventure Park

July 5
1988 – Maelstrom boat ride attraction opens in the Norway pavilion in World Showcase at Epcot
1991 – The Rocketeer begins making flights during the “Sorcery in the Sky” show at Disney-MGM Studios (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios)

July 6
1925 – Roy O. Disney puts down a $400 deposit on a lot at Hyperion Avenue in Los Angeles to build a new animation studio
1994 – Groundbreaking held for The Disney Institute at the Walt Disney World Resort
1994 – The original run of “Captain EO” closes at Epcot
2006 – Walt Disney Pictures’ “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” opens in theaters

July 7
1931 – The animated short “Mickey Steps Out” debuts.
1963 – Walt Disney Productions releases “Summer Magic”
1996 – The Circle-Vision 360 film “American Journeys” closes at Disneyland Park
2000 – Ikspiari, the shopping, dining, and entertainment area adjacent to Tokyo Disneyland, opens
2006 – Walt Disney Pictures’ “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” opens in theatres
2006 – Pirates of the Caribbean reopens at Magic Kingdom Park with Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa characters added to the attraction
2017 – “Spider-Man: Homecoming” released by Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures

July 8
1938 – The Donald Duck cartoon short “Good Scouts” debuts
1985 – Michael Eisner and then-Florida Governor Bob Graham announce plans for the Disney-MGM Studios, now Disney’s Hollywood Studios
1994 – “The Legend of the Lion King” opens at Magic Kingdom Park
1997 – “The Lion King” stage production debuts at Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis

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