This Week in Disney History: October 8-14

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:


Oct. 11, 1982 — Epcot leaders dedicate the American Adventure pavilion
Located directly across the lagoon from Spaceship Earth, the American Adventure pavilion reflects colonial design influences including Independence Hall, Monticello and Boston’s Old State House. Inside the stately structure is a theatrical attraction starring Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain, who lead a 35-member cast of Audio-Animatronics figures that take Guests on a stirring exploration of American history from the Boston Tea Party through the civil rights movement.

Oct. 8
1989 – The Contemporary Cafe opens at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
1993 – The Disney-owned Mighty Ducks of Anaheim play their first NHL game at Arrowhead Pond (now Honda Center)
2003 – A grand opening ceremony is held for Mickey’s PhilharMagic at Magic Kingdom Park
2010 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Secretariat”
2010 – The nighttime street party ElecTRONica debuts at Disney California Adventure Park

Oct. 9
1983 – “Tiger Town,” the first film created exclusively for the Disney Channel, airs
1999 – “Don’t Look Under the Bed” (Disney Channel Original Movie) airs
2005 – “Little Einsteins” (television series) premieres on Disney Channel

Oct. 10
1930 – “The Gorilla Mystery” (Mickey Mouse cartoon short) debuts
1931 – “The Barnyard Broadcast” (Mickey Mouse cartoon short) debuts
1939 – “Officer Duck” (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
1957 – The first episode of “Zorro” premieres on ABC
1958 – “The Pigeon that Worked a Miracle” (television show) airs

Oct. 11
1946 – “Bath Day” (Figaro cartoon short) debuts
1959 – Rainbow Caverns Mine Train closes at Disneyland Park
1964 – “A Rag, a Bone, a Box of Junk” (television show) airs
2002 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Tuck Everlasting”

Oct. 12
1955 – “Adventures of Mickey Mouse” (television show) airs
1986 – The Golden Horseshoe Revue (show) closes at Disneyland Park after nearly 50,000 performances

Oct. 13
1950 – “Bee at the Beach” (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
1955 – “The Emperor Penguins” (live-action short) debuts
1987 – Actor Fred MacMurray is honored as the first Disney Legend
1995 – The 500,000,000th Guest visits the Walt Disney World Resort

Oct. 14
1938 – “Farmyard Symphony” (Silly Symphony) debuts
1971 – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea opens at Magic Kingdom Park
2000 – “Buzz Lightyear of Star Command” (television series) airs

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