This Week in Disney History: December 10-16

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:



Dec. 10, 1993 - Living with the Land opens at Epcot
Go deep into The Land in Future World and board a boat to venture inside the pavilion's amazing greenhouses, where crops are being grown in fantastic new ways and the future of agriculture is being developed before your very eyes.

Originally opened with the pavilion in 1982 as Listen to the Land, this renovation introduced a new opening scene exploring the powers that shape the land, both environmental and human, traveling through a dense rainforest and an American prairie. Inside the greenhouses, the sustainable agriculture being developed inside these living laboratories includes aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (farming without soil).

Much of the produce and fish grown in these greenhouses will eventually be served in The Land's three restaurants. For a closer look at the exhibits of Living with the Land, take the Behind the Seeds at Epcot guided tour for an hour-long walk through the facility.

Dec. 10
1937 –“Donald’s Ostrich” (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
1969 –“It’s Tough to be a Bird” (special live-action and cartoon featurette) debuts
1993 –Living with the Land opens at Epcot, taking the place of Listen to the Land

Dec. 11
2009 –Walt Disney Pictures releases “The Princess and the Frog”

Dec. 12
1927 –“Empty Socks” (Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon short) debuts
1952 –“How to Be a Detective” (Goofy cartoon short) debuts
1981 –“Walt Disney–One Man’s Dream” (two-hour television special) airs
2000 –Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is officially dedicated at the Disneyland Resort, replacing The Disneyland Pacific Hotel
2006 –“The Fox and the Hound 2” (direct-to-video animated film) is released

Dec. 13
1926 –“Alice’s Brown Derby” (Alice Comedy) debuts
1940 –“Fire Chief” (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
1971 –Walt Disney Productions releases “Bedknobs and Broomsticks”
2005 –“Kronk’s New Groove” (direct-to-video animated film) is released

Dec. 14
1935 –“Broken Toys” (Silly Symphony) debuts
1951 –“Bee on Guard” (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
1961 –Walt Disney Productions releases “Babes in Toyland”
1991 –“Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too” (television special) airs
2003 –Disney’s Pop Century Resort opens at the Walt Disney World Resort

Dec. 15
1924 –“Alice the Piper” (Alice Comedy) debuts
1925 –“Alice in the Jungle” (Alice Comedy) debuts
1934 –“Two-Gun Mickey” (Mickey Mouse cartoon short) debuts
1950 –“Out on a Limb” (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
1954 –The very first episode of the “Davy Crockett” television series debuts
1966 –Walt Disney passes away at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank, Calif.
1973 –Pirates of the Caribbean opens at Magic Kingdom Park
1989 –“Star Tours” opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort
2000 –Walt Disney Pictures releases “The Emperor’s New Groove”
2004 –“Davy Crockett” actor and Disney Legend Fess Parker is honored with a window in Frontierland at Disneyland Park
2017 –Lucasfilm Ltd. releases “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Dec. 16
1929 –“The Merry Dwarfs” (Silly Symphony) debuts
1949 –“Toy Tinkers” (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
1959 –“Mysteries of the Deep” (True-Life Adventure) debuts
1977 –Walt Disney Pictures releases “Pete’s Dragon”
1978 –“The Small One” (special cartoon featurette) debuts
2015 –Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen opens in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom
2016 –Lucasfilm Ltd. releases “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

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