This Week in Disney History: December 17-23

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. 20: 50 years since Winnie the Pooh and friends were swept away on a blustery day
“Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day” was released on December 20, 1968. Based on the stories of A.A. Milne, a blustery “Winds-day” turns into a storm in the Hundred Acre Wood. Pooh and Piglet are swept up like a kite and washed away in a flood, while Owl’s house collapses. But, before the day is over, Owl finds a new home, and Pooh and Piglet become heroes.

In its most imaginative sequence, Pooh has a nightmare inhabited by fantastic creatures like Heffalumps and Woozles. Sound familiar? The animated featurette also served as an inspiration for the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ride at Magic Kingdom Park in which the rider experiences several scenes from the cartoon, including Pooh’s Heffalump and Woozle dream.

Did you know? “Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day” won the 1968 Academy Award for Best Short Subject, Cartoons. It is also the only Winnie the Pooh production to win an Academy Award.

Dec. 17
1931 – “The Ugly Duckling” (Silly Symphony) debuts
1932 – “Mickey’s Good Deed” (Mickey Mouse cartoon) debuts
1943 – “Chicken Little” (special cartoon) debuts
1990 – Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure opens at Disney-MGM Studios (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios)
2010 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Tron: Legacy”
2012 – Senses, A Disney Spa opens at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Dec. 18
1942 – “Bellboy Donald” (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1933 – Diane M. Disney, oldest daughter of Walt and Lillian Disney, is born
1966 – “Disneyland Around the Seasons” (television special) airs
1985 – Disney and the French government reach an agreement to build a theme park, Euro Disneyland, in Marne-la-Vallée
1994 – Planet Hollywood opens at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort
2015 – Lucasfilm Ltd. releases “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Dec. 19
1936 – “More Kittens” (Silly Symphony) debuts
1962 – “A Symposium on Popular Songs” (special cartoon featurette) is released
1962 – Walt Disney Productions releases “In Search of the Castaways”
1999 – Tomorrowland Speedway becomes Tomorrowland Indy Speedway at Magic Kingdom Park
2012 – Splitsville Luxury Lanes opens at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort

Dec. 20
1946 – “Double Dribble” (Goofy cartoon) debuts
1961 – “Aquamania” (Goofy cartoon) debuts
1968 – “Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day” (special cartoon featurette) debuts
1968 – Walt Disney Productions releases “The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit”
1974 – “Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too” (special cartoon featurette) debuts
1974 – Walt Disney Productions releases “The Island at the Top of the World”
1979 – Walt Disney Productions releases “The Black Hole”
1991 – Touchstone Pictures releases “Father of the Bride”
2013 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Saving Mr. Banks”

Dec. 21
1937 – “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” premieres at the Carthay Circle Theater in Hollywood
1945 – “Old Sequoia” (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1960 – Walt Disney Productions releases “Swiss Family Robinson”
1960 – “The Horse with the Flying Tail” (featurette) debuts
2007 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “National Treasure: Book of Secrets”
2007 – “How to Hook up Your Home Theater” (Goofy cartoon) debuts
2012 – The Walt Disney Company acquires Lucasfilm Ltd.

Dec. 22
1954 – “A Present for Donald” (television show) debuts
1955 – Walt Disney Productions releases “The Littlest Outlaw”
1995 – Chef Mickey’s opens at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
1995 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Tom and Huck”
2007 – Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: Un Saut dans la Quatrième Dimension opens in Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris

Dec. 23
1938 – “Mother Goose Goes Hollywood” (Silly Symphony) debuts
1954 – Walt Disney Productions releases “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”
1954 – “Grand Canyonscope” (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1998 – “La Nouba” by Cirque du Soleil opens at Downtown Disney West Side (now Disney Springs) at Walt Disney World Resort

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