This Week in Disney History: January 14-20

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:


Jan. 20: Five years of western, musical comedy with Callie the Calico cat
Disney Junior’s “Sheriff Callie’s Wild West” television series debuted Jan. 20, 2014 as the very first Western for preschoolers, the show follows Callie, a lovable Calico cat, as she keeps the peace in a little town called Nice and Friendly Corners; it uses folklore of the Old West to impart life lessons about kindness, friendship, and honesty.

Jan. 14
1949 – “Pueblo Pluto” (Pluto cartoon) debuts
1955 – “No Hunting” (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1994 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Iron Will”
2005 – “Now You See It” (Disney Channel Original Movie) debuts

Jan. 15
1925 – “Alice the Toreador” (Alice Comedy) debuts
1926 – “Alice’s Balloon Ride” (Alice Comedy) debuts
1943 – “Education for Death” (special cartoon featurette) debuts
1954 – “Spare the Rod” (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1970 – The Legacy of Walt Disney exhibit opens at Disneyland Park
1975 – After being moved from Disneyland Park, Carousel of Progress opens at Magic Kingdom Park
1975 – Space Mountain opens at Magic Kingdom Park
1986 – The Living Seas opens at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort
1999 – The first units at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort open at the Walt Disney World Resort
2014 – Disney Kingdoms, a comic book series from Marvel, launches its initial series
2016 – “The Lion Guard” (television series) premieres on Disney Junior

Jan. 16
1930 – “Summer” (Silly Symphony) debuts
1932 – “The Bird Store” (Silly Symphony) debuts
1942 – “The Village Smithy” (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1957 – “Your Host, Donald Duck” (television show) airs
2004 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Teacher’s Pet”
2004 – “Pixel Perfect” (Disney Channel Original Movie) debuts

Jan. 17 
1977 – “The New Mickey Mouse Club” (television show) airs in syndication
1993 – “The Ernest Green Story” (Disney Channel Premiere Film) debuts
2003 – “That’s So Raven” debuts on Disney Channel
2014 – “Cloud 9” (Disney Channel Original Movie) premieres
2014 – “I Didn’t Do It” (Disney Channel television series) debuts

Jan. 18 
1952 – “Donald Applecore” (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1958 – Ken-L-Land, later renamed Disneyland Resort Kennel Club, opens at Disneyland Park
1963 – Walt Disney Productions releases “Son of Flubber”
1983 – “Ferdinand the Bull and Mickey” (television show) airs
1987 – “Great Moments in Disney Animation” (television show) airs
1998 – “Ruby Bridges” (television movie) airs
1999 – “So Weird” (Disney Channel television series) debuts
2002 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Snow Dogs”
2002 – “Double Teamed” (Disney Channel Original Movie) debuts

Jan. 19
1935 – “Mickey’s Man Friday” (Mickey Mouse cartoon) debuts
1949 – Walt Disney Productions releases “So Dear to My Heart”
1951 – “Chicken in the Rough” (Chip and Dale cartoon) debuts
1955 – “Monsters of the Deep” (television show) airs
2001 – “Lizzie McGuire” (television series) debuts on Disney Channel
2003 – “Sounder” (television movie) debuts on The Wonderful World of Disney
2002 – “Teamo Supremo” (television series) debuts
2011 – Disney Dream cruise ship is officially christened
2011 – “The Magic, The Memories, and You!” premieres at Magic Kingdom Park
2012 – President Barack Obama makes an official visit to Magic Kingdom Park, giving an address on tourism
2016 – “Marvel’s Captain America: 75 Heroic Years” (television special) airs on ABC

Jan. 20
1950 – “Lion Around” (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1971 – Walt Disney Productions releases “The Wild Country”
1991- “Bejewelled” (Disney Channel Premiere Film) debuts
2006 – “High School Musical” (Disney Channel Original Movie) premieres
2014 – “Sheriff Callie’s Wild West” (television series) debuts on Disney Junior

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