This Week in Disney History: March 25-31, 2019

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:

Celebrating 5 years of My Disney Experience and MagicBands at Walt Disney World Resort
On March 31, 2014, My Disney Experience and MagicBands were made available to all Guests. Since their launch, MagicBands have been enjoyed by millions of Guests who can conveniently link the plans and vacation choices they make in the My Disney Experience app and website – from park entry to dining reservations,FastPass+ redemption and more.

March 25
1979 – Born to Run (two-part television show) airs
1987 – Down and Out with Donald Duck (television show) airs
1994 – Walt Disney Pictures releases D2: The Mighty Ducks
2011 – The Suite Life Movie (Disney Channel Original Movie) debuts
2011 – Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar opens at the Disneyland Hotel
2017 – Plazma Ray’s Diner opens in Tomorrowland at Tokyo Disneyland Park

March 26
1967 – Man on Wheels (television show) airs
1989 – Super DuckTales (two-hour animated show) airs
1994 – Food Rocks opens at The Land at Epcot
1995 – Disneyland Park hosts its first marathon and 5K
1999 – Donald’s Dynamite: Opera Box debuts in theaters with Doug’s 1st Movie
2001 – SpectroMagic (nighttime parade) returns to Magic Kingdom Park
2001 – South Pacific (television special) airs on ABC
2005 – Little House on the Prairie (five-part television series) airs on The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC
2009 – The Friar’s Nook opens in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park
2010 – Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars (television movie) airs on Disney Channel
2010 – Waking Sleeping Beauty (documentary film) is released in theaters

March 27
1957 – Donald’s Award (television show) airs
1959 – Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom (television show) airs
1961 – Snow White Grotto opens at Disneyland Park
1989 – The Walt Disney World Casting Center opens on Buena Vista Drive at Walt Disney World Resort
1998 – Walt Disney Pictures releases Meet the Deedles
2005 – Grey’s Anatomy (television series) debuts on ABC

March 28
1936 – Elmer Elephant (Silly Symphony) debuts
1941 – A Gentleman’s Gentleman (Pluto cartoon) debuts
1941 – Baggage Buster (Goofy cartoon) debuts
1953 – Father’s Day Off (Goofy cartoon) debuts
1987 – The first Disney Store opens at the Glendale Galleria mall in California
1987 – Port of Entry retail store opens at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort
1992 – Newsies! Newsies! See All About It! (television special) airs
1997 – ESPN Wide World of Sports has its grand opening and is officially inaugurated with a game between the Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds
1999 – Balloon Farm (television movie) airs on The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC
1999 – Chérie, J’ai Rétréci le Public (Honey, I Shrunk the Audience) opens in Discoveryland at Disneyland Paris
2001 – My Wife and Kids (television series) debuts on ABC
2002 – Kingdom Hearts video game series is first launched in Japan

March 29
1963 – Walt Disney Productions releases Miracle of the White Stallions
1970 – Nature’s Strangest Oddballs (television show) airs
1985 – Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade opens at Disneyland Park
1998 – Safety Patrol (television movie) airs on The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC
2002 – Walt Disney Pictures releases The Rookie
2011 – Body of Proof (television series) debuts on ABC
2012 – A stage musical version of Newsies officially opens on Broadway

March 30
1945 – The Eyes Have It (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
2007 – Walt Disney Pictures releases Meet the Robinsons
2011 – Town Square Theater opens on Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park
2015 – Star vs. The Forces of Evil (animated television series) debuts on Disney XD

March 31
1944 – Donald Duck and the Gorilla (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1958 – Grand Canyon Diorama is added to the Santa Fe and Disneyland Railroad
1968 – The Mystery of Edward Sims (two-part television show) airs
1991 – Perfect Harmony (television movie) airs on Disney Channel
2001 – Tokyo Disneyland Resort discontinues ticket books for admission
2012 – The Disney Fantasy sets sail from Port Canaveral on its maiden voyage
2014 – MyMagic+ debuts to all Walt Disney World Guests as part of its test and adjust process

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