This Week in Disney History: April 22-28, 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:

Last year, Avengers: Infinity War set the stage for the upcoming Avengers: Endgame
Just one year ago audiences collectively lost their minds as the credits rolled for Avengers: Infinity War. Here’s the premise of Avengers: Infinity War, in case you missed all the simmering tension…

As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment—the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain. 

The last time we saw our heroes they were a little worse for wear, and with Thanos still around, the next chapter will explore what happens after the events of Avengers: Infinity War. So get ready to assemble because Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26.

April 22 
1964 – The New York World’s Fair opensincluding four Disney shows
1998 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park opens
2000 – Rip Girls (Disney Channel Original Movie) premieres
2004 – Sacred Planet film is released in IMAX theaters
2009 – Earth, the first film released under the Disneynature label, debuts
2010 – Oceans is released by Disneynature
2011 – African Cats is released by Disneynature
2011 – Zokkomon film produced by Walt Disney Co. India in Hindi is released
2018 – “UP! A Great Bird Adventure” show opens at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

April 23 
1943 – Fall Out – Fall In (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1986 – Leaders host the groundbreaking ceremony for Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

April 24 
1989 – An updated version of Mickey Mouse Club, taped at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, debuts on Disney Channel
2009 – Hatching Pete (Disney Channel Original Movie) premieres

April 25
1930 – Wild Waves (Mickey Mouse cartoon) debuts
1952 – Let’s Stick Together (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
2009 – The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story (documentary) debuts at the San Francisco International Film Festival

April 26
1940 – Tugboat Mickey (Mickey Mouse cartoon) debuts
1981 – Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life (television show) airs
1991 – Dinosaurs, a television series from Disney and Jim Henson Associates, debuts on ABC
1998 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom: The First Adventure (television special) airs, giving viewers a first look at the new park
2008 – Walt & El Grupo, premieres at the San Francisco International Film Festival, chronicling Walt Disney’s 1941 trip to South America
2018 – Disney•Pixar Toy Story Land opens at Shanghai Disneyland

April 27
1951 – Cold War (Goofy cartoon) debuts
1956 – Hooked Bear(special cartoon) is released
2003 – Eloise at the Plazaairs on The Wonderful World of Disney
2013 – First Radio Disney Music Awards ceremony held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
2015 – Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, with an adjacent Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace, opens off the lobby at the Polynesian Resort at the Walt Disney World Resort
2018 – Marvel Studios releases Avengers: Infinity War

April 28
1930 – Night (Silly Symphony cartoon) directed by Walt Disney is released\
1939 – Hockey Champ (Donald Duck cartoon) is released
1950 –Trailer Horn (Donald Duck cartoon) is released
1997 – Cinderella’s Royal Table becomes the new name for King Stefan’s Banquet Hall in Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort
2008 – Abu’s Bazaar shop opens in the Arabian Coast area at Tokyo DisneySea
2008 – it’s a small world opens at Hong Kong Disneyland
2011 – Tokyo DisneySea reopens after several weeks of being closed after a March 12 earthquake and tsunami in Japan

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