This Week in Disney History: April 8-14, 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:


This week: On April 12, 1995, ‘Ohana opened at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort at the Walt Disney World Resort.
‘Ohana, open for more than 20 years at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, is a very popular Walt Disney World restaurant that overlooks the Seven Seas Lagoon. Serving Hawaiian-flavored specialties with fun entertainment, this Disney hot spot is truly a place for family, laughter, and sharing.

April 8
1973 – The Walt Disney Storyopens at Disneyland Park
1974 – Treasure Island, a nature preserve in Bay Lake (later Discovery Island) opens at the Walt Disney World Resort
2005 – Disney’s Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama debuts on The Disney Channel
2006 – Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast opens at Disneyland Paris

April 9
1958 – Adventure in the Magic Kingdom (television show) airs
1961 – Walt Disney dedicates the Snow White Grotto and Wishing Well adjacent to Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park
1987 – Disney Traders, a shop in World Showcase Plaza at Epcot, opens
2005 – Space Mountain: Mission 2 debuts at Disneyland Paris

April 10
1930 – The Barnyard Concert (Mickey Mouse cartoon) debuts
1992 – Walt Disney Pictures releases Newsies (film) 
2009 – Hannah Montana the Movie (film) is released in the United States

April 11
1997 – Hollywood Pictures releases Grosse Pointe Blank 
2003 – The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh opens at Disneyland Park
2003 – Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage!opens at Disney California Adventure Park

April 12
1946 – The cartoon short Pluto’s Kid Brotherdebuts
1992 – Disneyland Paris opens as Euro Disney
1995 – ‘Ohana opens at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort at the Walt Disney World Resort
1996 – Walt Disney Pictures releases James and the Giant Peach

April 13
1935 – Mickey’s Kangaroo the last black-and-white Walt Disney Studios cartoon short, debuts
2001 – Disney Channel Original Movie Houndedairs
2011 – Happy Endings (television comedy) debuts on ABC

April 14
1934 – The Big Bad Wolf (Silly Symphony) debuts
1962 – Spring Fling, an entertainment event, is first held at Disneyland
2006 – The Wild (film) is released by Walt Disney Pictures

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