This Week in Disney History: November 11-17, 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:

On Nov. 16, 2004, Turtle Talk with Crush officially opens in The Living Seas (the pavilion was later renamed "The Seas with Nemo and Friends") at Epcot. Through the amazing technology of the hydrophone, Guests can communicate directly with their favorite sea turtle, Crush. Crush loves to talk about marine biology, his friends, his favorite food and life on the East Australian Current – but he’ll provide a totally cool answer no matter the question!


Nov. 11 
1953 - “Working for Peanuts” (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
1956 - Walt Disney appears on the television game show "What's My Line?"

Nov. 12
1932 - “The Klondike Kid” and “Wayward Canary” (Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts) debut
1946 - Walt Disney Pictures releases “Song of the South”at Loew’s Grand Theatre in Atlanta
1993 - Walt Disney Pictures releases “The Three Musketeers”
1999 - Downtown Disney Marketplace carousel opens

Nov. 13
1940 - Walt Disney Pictures premieres “Fantasia” at the Broadway Theater in New York
1997 - Disney Theatrical Productions’ “The Lion King” opens at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway

Nov. 14
1941 - “The Art of Skiing” (Goofy cartoon short) debuts
1947 - “Mail Dog” (Pluto cartoon short) debuts
1995 - Disney Magic is announced as the name of the first Disney Cruise Line ship
2007 – Yak & Yeti Restaurant opens at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Nov. 15
1932 - The first class of Disney Art School is held on a Walt Disney Studio soundstage to train animators
1965 - Walt Disney and Roy O. Disney announce the “Florida project” that later would be known as the Walt Disney World Resort
1993 - The Garden Grill Restaurant opens in The Land pavilion at Epcot
1980 - Grand opening of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom Park

Nov. 16
1990 - Walt Disney Pictures releases “The Rescuers Down Under”
2004 - Turtle Talk with Crush officially opens in The Living Seas at Epcot
2004 - Stitch’s Great Escape! opens at Magic Kingdom Park
2006 - Disney Theatrical Productions’ “Mary Poppins” opens at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Broadway

Nov. 17
1989 - Walt Disney Pictures releases “The Little Mermaid”
1990 - Resort leaders begin the first of a two-day grand opening for Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort
1993 - An interactive fountain between Future World and World Showcase opens at Epcot
1997 - Leaders dedicate the Disney Cruise Line Terminal at Port Canaveral, Fla.
2011 – Toy Story Land officially opens in Hong Kong Disneyland Park
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