This Week in Disney History: December 2-8, 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 Dec. 5, 1901, Elias and Flora Disney welcomed a baby boy named Walter into the world. Their son, born in Chicago, Illinois, would later become the founder and father to the Walt Disney Company that would spread magic across the entire world.

As a child, Walt Disney lived in Marceline, Missouri with his family, where he grew to appreciate the small-town charms of rural life. From an early age, he showed incredible talent for drawing and acting.

This week in Disney History:

Dec. 2
1935 — Marc Davis (animator and one of Walt’s “Nine Old Men”) joins The Walt Disney Studios
1965 — Walt Disney Pictures releases “That Darn Cat”
1988 — Company D (Cast Member store) opens at Disneyland Resort

Dec. 3
1948 — “Mickey and the Seal” (Mickey Mouse cartoon short) debuts
1980 — Leaders hold a groundbreaking ceremony for Tokyo Disneyland Park

Dec. 4
1942 — “How to Fish” (Goofy cartoon short) debuts
2001 — Disneyland Resort Paris becomes the new name of the Euro Disney property
2001 — Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream is dedicated at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
2015 — D23 commemorates the return of three historic Audio-Animatronics in the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros at Epcot

Dec. 5
1901 — Walter Elias Disney is born in Chicago
1930 — “Pioneer Days” (Mickey Mouse cartoon short) debuts
2001 — Chester & Hester’s Dino-Rama! is dedicated at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
2001 — The Sorcerer’s Hat icon is dedicated at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during the 100 Years of Magic celebration, commemorating the centennial of Walt’s birth

Dec. 6
1903 — Walt’s sister Ruth Flora Disney is born;
2012 — New Fantasyland is dedicated with a ceremony at Magic Kingdom Park

Dec. 7
1941 — Japanese planes attack U.S. ships in Pearl Harbor, Hawai`i; the U.S. Army later moves onto the Disney lot in Burbank, Calif., in an effort to protect nearby military facilities
1945 — “Canine Patrol” (Pluto cartoon short) debuts
2015 — Walt Disney’s office suite is restored as a permanent exhibit space at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA

Dec. 8
1944 — “Donald’s Off Day” (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
1989 — Monorail Blue becomes the first operational Mark VI monorail train at the Walt Disney World Resort
2006 — Touchstone Pictures releases “Apocalypto”
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