This Week in Disney History: December 23-29, 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:


The first of its kind on Walt Disney World Property, Cirque du Soleil custom built a theater at Downtown Disney West Side (now Disney Springs) to debut “La Nouba” on Dec. 23, 1998. This colorful show combined acrobatics, dazzling costumes and circus-like theatrics that wowed audiences for nearly two-decades.

A brand-new show designed by the brilliant minds of Cirque du Soleil and our very own Walt Disney Imagineers is coming April 17, 2020. “Drawn to Life” will bring together the magic of animation and daring entertainment Cirque du Soleil is known for.

THIS WEEK: 

Dec. 23
1954 – Walt Disney Pictures releases "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"
1987 – Touchstone Pictures releases "Good Morning Vietnam"
1998 – “La Nouba” by Cirque du Soleil opens at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort

Dec. 24
1948 – “Tea for Two Hundred” (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1955 – Mike Fink Keel Boats open at Disneyland Park
1970 – Walt Disney Productions releases “The Aristocats”
1971 – Flight to the Moon opens in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park 

Dec. 25
1950 – “One Hour in Wonderland” (the first Disney television show) airs
1953 – “Canvas Back Duck” (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1953 – “How to Sleep” (Goofy cartoon) debuts
1955 – Mike Fink Keel Boats open at Disneyland Park
1957 – Walt Disney Productions releases “Old Yeller”
1958 – Walt Disney Productions releases “Tonka”
1963 – Walt Disney Productions releases “The Sword in the Stone”
1997 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Mr. Magoo”
1998 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Mighty Joe Young”
2002 – Miramax Films releases "Gangs of New York"
2003 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Young Black Stallion”
2004 – Miramax Films releases "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou"
2008 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Bedtime Stories”
2011 – Touchstone Pictures releases “War Horse,” a DreamWorks film.
2014 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Into the Woods”

Dec. 26
1927 – “Rickety Gin” (Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon) debuts
1941 – “The Art of Self Defense” (Goofy cartoon) debuts
1947 – “Pluto’s Blue Note” (Pluto cartoon) debuts 

Dec. 27
1926 – “Alice the Lumber Jack” (Alice Comedy) debuts
1930 – “Playful Pan” (Silly Symphony) debuts
1937 – Time Magazine features Walt Disney on the cover for the first time
1940 – “Pantry Pirate” (Pluto cartoon) debuts
1954 – Time Magazine features Walt Disney on the cover for the second time

Dec. 28
1955 – Man and the Moon (television show) airs
1998 - Character breakfast at Fulton's Crab House officially closes

Dec. 29
1954 – “Beaver Valley/Cameras in Africa” (television show) airs
1995 – Hollywood Pictures releases “Mr. Holland’s Opus” in Los Angeles for Academy Award consideration
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