This Week in Disney History: December 30, 2019 – January 5, 2020

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 Jan. 2, 2001, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel at Disneyland Resort welcomes its first Guests.
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel is the first Disney resort to be located inside a theme park, providing Guests with direct access to Disney California Adventure. The resort’s design celebrates the turn-of-the-century romantic movement of California, capturing the artistic exploration of California’s coastline.

This Week:

Dec. 30
1890 – Raymond Arnold Disney (Walt's brother) is born
1928 – "Gallopin’ Gaucho" (Mickey short with sound) premieres in New York
2008 – Disneyland Dream (home movie detailing a family’s trip to Disneyland in 1956) is selected for the 2008 Library of Congress National Film Registry 

Dec. 31
1936 – Walt and Lillian Disney adopt their second daughter, Sharon Mae Disney
1992 – 8TRAX nightclub opens at Pleasure Island
2002 – The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Walt Disney World Resort begins random drop sequences 

Jan. 1
1888 – Elias Disney and Flora Call (Walt's parents) marry in Akron, Fla.
1943 – “Der Fuehrer's Face” (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
1959 – Fantasyland Autopia opens at Disneyland Park
1966 – Walt Disney serves as grand marshal of the Tournament of Roses Parade
1992 – Disney’s Eagle Pines and Osprey Ridge golf courses open at the Walt Disney World Resort
2000 – Walt Disney Pictures releases "Fantasia 2000"
2000 – Roy E. Disney is Grand Marshal of the Rose Parade
2005 – Mickey Mouse is Grand Marshal of the 116th Tournament of Roses Parade 

Jan. 2 
1937 – "The Worm Turns" (Mickey Mouse cartoon short) debuts
1977 – Mine Train through Nature’s Wonderland closes at Disneyland Park
1984 – The Astuter Computer Revue closes at Epcot
1996 – World of Motion closes at Epcot
2001 – Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel opens at Disneyland Resort

Jan. 3
1965 – "Disneyland's 10th Anniversary" TV special airs on "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color"
1984 — The Astuter Computer Revue closes at Epcot
1994 – Kitchen Kabaret closes at Epcot
2001 – The Downtown Disney District soft opens at the Disneyland Resort

Jan. 4
1936 – “Mickey’s Polo Team” (cartoon short) released
1989 – Sunkist Citrus House closes at Disneyland Park
1994 – The Disney Inn closes at the Walt Disney World Resort (to become Shades of Green)
1996 – Disney shareholders approve the acquisition of Capital Cities/ABC
1999 – Disneyland Paris begins accepting the new euro currency (aka “E-day”) in the form of credit cards, checks and travelers checks
2003 – The final performance of the “Polynesian Revue” takes place at Disney’s Polynesian Resort
2010 – Honey, I Shrunk the Audience closes at Disneyland Park
2018 – The Edison opens at the Landing at Disney Springs

Jan. 5
1935 – "The Tortoise and the Hare" (Silly Symphony) is released
1998 – Take Flight (longtime Tomorrowland attraction, originally titled If You Had Wings) closes at Magic Kingdom Park
2018 – Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire experience from ILMxLAB and The Void opens at Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort
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