This Week in Disney History: January 13-19, 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. 15, 1975, Space Mountain opened its port doors for the first galaxy-bound travelers at Magic Kingdom Park. This classic ride was envisioned by Imagineers in the 1960s when space travel became a remarkable reality, not just the stuff of science fiction. Even real astronauts joined the creative team in developing this attraction.

Due to rocketing in popularity, Space Mountain attractions have since opened at Disneyland Park in 1977, at Tokyo Disneyland in 1983, at Disneyland Paris in 1995, and at Hong Kong Disneyland in 2005.


Jan. 13
1930 - The first Mickey Mouse comic strip appears, distributed by King Features Syndicate
1934 - "The China Shop" (Silly Symphony) debuts
2001 - "Disney's House of Mouse" debuts on ABC
2007 - "Johnny and the Sprites" debuts on Disney Channel

Jan. 14
1949 - "Pueblo Pluto" (short) debuts
1955 - "No Hunting" (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
1990 - The first of two four-story dolphins are placed atop the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
1994 - Walt Disney Pictures releases “Iron Will”
2005 - Now You See It (Disney Channel Original Movie) debuts

Jan. 15
1925 - “Alice the Toreador” (Alice Comedy) debuts
1926 - “Alice’s Balloon Ride” (Alice Comedy) debuts
1943 - “Education for Death” (special cartoon featurette) debuts
1954 - “Spare the Rod” (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1969 - The Marina Tower officially opens at the Disneyland Hotel
1970 - The Legacy of Walt Disney exhibit opens at Disneyland Park
1975 - Space Mountain opens at Magic Kingdom Park
1975 - After being moved from Disneyland Park, Carousel of Progress opens at Magic Kingdom Par
1986 - The Living Seas opens at Epcot
1999 - The first units at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort open at the Walt Disney World Resort
2014 - Disney Kingdoms, a comic book series from Marvel, launches its initial series
2016 - “The Lion Guard” (television series) premieres on Disney Junior

Jan. 16
1930 - "Summer" (Silly Symphony) debuts
1932 - “The Bird Store” (Silly Symphony) debuts
1942 - “The Village Smithy” (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1957 - “Your Host, Donald Duck” (television show) airs
1970 - The Walt Disney World Preview Center opens to the public
1994 - The inaugural Walt Disney World Resort Marathon begins at 6 a.m. at the Epcot parking lot
1998 - Touchstone Pictures releases "Kundun"
2003 - “Disney’s Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular” premieres at Disney California Adventure Park
2004 - Walt Disney Pictures releases “Teacher’s Pet”
2004 - “Pixel Perfect” (Disney Channel Original Movie) debuts

Jan. 17
1977 - “The New Mickey Mouse Club” (television show) airs in syndication
1993 - “The Ernest Green Story” (Disney Channel Premiere Film) debuts
2003 - “That’s So Raven” debuts on Disney Channel
2014 - “Cloud 9” (Disney Channel Original Movie) premieres
2014 - “I Didn’t Do It” (Disney Channel television series) debuts

Jan. 18
1952 - “Donald Applecore” (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1958 - Ken-L-Land, later renamed Disneyland Resort Kennel Club, opens at Disneyland Park
1963 - Walt Disney Productions releases “Son of Flubber”
1983 - “Ferdinand the Bull and Mickey” (television show) airs
1987 - “Great Moments in Disney Animation” (television show) airs
1992 - "Beauty and the Beast" becomes the first animated film to win a Golden Globe Award for Best Picture (Comedy or Musical)
1998 - “Ruby Bridges” (television movie) airs
1999 - “So Weird” (Disney Channel television series) debuts
2002 - Walt Disney Pictures releases “Snow Dogs”
2002 - “Double Teamed” (Disney Channel Original Movie) debuts

Jan. 19
1935 - “Mickey’s Man Friday” (Mickey Mouse cartoon) debuts
1949 - Walt Disney Productions releases “So Dear to My Heart”
1951 - “Chicken in the Rough” (Chip and Dale cartoon) debuts
1955 - “Monsters of the Deep” (television show) airs
1996 - Hollywood Pictures releases "Mr. Holland's Opus"
1997 - The first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race is held at the Walt Disney World Speedway
2001 - “Lizzie McGuire” (television series) debuts on Disney Channel
2003 - “Sounder” (television movie) debuts on The Wonderful World of Disney
2002 - “Teamo Supremo” (television series) debuts
2011 - Disney Dream cruise ship is officially christened
2011 - “The Magic, The Memories, and You!” premieres at Magic Kingdom Park
2016 - “Marvel’s Captain America: 75 Heroic Years” (television special) airs on ABC
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