This Week in Disney History: January 27- February 2, 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:


Jan. 27, 2017 - Planet Hollywood Observatory Opens at Disney Springs
Guests looking to enjoy glitz and grub can find it all in this 400-seat spherical restaurant. Reopened on Jan. 27, 2017, the Planet Hollywood Observatory brought unique live entertainment, starry video displays and plenty of food to fit the fancy. As part of the reimagining of the space, a turn-of-the-century inspired entryway helps transport Guests back in time for their dazzling feast.

Also this week in Disney history:

Jan. 27
1996 – The first Indy 200 race is held at the Walt Disney World Speedway
2006 – “The Emperor’s New School” (television show) debuts on Disney Channel
2008 – “Wild About Safety: Timon and Pumbaa, Safety Smart at Home” (animated educational film) debuts
2011 – “The Magic, The Memories, and You!” show debuts at Disneyland Resort, projected on the exterior of it’s a small world
2012 – The inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend kicks off at the Disneyland Resort
2017 – The reimagined Planet Hollywood Observatory reopens at Disney Springs

Jan. 28
1932 – “The Duck Hunt” (Mickey Mouse cartoon short) debuts
1944 – “How to Be a Sailor” (Goofy cartoon short) debuts
1962 – “Sancho, the Homing Steer” (two-part television show) airs
1968 – “Pablo and the Dancing Chihuahua” (two-part television show) airs
1982 – Wally Boag gives his final performance in the Golden Horseshoe Revue at Disneyland Park
2005 – “Aliens of the Deep” documentary debuts
2009 – Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure opens at Epcot in Walt Disney World Resort
2010 – The ESPN Wide World of Sports facility is relaunched at the Walt Disney World Resort
2012 – Kellie Nickerson of Albuquerque, N.M. wins the inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon at the Disneyland Resort

Jan. 29
1943 – “Donald’s Tire Trouble” (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
1959 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Sleeping Beauty”
1959 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Grand Canyon” (featurette)
1960 – “Wild Burro of the West” (television show) debuts
1998 – The Southern Seas makes its last cruise on Seven Seas Lagoon at the Walt Disney World Resort
2016 – Walt Disney Pictures domestically releases “The Finest Hours”

Jan. 30
1957 – “All About Magic” (television show) airs
1959 – “The Peter Tchaikovsky Story” (television show) airs
1966 – “Music for Everybody” (television show) airs
1977 – “Barry of the Great St. Bernard” (two-part television show) airs
1988 – “IllumiNations” debuts at Epcot
1998 – Hollywood Pictures releases “Deep Rising”

Jan. 31
1986− Touchstone Pictures releases “Down and Out in Beverly Hills”
1992 – Professor Barnaby Owl’s Photographic Art Studio opens near Splash Mountain in Disneyland Park
1996 − Olde World Antiques and Silversmith Shop closes in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom Park
2008 – “Eli Stone” (television series) debuts on ABC

Feb. 1
1926 – “Alice’s Little Parade” (Alice Comedy) debuts
1925 – “Alice Gets Stung” (Alice Comedy) debuts
1956 – “A Day in the Life of Donald Duck” (television show) airs
1994 – The Disney Inn reopens as Shades of Green, a military recreation resort at the Walt Disney World Resort
1995 – Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. opens at Magic Kingdom Park
2003 – The Diamond Horseshoe Revue closes at Magic Kingdom Park
2005 – “Mulan II” (direct-to-video animated film) is released
2008 – “Phineas and Ferb” officially debuts on Disney Channel

Feb. 2
1967 – Roy O. Disney holds a press conference in Winter Park, Fla., outlining specific plans for construction of the Walt Disney World Resort
1969 – “Pancho, the Fastest Paw in the West” (television movie) airs
1986 – “The Disney Sunday Movie” debuts on ABC
1988 – Film production begins on Splash, Too at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
1992 – Disney’s Dixie Landings Resort (now the Riverside portion of Disney’s Port Orleans Resort) opens at the Walt Disney World Resort
2001 – “Motocrossed” (Disney Channel Original Movie) debuts
2013 – Turtle Talk with Crush experience is introduced at the CHOC Children’s Hospital in Orange, California
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