This Week in Disney History: January 6-12, 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. 12, 1990, the second park entrance to Epcot opened at Walt Disney World Resort. Dubbed the “International Gateway”, this convenient walkway links Guests staying at several area resorts to the famous World Showcase section of the park. By foot, by boat, or by Disney Skyliner, travelers may find themselves whisked a world away–just minutes from their cozy resort beds!

THIS WEEK:

Jan. 6
1939 – “The Bulletin,” an employee newsletter for the Disney Studios, is first published
1950 – Pluto’s Heart Throb (cartoon short) debuts
1997 – Rocket Jets attraction closes at Disneyland Park

Jan. 7
1933 – “Building a Building” (Mickey Mouse cartoon short) debuts
1992 – Voyage of the Little Mermaid opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
2008 – Disney-MGM Studios is officially renamed Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Jan. 8
1936 – Walt Disney is inducted into the French Legion of Honor for his contributions to animation
1999 – Touchstone Pictures releases “A Civil Action”
2004 – Disneyland Park welcomes its 500 millionth Guest
2012 – Disney Fantasy “floats out,” marking a significant construction milestone for the fourth ship of the Disney Cruise Line fleet

Jan. 9
1937 – “Don Donald” (animated short) debuts, featuring Donald Duck and a character named Donna (who later became Daisy)
1976 – Disneyana Shop opens on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland Park
1987 – Star Tours opens at Disneyland Park
1999 – Horizons is open to Guests for the final day at Epcot
2012 – Over a dozen new songs are added to the Main Street, U.S.A. music loop at Disneyland Park

Jan. 10
1930 – Roy E. Disney (Walt's nephew and company director emeritus) is born in Los Angeles, Calif.
1932 – King Features begins syndication of Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphony comics in color
1982 – Walt Disney World Resort switches completely to passport-style admission tickets
1997 – Hollywood Pictures releases "Evita"
2001 – Disneyland Paris welcomes its 100 millionth guest

Jan. 11
1929 – The first Mickey Mouse Club meeting is held at the Fox Dome Theater in Ocean Park, Calif.
1990 – International Gateway officially opens at Epcot
2002 – Superstar Limo closes at Disney California Adventure Park
2012 – Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe officially opens at Disneyland Park
2017 – Iron Man Experience opens at Hong Kong Disneyland

Jan. 12
1990 – International Gateway, a second park entrance, opens at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort
1999 – Disney and the search portal Infoseek officially launch the Go.com network
2001 – The Downtown Disney District officially opens at the Disneyland Resort
2003 – Disney leaders preside over the groundbreaking ceremony of Hong Kong Disneyland
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