This Week in Disney History: February 3-9, 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:


Talk about a roaring trip through California’s best!
Built over the original parking lot of Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park is a 55-acre park that opened on February 8, 2001. Guests could step right into California beach culture, the glamor of Hollywood, and more. There’s even a gargantuan inclusion of the state’s grizzly bear icon in the form of a towering mountain!

Feb. 3
1931 − “Birds of a Feather” (Silly Symphony) debuts
1939 − “Society Dog Show” (Mickey, Pluto cartoon short) debuts
1945 − Walt Disney Pictures releases “The Three Caballeros” in the United States
1986 – Pixar Animation Studios is founded
1993 − Walt Disney Pictures releases “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey”

Feb. 4
1954 – Walt Disney Productions releases “Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue”
1966 – Walt Disney Productions releases “Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree”
1966 – Walt Disney Productions releases “The Ugly Dachshund”
1986 − The Walt Disney World Golf Resort becomes The Disney Inn (now called Shades of Green)
1987 − Walt Disney World leaders host the groundbreaking ceremony of Typhoon Lagoon
2017 – Paddlefish opens at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort

Feb. 5
1946 – “The ABC of Hand Tools” (training film) is delivered to General Motors Corporation
1953 – Walt Disney Productions releases “Peter Pan”
1953 – “Bear Country” (True-Life Adventure featurette) debuts
1960 – “Two Happy Amigos” (television show) airs
1992 – “Beauty and the Beast” is nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture
1996 – Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe opens at Magic Kingdom Park
2000 – “The Color of Friendship” (Disney Channel Original Movie) debuts

Feb. 6
1859 − Elias Disney (Walt Disney’s father) is born
1928 – “The Ol’ Swimmin’ ‘ole” (Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon) debuts
1937 – “Magician Mickey” (Mickey Mouse cartoon) debuts
1943 – Walt Disney Productions releases “Saludos Amigos” in the United States
1948 – “The Big Wash” (Goofy cartoon) debuts
1972 – “Justin Morgan Had a Horse” (two-part television show) part one airs
1986 – Walt Disney Productions changes its name to The Walt Disney Company
1994 – “Aladdin” (television series) airs on Disney Channel
2001 – Rancho del Zocalo opens at Disneyland Park
2004 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Miracle”
2007 – “Cinderella III: A Twist in Time” (direct-to-DVD animated film) is released
2009 – it’s a small world officially reopens at Disneyland Park with 29 Disney and Pixar characters incorporated into the attraction
2011 – Tortuga Tavern opens at Magic Kingdom Park
2015 – “Miles from Tomorrowland” (television series) debuts on Disney Channel

Feb. 7
1927 – “Alice at the Carnival” (Alice Comedy) debuts
1938 – Donald Duck begins as a daily comic strip in newspapers
1940 – Walt Disney’s “Pinocchio” premieres in New York City
1942 – “Mickey’s Birthday Party” (Mickey Mouse cartoon) debuts
1971 – “Bayou Boy” (two-part television show) part one airs
1997 − The Richard Petty Driving Experience debuts at the Walt Disney World Resort Speedway
2006 – “Bambi II” (direct-to-DVD animated film) is released

Feb. 8
1952 – The Disney animated short “Lambert, the Sheepish Lion” debuts
1956 – “Survival in Nature” (television show) airs
1968 – Walt Disney Productions releases “Blackbeard’s Ghost”
1983 – “A Valentine from Disney” (television show) airs
2001 – Disney California Adventure Park opens at Disneyland Resort
2006 – Disney reacquires Oswald the Lucky Rabbit from NBC Universal
2009 – “Sonny with a Chance” (television series) debuts on Disney Channel

Feb. 9
1951 – “Cold Storage” (Pluto cartoon) debuts
1955 – “A Progress Report/Nature’s Half Acre” (“Disneyland” television episode) airs
1962 – Walt Disney Productions releases “Moon Pilot”
1964 – “The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh” (three-part television show) part one airs
1969 – “The Secret of Boyne Castle” (three-part television show) part one airs
1986 – The 3-D film “Magic Journeys” closes at Epcot
1996 – The merger of Capital Cities/ABC and The Walt Disney Company is completed
1996 -The Disney Institute participatory vacation experience opens at Walt Disney World Resort
2009 – The Walt Disney Company announces a long-term distribution and marketing deal with DreamWorks Studios
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