This Week in Disney History: March 2-8, 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:


If you love the idea of molten lava, large boulders the size of small boulders, and possibly even snakes, the Indiana Jones Adventure attraction might fit your fancy. This thrilling dark ride blazed into Disneyland Park on March 3, 1996, transporting Guests into the terrifyingly awesome Temple of the Forbidden Eye.

Did you know?
This attraction’s queue has tons of immersive details and interactive elements to transport you to the past. Take a close look into Indy’s office as you pass and you’ll find 1930s copy of “Life” magazine featuring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on the cover.

THIS WEEK IN DISNEY HISTORY:

March 2
1976 - Magic Kingdom Park welcomes its 50 millionth Guest
1976 - The Fort Wilderness Kennel opens at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
2009 - Ceremony marking the start of construction on the Disney Dream, third Disney Cruise Line ship, takes place at the Mayer Werft shipyards in Papenburg, Germany

March 3
1995 - The Indiana Jones Adventure opens at Disneyland Park
1995 - Walt Disney Pictures releases “Man of the House,” starring Chevy Chase and Jonathan Taylor Thomas

March 4
1949 - Pluto’s Surprise Package (Pluto cartoon) debuts
1962 - Carnival Time (television show) airs
1973 - Chester, Yesterday’s Horse (television show) airs
1989 - Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers (television series) debuts on Disney Channel
2005 - Walt Disney Pictures releases The Pacifier
2007 - Muppet Mobile Labs, an interactive audio-animatronic demonstration featuring Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker, debuts at Disney California Adventure Park
2016 - Walt Disney Pictures releases Zootopia

March 5
1928 - Rival Romeos (Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon) debuts
1932 - Mad Dog (Mickey Mouse cartoon) debuts
1948 - Drip Dippy Donald (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1954 - Donald’s Diary (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1961 - The Coyote’s Lament (television show) airs
1967 - Atta Girl, Kelly! (three-part television series) airs
1983 - Journey into Imagination, the attraction starring Figment and Dreamfinder, opens at Epcot
1990 - Avonlea (television miniseries) debuts on Disney Channel
1991 - The Canadian television miniseries “Avonlea" debuts on Disney Channel
1999 - Michelle Kwan Skates to Disney’s Greatest Hits (television show) airs
2000 - Life Size (television movie) debuts on The Wonderful World of Disneyon ABC
2010 - Walt Disney Pictures releases Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton
2012 - Robert Sherman, songwriter along with brother Richard and a Disney Legend, passes away
2015 - American Crime (television series) debuts on ABC

March 6
1957 - Man in Flight (television show) airs
1980 - “Kraft Salutes Disneyland’s 25th Anniversary,” featuring Danny Kaye, Annette Funicello and Michael Jackson, airs on television
1988 - 14 Going on 30 (two-part television show) airs
1994 - One More Mountain (television movie) airs on ABC
2004 - Lorenzo (animated short film) premieres at the Florida Film Festival
2005 - Oprah Winfrey Presents: Their Eyes Were Watching God (ABC Premiere Event) airs

March 7
1927 - Alice the Collegiate (Alice Comedy) debuts
1936 - Mickey’s Grand Opera (Mickey Mouse cartoon) debuts
1941 - The Golden Eggs (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1956 - On Vacation (television show) airs
1997 - Walt Disney Pictures releases Jungle 2 Jungle
2008 - Walt Disney Pictures releases College Road Trip
2010 - Disney-Pixar’s “Up” wins Best Animated Feature Film at the 82nd Academy Awards
2016 - Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters opens at Disney California Adventure Park at Disneyland Resort

March 8
1946 - A Knight for a Day (Goofy cartoon) debuts
1986 - Alice’s Tea Party opens at Tokyo Disneyland
1998 - Goldrush: A Real Life Alaskan Adventure (television movie) debuts
2002 - Cadet Kelly (Disney Channel Original Movie) debuts
2013 - Walt Disney Pictures releases OzThe Great and Powerfulin the U.S.
2013 - “Croissant de Triomphe” (Mickey Mouse cartoon) debuts
2016 - The Real O’Neals (television series) debuts on ABC
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