This Week in Disney History: March 9-15, 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:


Princesses and princes throughout the land, come gather! On March 12, 2013, the Fantasy Faire opened it’s gates in Disneyland Park, welcoming royals and visiting Guests alike into this mini-village. Stroll around a medieval courtyard, enjoy a “renaissance vaudeville” style show at the Royal Theater, or meet beloved Princesses from Disney classics.

Did you know? The tallest tower in the Fantasy Faire village is called Troubadour Tower. On a window ledge next to it, Guests may spot Figaro, the famously fluffy cat from Pinocchio, sleeping beside a bird cage. Every once in awhile, the bird might sing you a song- and wake Figaro at the same time!

This week in Disney History:

March 9
1984 - “Splash,” the first film released under the Touchstone Pictures banner, debuts
1985 - Main Street Electrical Parade debuts at Tokyo Disneyland
1994 - “Ellen” debuts on ABC as “These Friends of Mine”
2012 - Walt Disney Pictures releases “John Carter”

March 10
1978 - Walt Disney Pictures releases “Return from Witch Mountain”
1996 - Fulton’s Crab House opens at the Downtown Disney Marketplace
2006 - Disney releases a remake of “The Shaggy Dog,” starring Tim Allen
2009 - Disney launches D23, the official community for Disney fans

March 11
1933 – Birds in the Spring (Silly Symphony) debuts
1938 – Donald’s Better Self (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1955 – Contrasts in Rhythm (special cartoon) debuts
1959 – Walt Disney Productions purchases Golden Oak Ranch in Placerita Canyon, California
1960 – This Is Your Life, Donald Duck (television show) airs
1962 – The Prince and the Pauper (three-part television show) airs
1973 – The Little Shepherd Dog of Catalina (television show) airs
1977 – Walt Disney Productions releases The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
1983 – Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore (special cartoon featurette) is released
1990 – Sky High (television show) airs
2001 – Princess of Thieves (television movie) debuts on The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC
2003 – Walt Disney Pictures releases Inspector Gadget 2
2005 – Buffalo Dreams (Disney Channel Original Movie) debuts
2010 – Walt Disney Parks and Resorts launch a Disney Premier Passport allowing admission to Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort theme parks
2011 – Walt Disney Pictures releases Mars Needs Moms

March 12
1943 – Flying Jalopy (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1954 – Stormy, the Thoroughbred with an Inferiority Complex (featurette) debuts
1961 – Daniel Boone [III.] The Wilderness Road (television show) airs
1964 – Walt Disney Productions releases A Tiger Walks
1978 – Trail of Danger (two-part television show) airs
1993 – Walt Disney Pictures releases A Far Off Place
1993 – Trail Mix-Up (Roger Rabbit cartoon short) debuts
1999 – Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf opens at the Walt Disney World Resort
2000 – Model Behavior (television movie) debuts on The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC
2013 – Fantasy Faire opens in Disneyland Park, introducing Maurice’s Treats, Fairytale Treasures, the Royal Theater and Royal Hall

March 13
1937 – Woodland Café (Silly Symphony) debuts
1959 – Highway to Trouble (television show) airs
1966 – Run, Light Buck, Run (television show) airs
1969 – Walt Disney Productions releases The Love Bug
1977 – The Ghost of Cypress Swamp (television movie) airs
1997 – Hiller and Diller (television series) debuts on ABC
2009 – Walt Disney Pictures releases Race to Witch Mountain
2013 – Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex (Disney Channel special event) airs
2015 – Walt Disney Pictures releases Cinderella domestically

March 14
1935 – Broken Toys (Silly Symphony) debuts
1960 – The CircleVision 360 film “Circarama” closes at Disneyland Park
1976 – The Flight of the Grey Wolf (two-part television show) airs
1998 – The stand-alone McDonald’s restaurant near Blizzard Beach opens at the Walt Disney World Resort
2004 – Celeste in the City (television movie) airs
2008 – “Block Party Bash” officially debuts at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort
2008 – “Pixar Play Parade” officially debuts at Disney California Adventure Park in Disneyland Resort

March 15
1940 – The Riveter (Donald Duck cartoon) debuts
1987 – Young Harry Houdini (television show) debuts
1991 – Disney Afternoon Avenue and Plane Crazy debut at Disneyland Park
1998 – PB&J Otter (television series) debuts on Disney Channel
1999 – “Disney’s Doug Live” opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort
2001 – The 450 millionth Guest visits Disneyland Park
2005 – Jack-Jack Attack (Pixar animated short) debuts
2007 – October Road (television series) debuts on ABC
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