This Week in Disney History: March 29-April 4, 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:



April 2, 2007 - Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor opens at Magic Kingdom Park
In Disney•Pixar's "Monsters, Inc.," the energy providers for the creature-filled city of Monstropolis learn that laughter is ten times more powerful than a scream. So they've converted their scare floor into a 400-seat "laugh floor," and the monsters of stand-up are putting on a comedy show in hopes of collecting your chuckles.

Mike Wazowski emcees this live, fully interactive experience, and Guests are invited to text in their jokes for possible use in the show. You might even get to chat with one of the talented brutes on the bill, or just end up on the receiving end of their barbs, if you're "that guy." Located in Tomorrowland, the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor uses similar technology to Turtle Talk with Crush at Epcot, with hidden cameras and microphones in the theatre allowing Guests to become part of the show. The monsters love to improv and riff with the audience, so no two trips to the Laugh Floor are ever quite the same.

Also this week in Disney history:

March 29
1963 – Walt Disney Productions releases “Miracle of the White Stallions”
1970 – “Nature’s Strangest Oddballs” (television show) airs
1985 – Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade opens at Disneyland Park
1998 – “Safety Patrol” (television movie) airs on The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC
2002 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “The Rookie”
2011 – “Body of Proof” (television series) debuts on ABC
2012 – A stage musical version of “Newsies” officially opens on Broadway

March 30
1945 – “The Eyes Have It” (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
2007 – Walt Disney Pictures releases “Meet the Robinsons”
2011 – Town Square Theater opens on Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park
2015 – “Star vs. The Forces of Evil” (animated television series) debuts on Disney XD

March 31
1944 – “Donald Duck and the Gorilla” (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
1958 – Grand Canyon Diorama is added to the Santa Fe and Disneyland Railroad
1968 – “The Mystery of Edward Sims” (two-part television show) airs
1991 – “Perfect Harmony” (television movie) airs on Disney Channel
2001 – Tokyo Disneyland Resort discontinues ticket books for admission
2012 – The Disney Fantasy sets sail from Port Canaveral on its maiden voyage
2014 – MyMagic+ debuts to all Walt Disney World Guests as part of its test and adjust process

April 1
1924 – “Alice’s Spooky Adventures” (Alice Comedy) debuts
1938 – “Moth and the Flame” (Silly Symphony) debuts
1960 – “The Mad Hermit of Chimney Butte” (television show) airs
1962 – “Spy in the Sky” (television show) airs
1973 – “Call It Courage” (television show) airs
1974 – Pioneer Hall, home of “Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue” opens at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground at Walt Disney World Resort
1995 – Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park opens at the Walt Disney World Resort
2000 – Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril) in Disneyland Paris begins an 8-month period operating the roller coaster backwards
2001 – Two neighboring resorts are combined to become Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside at Walt Disney World Resort
2011 – Box Office Gifts opens on Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park
2014 – “The Pirate Fairy” (direct-to-video animated film) is released

April 2
1940 - Walt Disney Productions becomes a publicly traded company, offering stock for the first time
1954 - Walt Disney announces plans for Disneyland Park and the "Disneyland" television show
1993 - Walt Disney Pictures releases "The Adventures of Huck Finn"
2004 - Disney releases the animated feature "Home on the Range"

April 3
1966 - Midget Autopia closes at Disneyland Park
1994 - Frank G. Wells, president of The Walt Disney Company, dies in a helicopter accident

April 4
1994 - Michael Eisner assumes the presidency of The Walt Disney Company following Frank Wells' death
1995 - Walt Disney Pictures releases "A Goofy Movie"
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