This Week in Disney History: July 19-25, 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:



July 21, 1999 - The first Disney's FASTPASS is given out at Kilimanjaro Safaris
Disney's FASTPASS officially debuted on July 21, 1999 at Kilimanjaro Safaris, making it one of the very first Disney attractions in the world to offer this service. Replaced by the newer FastPass+ service just a few years ago, Disney's FASTPASS saved your spot in line at some of Disney's most popular attractions, allowing guests to spend more time enjoying the park - shopping, dining, watching shows - or even riding a ride while you're technically waiting for another ride.

That year also saw Disney's FASTPASS debut at Disneyland Park, where "it's a small world" issued the first ticket on Nov. 19.

Also this week in Disney history: 

July 19
1940  -  The Donald Duck animated short "Put-Put Troubles" debuts
1946  -  The Pluto animated short "The Purloined Pup" debuts
1950  -  Walt Disney Pictures releases Treasure Island, the first all-live-action Disney film, and the first Disney film produced in England
     
July 20
1951  -  The Donald Duck animated short "Lucky Number" debuts 
1985  -  The 200,000,000th Guest visits the Walt Disney World Resort
     
July 21
1939  -  The Mickey Mouse animated short "The Pointer" debuts
1950  -  The Pluto animated short "Pests of the West" debuts 
1986  -  Disney leaders announce plans for Pleasure Island at Walt Disney World
1999  -  The first Disney's FASTPASS is given out at Kilimanjaro Safaris
     
July 22
1955  -  Rocket to the Moon opens at Disneyland Park
1955  -  Candy Palace opens on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland Park
1994  -  The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror officially opens at the Disney-MGM Studios
     
July 23
1956  -  Junior Autopia opens at Disneyland Park
1965  -  Mapo, a division of Walt Disney Imagineering, is incorporated
1999  -  Walt Disney Pictures releases Inspector Gadget 
     
July 24
1942  -  The Donald Duck animated short "Donald's Gold Mine" debuts
1966  -  New Orleans Square is dedicated at Disneyland Park
1985  -  Walt Disney Pictures releases The Black Cauldron
2000  -  The Disneyland Resort parking garage opens
     
July 25
1936  -  The Mickey Mouse animated short "Alpine Climbers" debuts
1996  -  Rainforest Cafe soft-opens for Guests at the Downtown Disney Marketplace (now Disney Springs)
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