This Week in Disney History: August 30-September 5, 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:




September 4, 2001 – Tokyo DisneySea opens
Built adjacent to Tokyo Bay, the sister park to Tokyo Disneyland honors the spirit of exploration. Nautical themes tie together seven exotic “ports of call,” beginning in Mediterranean Harbor, where Venetian gondola boats cruise canals and the windows of Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta (also opened on this date) add lively energy.

Across the water, the smoldering volcano Mount Prometheus begs for a closer look. Mysterious Island is home to the high-speed thrill ride Journey to the Center of the Earth. Escape and you can venture to the Lost River Delta, featuring the Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull, or discover the American Waterfront, whose New York Harbor features the Tower of Terror, created with a completely different backstory from its counterparts in other Disney Parks.

Also this week in Disney history:

Aug. 30
1940 - The animated short "Pluto's Dream House" debuts
1995 - Groundbreaking is held at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
2005 - The animated film “Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch” debuts

Aug. 31
1935 - The animated short "Pluto's Judgment Day" debuts
1938 - Walt and Roy O. Disney make a $10,000 deposit on 51 acres in Burbank, Calif. for a new studio
1948 - Walt Disney issues a memo outlining ideas for a "Mickey Mouse Park," which eventually developed into Disneyland Park
2009 - Disney announces its purchase of Marvel Entertainment
2012 - The animated film “Secret of the Wings” debuts

Sept. 1
1939 - The Donald Duck cartoon short "The Autograph Hound" debuts
2000 - Pooh’s Hunny Hunt Attraction opens in Tokyo Disneyland
2001 - River Country closes at Walt Disney World Resort
2007 - An updated version of the Circle-Vision 360 film "O Canada," starring Martin Short, officially opens at Epcot

Sept. 2
1933 - "Puppy Love" (Mickey Mouse & Pluto cartoon short) debuts
1959 - "How to Have an Accident at Work" (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
1979 - Big Thunder Mountain Railroad opens at Disneyland
1985 - Adventure Thru Inner Space closes at Disneyland Park
1991 - Casting Center opens at the Disneyland Paris Resort

Sept. 3
1988 - "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" debuts on television
2001 - The animated television series "Disney's The Legend of Tarzan" debuts

Sept. 4
1942 - "How to Play Baseball" (Goofy cartoon short) debuts
2001 - DisneyQuest in Chicago closes
2006 - Tower of Terror opens at Tokyo DisneySea

Sept. 5
1927 - The first Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon short, "Trolley Troubles," debuts
1930 - The Mickey Mouse animated short "The Chain Gang" debuts, featuring a dog character who would eventually become Pluto
1966 - Flying Saucers close at Disneyland Park 
1994 - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea closes at Magic Kingdom Park
1995 - Disney Ice (now Anaheim Ice), a public ice skating complex and training home of the Anaheim Ducks, opens
2001 - Touchstone Television's "The Amazing Race" debuts on CBS
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