This Week in Disney History: October 4-10, 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:



October 8, 2003 - Mickey’s PhilharMagic officially opens at Magic Kingdom Park
Mickey’s PhilharMagic originally debuted at the Magic Kingdom Park on October 8, 2003 and has since opened at Hong Kong Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Disney California Adventure.

Taking place in the luxurious Fantasyland Concert Hall located near Cinderella’s Castle inside Magic Kingdom Park, the attraction follows Mickey and a few of his pals, as they journey through scenes from several classic Disney films. This 12-minute story unfolds on a 150 foot-wide-wrap-around-screen, the largest ever created for a 3D attraction. An assortment of in-house special effects, scents and water, fully immerses audiences right into the richly animated worlds of many classic Disney films. Donald takes you on a whirlwind tour of some of the most memorable songs in Disney animation history including “Be our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast, “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid and many others.

Also this week in Disney History:

Oct. 4
1993 - Mission to Mars closes at Magic Kingdom Park 
1998 - The Epcot Discovery Center closes at Epcot

Oct. 5
1949 - Walt Disney Pictures releases “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad”
1955 - The Disneyland Hotel opens 
1996 - The American Film Institute Showcase is officially dedicated at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
2002 - Walt Disney Pictures releases “Tuck Everlasting”
2008 - Miley Cyrus celebrates her 16th birthday during a private event at Disneyland Park
2011 - Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, Pixar chief executive and Disney board member, dies at age 56
2012 - Walt Disney Pictures releases “Frankenweenie”

Oct. 6
1983 - Walt Disney Pictures releases “Never Cry Wolf”
1989 - A new Disneyland Park marquee sign, colored pink and blue, debuts at the Harbor Blvd. entrance

Oct. 7
1991 - The Disney Vacation Club preview center opens
1994 - Touchstone Pictures releases “Ed Wood”
1995 - Disneyland Paris links up a communications line with the Mir Space Station
1998 - Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin opens at Magic Kingdom Park
2002 - a bug’s land opens at Disney California Adventure Park

Oct. 8
1989 - The Contemporary Cafe' opens at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
1993 - The Disney-owned Mighty Ducks of Anaheim play their first NHL game at the Anaheim Pond (now Honda Center)
2003 - “Mickey’s PhilharMagic” officially opens at Magic Kingdom Park
2010 - Walt Disney Pictures releases “Secretariat”
2010 - The nighttime street party ElecTRONica debuts at Disney California Adventure Park

Oct. 9
1942 - “The Olympic Champ” (Goofy cartoon short) debuts
1988 - “The Magical World of Disney” debuts on NBC
2003 - The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Michael Eisner, along with NASA and HP leaders and two astronauts onboard the International Space Station, officially dedicate Mission: SPACE at Epcot
2003 - “Wishes,” the new fireworks show, officially opens to Guests at Magic Kingdom Park
2005 - “Little Einsteins” (television series) premieres on Disney Channel

Oct. 10
1929 - “The Barnyard Battle” (Mickey Mouse cartoon short) debuts
1931 - “The Barnyard Broadcast” (Mickey Mouse cartoon short”
1952 - “Trick or Treat” (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts
1957 - The first episode of “Zorro” premieres on ABC
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