Dateline Disney

In this section we will mark important dates in Disney History

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Jan 1, 1888 - Elias Disney and Flora Call (Walt’s parents) marry in Akron, FL

Jan 13, 1930 - The first Mickey Mouse comic strip appears

Jan 26, 1945 - "The Clock Watcher" (Donald Duck cartoon short) debuts

Jan 21, 1933 - "The Mad Doctor" (Mickey Mouse cartoon short) debuts

Jan 21,1955 - Wrather-Alvarez Hotels, Inc. announces the construction of the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif.

Jan 1, 1959 - Fantasyland Autopia opens at Disneyland park

Jan 29, 1959 - Walt Disney Pictures released Sleeping Beauty

Jan 21, 1960 - Toby Tyler or Ten Weeks with a Circus' is Released

Jan 21, 1960 - “Gala Day at Disneyland” debuts featuring new Matterhorn Bobsled, Submarine Voyage and Monorail attractions

Jan 3, 1964 - “Disneyland’s 10th Anniversary” TV special airs on “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” (TV series)

Jan 1, 1966 - Walt Disney is Grand Marshal of the Tournament of Roses Parade

Jan. 15, 1975 Space Mountain Opened at WDW

Jan 9, 1976 - Disneyana Shop opens its doors on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park

Jan 10, 1982 - Walt Disney World Resort switches completely to passport-style admission tickets

Jan 28, 1982 - Disney Legend Wally Boag gives final performance in Golden Horseshoe Revue, Disneyland park

Jan. 15, 1986 The Living Seas at Epcot opened

Jan 9, 1987 - Star Tours opens at Disneyland park with service to the forest moon of Endor

Jan 23, 1987 - Mark V trains make their debut on the “highway in the sky,” the Disneyland Monorail System

Jan 21, 1988 - The Walt Disney Company acquires the Wrather Corporation, whose assets include the Disneyland Hotel, land near Disneyland and leasehold interests in the Queen Mary and Spruce Goose, for approximately $161 million in cash and $89 million in debt.

Jan 11, 1990 - Leaders officially open International Gateway at Epcot

Jan 14, 1990 - The first of 2 four-story dolphins are placed atop the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel

Jan 24, 1993 - Mickey's Toontown opens at Disneyland park

Jan 21, 1995 - "Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable" debuts at The Land at Epcot

Jan 27, 1996 - The Toy Story Fun House is unveiled in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park

Jan 27, 1996 - The first Indy 200 was held at the Walt Disney World Speedway

Jan 15, 1996 - The Living Seas opens at Epcot

Jan 17, 1996 - Grand opening ceremony held at Disney's Vero Beach Resort

Jan 2, 2001 - Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel at the Disneyland Resort welcomes its first guests

Jan 3, 2001 - The Downtown Disney District soft opens at the Disneyland Resort

Jan 10, 2001 - Disneyland Paris welcomes its 100 millionth guest

Jan 12, 2001 - The Downtown Disney District officially opens at the Disneyland Resort

Jan 7, 1992 - Voyage of the Little Mermaid opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Jan 18, 2003 - Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular officially debuts at Disney California Adventure Park

Jan 12, 2003 - Disney leaders preside over the ground-breaking ceremony at Hong Kong Disneyland

Jan 23, 2006 - Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! opens at Disney California Adventure park

Jan 25, 2011 − 500th performance of "World of Color" at Disney California Adventure.


Feb 15, 1899 - Lillian Bounds, the future Mrs. Walt Disney, is born

Feb 28, 1939 - Walt Disney receives a special Academy Award for "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"

Feb 15, 1950 - Walt Disney Pictures releases "Cinderella"

Feb 18, 1960 - Opening Ceremonies at the Squaw Valley, CA, Winter Olympics are produced by Walt Disney

Feb 22, 1964 - The Sailing Ship Columbia opens exhibit below deck featuring 18th century sailor's quarters

Feb 3, 1965 - Walt Disney Productions acquires WED Enterprises from Walt Disney for approximately $4 million.

Feb 2, 1967 - Roy O. Disney holds press conference outlining specific plans for construction of the Walt Disney World Resort

Feb 14, 1967 - Pirates Arcade opens in New Orleans Square with one-of-a-kind, buccaneer arcade games

Feb 20, 1985 - Mickey Mouse visits China in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of Disneyland park

Feb 24, 1985 - Disney Clothiers, Ltd. opens on Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park

Feb 6, 1986 - Walt Disney Productions changes its name to The Walt Disney Company.

Feb 9, 1986 - Magic Journeys closes, to reopen at the Magic Kingdom

Feb 20, 1986 - WED (acronym for Walter Elias Disney) Enterprises is renamed Walt Disney Imagineering

Feb 4, 1987 - Walt Disney World leaders host the groundbreaking ceremony of Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

Feb 4, 1990 - Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration airs on TV hosted by Art Linkletter & Ronald Reagan

Feb 7, 1997 - The Richard Petty Driving Experience debuts at the Walt Disney World Resort Speedway

Feb 14, 1998 - Ghiradelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop opens at #DowntownDisney in Walt Disney World

Feb 17, 1998 - Disney’s Hollywood Studios hosts the ground breaking for Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Feb 13, 2000 - Pin Trading is officially introduced at the Disneyland Resort

Feb 16, 2000 - Disneyland park kicks off its 45th anniversary celebration

Feb 18, 2000 - "Believe...There's Magic in the Stars" fireworks show launches at Disneyland park

Feb 8, 2001 - Disney California Adventure park opens at the Disneyland Resort

Feb 13, 2004 - The Hollywood Tower Hotel marquee is lit for first time at Disney California Adventure park

Feb 17, 2004 - Walt Disney Co. purchases The Muppets, inspiration for the Muppet*Vision 3D attraction

Feb 23, 2004 - Snow White - An Enchanting Musical" debuts at Disneyland park

Feb 23, 1935 - "The Band Concert" (first Mickey Mouse short in color) debuts

Feb 1, 2008 - “Phineas and Ferb” debuts on Disney Channel

Feb 6, 2009 - "it’s a small world" reopens at Disneyland park with 29 new characters

Feb 14, 2009 - The American Idol Experience opens at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Feb 23, 2010 - Captain EO" reopens at Disneyland park (first ran from 1986-1997)

Feb 4, 2011 - “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” debuts on Disney Channel


Mar 1, 1924 - “Alice’s Day at Sea,” the first Alice Comedy, debuts

Mar 19, 1928 - Bright Lights with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit short was released on this day

March 27, 1952 - Was The first public announcement on plans for Disneyland park were printed, in Burbank Daily Review

Mar 31, 1958 - The Grand Canyon Diorama opens on the Disneyland Railroad at Disneyland park

Mar 24, 1966 - Astro-Jets open in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park bringing the thrill of “space travel” to astronauts at heart

Mar 18, 1967 - Pirates of the Caribbean, last attraction to be supervised personally by Walt Disney, opens

Mar 19, 1967 - The Blue Bayou, the world's first in-attraction restaurant, opens at Disneyland park

Mar 23, 1969 - Disneyland park hosts “Herbie Day” a parade of Volkswagen Beetles to promote the film “The Love Bug”

Mar 24, 1972 - “Country Bear Jamboree,” the musical revue, starring a troupe of talented bears opens at Disneyland park

Mar 16, 1974 - Magic Carpet 'Round the World replaces America the Beautiful in Tomorrowland's Circle-Vision Theater

Mar 21, 1975 - Mission to Mars (originally Flight to the Moon) opens at Disneyland park, advancing space travel for park guests

Mar. 22, 1975 - Downtown Disney Marketplace Opened (Originally called Lake Buena Vista Village) at WDW

March 5, 1983 - Journey Into Imagination opens.

Mar 9, 1984 - Touchstone Pictures releases its first film, Splash.

Mar 25, 1986 - Disney theme parks welcome their 500 millionth guest.

Mar 28, 1987 - The first Disney Store opens at the Glendale Galleria in Glendale, California.

Mar 27, 1989 - The new Walt Disney World Casting Center opens

Mar 25, 1990 - Disneyana Shop opens at Hospitality House at Magic Kingdom Park

Mar 15, 1991 - "Disney Afternoon Live" debuts at Disneyland park, featuring Baloo's Dressing Room and "Plane Crazy" show

Mar 26, 1995 - Disneyland Resort hosts its first marathon and 5K run

Mar 1 , 1996 - Walt Disney World officials dedicate the Disney Institute

Mar 1, 1996 - Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort opens

Mar 8, 1996 - Pirates of the Caribbean and Alice's Tea Party open at Tokyo Disneyland

Mar. 10, 1996 - Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course Opened at WDW

Mar 10, 1996 - Fulton's Crab House opens at the Downtown Disney Marketplace

Mar. 28, 1997 Disney Wide World of Sports Complex Opened at WDW

Mar 30, 1997 - The ESPN Wide World of Sports box office debuted

Mar. 12, 1999 - Winter Summerland Golf Course Opened at WDW

Mar. 17, 1999 - Test Track Opened at WDW

Mar. 14, 2005 - Lights, Motors Action Extreme Stunt Show Opened at WDW

Mar 17, 2005 - Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters attraction officially opens in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park

Mar 4, 2007 - Muppet Mobile Labs, an interactive audio-animatronic demonstration debuts @ Disney California Adventure

Mar 7, 2008 - Disney Legend Bob Gurr receives a window on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland Park

Mar 2, 2009 - Ceremony marking start of construction on Disney Dream takes place in Papenburg, Germany

Mar 10, 2009 - Disney launches D23, the first official community for Disney fans

Mar 5, 2010 - Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" is released in theaters

Mar 7, 2010 - Disney-Pixar's "Up" wins Oscar® for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Score

Mar 11, 2010 - Disney music composers Richard & Robert Sherman receive a window on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park

Mar 15, 2012 - Previews for Disney's @NEWSIES musical begin on Broadway!


Apr 15, 1932 - Mickey Mouse animated short "Barnyard Olympics" debuts to coincide with Games of the X Olympiad in Los Angeles

Apr 2, 1940 - Walt Disney Productions issues 155,000 shares of 6% cumulative convertible preferred stock in the over-the-counter market.

Apr 6, 1953 - Retlaw Enterprises is founded as a private company solely owned by Walt Disney to control the merchandising rights to the name "Walt Disney."

Apr 2, 1954 - Walt Disney announces Disneyland park and plans for "Disneyland" television show

Apr 4, 1954 - Retired U.S. Naval Admiral Joe Fowler hired as construction supervisor for Disneyland park

Apr 3, 1957 - "Disneyland the Park and Pecos Bill" debuts on "Disneyland" television show

Apr 17, 1958 - "America the Beautiful" opens at World's Fair in Brussels. First Disney attraction to open outside a Disney park

Apr 2, 1961 - Snow White Grotto opens at Disneyland park

Apr 9, 1961 - Walt Disney dedicates Snow White Grotto and wishing well, with donations benefitting children's charities

Apr 5, 1965 - "Mary Poppins" won 5 Oscars at the 37th Academy Awards

Apr 8, 1973 - The Walt Disney Story opens at Disneyland park in the Opera House on Main Street, U.S.A.

Apr 1, 1974 - Pioneer Hall opened at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

Apr 1, 1983 - Walt Disney Pictures is incorporated as a separate company responsible for the development, production and marketing of all live-action films and commercial television programming.

Apr 15, 1983 - Tokyo Disneyland opens 6 miles from downtown Tokyo.

Apr 18, 1983 - The Disney Channel first broadcasts cable television programming

Apr 14, 1984 - The updated Alice in Wonderland attraction opens in Disneyland park

Apr 6, 1990 - Blue Ribbon Bakery opens on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park

Apr 20, 1991 - Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater opens at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Apr 12, 1992 - Disneyland Paris Debuts

Apr 29, 1994 - Astro Orbiter premiered at Magic Kingdom Park

Apr 1, 1995 - Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park Opened

Ape 12, 1995 - ’Ohana began serving guests at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Apr 5, 1998 - The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management), a modified version of the original, opens at Magic Kingdom

Apr 22, 1998 - Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park Opened

Apr 20, 2000 - Walt Disney World announced plans for Mission: Space at Epcot

Apr 7, 2001 - “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire - Play It!” opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Apr 16, 2001 - Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge opened

Apr 11, 2003 - The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh opens at Disneyland park

Apr 5, 2006 - The first Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, offering young guests a royal makeover, opens in Downtown Disney at WDW

Apr 6, 2006 - Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique opens in Downtown Disney

Apr 7, 2006 - Expedition Everest roared into Disney's Animal Kingdom

Apr 8, 2006 - Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast opened at Disneyland Paris

Apr 2, 2007 - Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor opens at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World

Apr 6, 2007 - Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros! opened at Epcot

Apr 16, 2007 - Disneyland Resort announces the Disneyland Railroad fleet is converted to run on biofuel

Apr 28, 2009 - "The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story" debuts at the Newport Beach Film Festival

Apr 29, 2009 - Imagineers Rolly Crump and Don Edgren honored with a window on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park


May 4, 1926 - The El Capitan Theatre opens in Los Angeles, CA

May 25, 1932 - Disney introduces Goofy to the public in the cartoon short Mickey’s Revue.

May 6 1940 - Walt Disney Productions completes its move to its new studio lot in Burbank

May 7 1950 - The first engine runs on the Carolwood Pacific Railroad, a model train line in Walt Disney’s home in California

May 12, 1956 - The Horseless Carriage makes its debut on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park

May 2, 1964 - Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln debuted at the 1964 World's Fair in New York

May 17, 1964 - “Disneyland Goes to the World’s Fair” airs on “Disney’s Wonderful World of Color”

May 30, 1967, the first ground was broken for the construction of the Walt Disney World Resort.

May 24, 1968 - President Lyndon B. Johnson presents Congressional Gold Medal to Lillian Disney honoring Walt Disney

May 15, 1972 - The Frontierland Train Station opened at Magic Kingdom Park

May 6, 1973 - Lillian Disney dedicated "The Walt Disney Story" on Main Street, U.S.A.

May 20, 1973 - Tom Sawyer Island opened at Magic Kingdom Park

May 27, 1977 - Space Mountain opens at Disneyland park, rocketing guests to the outer reaches of space

May 23, 1983 - Sleeping Beauty Castle drawbridge lowered at Disneyland park to debut the new Fantasyland

May 25, 1983 - Pinocchio’s Daring Journey opens as part of the new Fantasyland at Disneyland park

May 27, 1985 - Epcot hosts the Presidential Inaugural Parade for Ronald Reagan

May 15, 1987 - Disneyland park introduces Disney Dollars currency

May 6, 1988 - The Norway pavilion opened at Epcot

May 1, 1989 - Downtown Disney Pleasure Island Opened

May 1, 1989 - Hollywood Studios Opened

May 22, 1998 - Disneyland park blasts off a new Tomorrowland with Astro Orbitor, Pizza Port and more

May 29, 1990 - The Sorcery in the Sky Fireworks debuted at Disney's Hollywood Studios

May 16, 1991 - Jim Henson's Muppet*Vision 3-D opens at Walt Disney World

May 17, 1991 - Disney's Port Orleans Resort opened

May 13, 1992 - Fantasmic! debuts on the Rivers of America at Disneyland park in an imaginative celebration

May 29, 1994 - Disney’s Wilderness Lodge opens at the Walt Disney World Resort

May 15, 1995 - California Grill opened at Disney's Contemporary Resort

May 27, 1995 - Casey's Corner opens in the Magic Kingdom

May 21, 2001 - The Magic Carpets of Aladdin opens at Magic Kingdom Park

May 4, 2004 - The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror opens at Disney California Adventure park

May 17, 2004 - Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa Opened

May 2, 2006 - Disneyland park welcomes the two billionth guest to a Disney park worldwide

May 25, 2007 - Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island opens at Disneyland park

May 20, 2011 - Star Tours the Adventure Continues opens

May 29, 2011 - A new pool area featuring Monorail-themed water slides opens at the Disneyland Hotel


Jun 1, 1933 - The first Mickey Mouse Watch is sold by Ingersoll.

Jun 9, 1934 - Donald Duck first appears in The Wise Little Hen - Happy Birthday

June 16, 1956 - Tom Sawyer Island opens at Disneyland park offering guests the chance to wander and explore

June 18, 1956 - Storybook Land Canal Boats open in Fantasyland at Disneyland park

Jun 23, 1956 - The Skyway attraction opens at Disneyland park

June 12, 1957 - The Monsanto House of the Future opens at Disneyland park, bringing the promise of better living

Jun 19, 1957 - Walt Disney Productions exercises options to purchase an additional 31.0% stake in Disneyland, Inc., for $528,810.

Jun 26, 1957 - The Viewliner train opens at Disneyland park

Jun 16, 1958 - The Alice in Wonderland attraction opened at Disneyland

Jun 6, 1959 − 2 new attractions, Fantasyland Autopia and Submarine Voyage, open at Disneyland park

Jun 14, 1959 - Vice President Richard Nixon dedicates the Matterhorn, Monorail and Submarine Voyage at Disneyland park

Jun 14, 1959 — The first of its kind in America, the Disneyland Monorail opens at Disneyland park

Jun 10, 1960 - Pack Mules Through Nature’s Wonderland attraction opens in Frontierland at Disneyland park

Jun 15, 1961 - The first Grad Nite, attended by 8,500 high school seniors, took place at Disneyland park

Jun 25, 1967 - “America the Beautiful” (CircleVision 360 film) opens at Disneyland park

Jun 17, 1971 - Disneyland welcomes its 100 millionth guest

Jun 14, 1974 is when Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue first debuted

Jun 29, 1974 - Now home to Innoventions in Tomorrowland, America Sings opens at Disneyland park

Jun 7, 1975 - Mission to Mars opened at Magic Kingdom Park

Jun 11, 1977 - Main Street Electrical Parade stepped off at Magic Kingdom Park

Jun 3, 1983 - Bistro de Paris debuted at Epcot

Jun 18, 1983 - The whimsical, inflatable "Flights of Fantasy" parade makes its debut at Disneyland park

Jun 6, 1984 - Walt Disney Productions acquires Arvida Corporation from Bass family interests and Arvida’s management in exchange for 3.3 million shares of Disney common stock, valued at $200 million.

Jun 8, 1984 - MM Acquisition Corporation, a company formed by Saul Steinberg of Reliance Group Holdings, announces its intent to take over and dismantle Walt Disney Productions by offering $67.50 a share for Disney common stock.

Jun 11, 1984 - Walt Disney Productions repurchases 4.2 million shares (approximately 11.1%) of Disney common stock from Reliance for $328 million.

Jun 12, 1994 - “Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage” debuts at Disney-MGM Studios (Now Disney's Hollywood Studios)

Jun 22, 1985 - Videopolis opens at Disneyland park

Jun 27, 1986 - Howdy pardner! Big Thunder Ranch opened at Disneyland park

Jun 6, 1987 - If You Could Fly opened at Magic Kingdom Park

Jun 1, 1988 - The opening of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort ushers in an era of accelerated hotel buildout at Walt Disney World, during which 10 new resort hotels have been added to date.

Jun 22, 1988 - Touchstone Pictures releases “Who Framed Roger Rabbit“ inspiring Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin

Jun 28, 1988 - Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Opened

Jun 1, 1989 - Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

Jun 4, 1990 - Bengal Barbecue opens at Disneyland park

Jun 29, 1996 - Mickey’s Toontown Fair opened at Magic Kingdom Park

Jun 18, 1999 - Walt Disney Pictures releases “Tarzan.”

Jun 20, 1999 − 20th Century Music Company shop opens on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park

Jun 23, 1999 - Tarzan's Treehouse opens in Adventureland at Disneyland park

Jun 2, 2002 - Journey Into Imagination With Figment was dedicated

Jun 28, 2003 - Disneyland park hosts the world premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”

Jun 9, 2006 - Disney•Pixar releases “Cars,” inspiring a whole new land at Disney California Adventure park

Jun 26, 2006 - Disneyland park hosts the world premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”

Jun 11, 2007 - Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage opens at Disneyland park taking guests thru the big blue world

Jun 8, 2008 - The Innoventions Dream Home opens at Disneyland park

Jun 17, 2008 - Toy Story Mania! opens at Disney’s California Adventure park w/ no ride ever the same twice

Jun 18, 2010 - Disney-Pixar releases “Toy Story 3”

Jun 11, 2010 - "World of Color," the nighttime water spectacular, debuts at Disney California Adventure park

June 15, 2012 Cars Land and Buena Vista street debuted


Jul 7, 1925 - Walt & Roy O. Disney make a $400 deposit on lot at Hyperion Avenue to build new animation studio

Jul 13, 1925 - Walt Disney and Lillian Bounds are married in Lewiston, Idaho

Jul 30, 1932 - The first full-color animated film, Flowers and Trees, is released and later earns Walt Disney his first Academy Award for Best Cartoon Short Subject.

Jul 19, 1938 - Disney first contracts with art dealer Guthrie Courvoisier to sell animation cels.

Jul 28, 1951 - Walt Disney Pictures releases “Alice in Wonderland”

Jul 13, 1955 - Walt & Lillian celebrate 30th anniv. aboard the Mark Twain & at the Golden Horseshoe at Disneyland park

Jul 18, 1955 - Disneyland first opens its gates in Anaheim, California. Walt Disney Productions invests $500,000 to own 34.5% of Disneyland, Inc., the company that owns Disneyland. There was only 18 attractions, today there are more then 60.

Jul 22, 1955 - Sweet tooths were satisfied when Candy Palace opened at Disneyland park

Jul 22, 1955 - Space travel becomes a reality for Disneyland guests as Rocket to the Moon opens in Tomorrowland

Jul 31, 1955 - Casey Jr. Circus Train opens at Disneyland Park

Jul 2, 1956 - Waterfalls and colored pools beckon as Rainbow Caverns Mine Train debuts at Disneyland park

Jul 23, 1956 - Giving kids their first experience "behind the wheel," Junior Autopia opens at Disneyland park

Jul 6, 1960 - Walt Disney Productions purchases the remaining 34.5% interest in Disneyland, Inc., for $7.5 million.

Jul 31, 1960 - Sunkist Citrus House opens at Disneyland park

Jul 18, 1965 - "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" opens at Disneyland park

Jul 1, 1966 - Welcome to the world of dinosaurs! Primeval World opens at Disneyland park

Jul 24, 1966 - Laissez les bons temps rouler! New Orleans Square is dedicated at Disneyland

Jul 12, 1967 - Using technology developed for '64 World's Fair, the WEDWay PeopleMover opens at Disneyland park

Jul 2, 1972 - Magic Kingdom I and II ferryboats debut at the Walt Disney World Resort

Jul 14, 1975 - Plans for Epcot are announced

Jul 14, 1978 - The American Egg House restaurant opens at Disneyland park

Jul 8, 1981 - In exchange for 888,461 shares of its common stock, valued at $46.2 million, Walt Disney Productions acquires the rights to Walt Disney’s name, likeness and portrait, as well as the steam train and monorail systems at Disneyland, from Retlaw Enterprises.

Jul 8, 1982 - Walt Disney Pictures releases “Tron”

Jul 4, 1984 - “American Journeys" (Circle-Vision 360 film) debuts at Disneyland park

Jul 3, 1985 - Tinker Bell makes her first flight at the Walt Disney World Resort

Jul 11, 1987 - The Disney Gallery debuts at Disneyland park

Jul 27, 1987 - Disney leaders announce plans for the Wonders of Life pavilion at Epcot

Jul 1, 1988 - Norway opens

Jul 5, 1988 - Maelstrom opens at Norway

Jul 17, 1989 - Splash Mountain opens at Disneyland park taking guests on musical journey with Bre'er Rabbit

Jul 17, 1992 - Splash Mountain Opened

Jul 30, 1993 - Indiana Jones et le Temple du Peril opens at Disneyland Paris

Jul 1, 1994 - The colorful and imaginative "Lion King Celebration" parade debuts at Disneyland park

Jul 1, 1994 - Innoventions (formerly Communicore) opened at Epcot

Jul 5, 1994 - “Legend of the Lion King” opens at the Magic Kingdom Park

Jul 6, 1994 - The original run of Captain EO closes at Epcot

Jul 22, 1994 - The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror officially opens at the Disney-MGM Studios

Jul 28, 1994 - Disney leaders break ground at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

July 4, 1995 - Tinker Bell first made her magical flight from the top of Cinderella Castle July 4th

Jul 1, 1996 - Disney’s Boardwalk Resort Opened

Jul 17, 1996 - The Walt Disney Co. announces plans to open Disney’s California Adventure park

Jul 25, 1996 - Rainforest Cafe soft-opens for Guests at the Downtown Disney Marketplace

Jul 26, 1999 - Goofy’s Kitchen reopens in a new location at the Disneyland Hotel

Jul 30, 1999 - Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith opens at the Disney-MGM Studios

Jul 1, 2001 - Disney’s Electrical Parade made its twinkling debut at Disney California Adventure park

Jul 15, 2005 - Space Mountain reopens at Disneyland park with rebuilt track & special effects

Jul 7, 2006 - Pirates of the Caribbean re-opens at Magic Kingdom with Captain Jack Sparrow & Barbosa added to the attraction

Jul 8, 2008 - The Mark VII Monorail Red begins transporting guests at the Disneyland Resort

Jul 8, 2009 - John Lasseter leads the groundbreaking on the future site of CarsLand

Jul 17, 2009 - Imagineer and Disney Legend Marty Sklar retires after 54 years of service

Jul 2, 2010 - "Captain EO" reopened at Epcot

Jul 1, 2011 - Goofy’s Sky School (formerly Mulholland Madness) opens at Disney California Adventure


Aug 31, 1938 - Walt and Roy O. Disney make a $10,000 deposit on 51 acres in Burbank, CA, for a new studio

Aug 5, 1955 - The 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea exhibit opens at Disneyland park

Aug 9, 1955 - The Aunt Jemima Pancake House opens at Disneyland park

Aug 22, 1956 - Carefree Corner, a guest registration area, opens at Disneyland park

Aug 25, 1956 - The Omnibus begins transporting guests down Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park

Aug 14, 1958 - Original Alice in Wonderland attraction opens in Fantasyland at Disneyland park

Aug 6, 1961 - Floating on a cushion of air, the Flying Saucers attraction opens at Disneyland park

Aug 5, 1967 - Adventure Thru Inner Space opens at Disneyland park

Aug 12, 1967 - Space Travel becomes a reality as Flight to the Moon opens at Disneyland park

Aug 12, 1989 - The Disney-MGM Studios hosts the first fireworks display at the theme park

Aug 25, 1989 - Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular Opened at WDW

Aug 25, 1989 - Leaders dedicate The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at the Disney-MGM Studios

Aug 4, 1992 - The 400,000,000th guest visits the Walt Disney World Resort

Aug 4, 1995 - Leaders preside over the ground-breaking of Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Aug 30, 1995 - Ground breaking of Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is held

Aug 1, 1997 - Disney’s Coronado Springs Opened

Aug 3, 1988 - The Walt Disney Company and French leaders host the groundbreaking ceremony for Disneyland Paris Resort

Aug 17, 1998 - “Captain EO” closes @ Disneyland Paris, marking the last original run of the 3-D film at any Disney theme park

Aug 28, 2003 - Lucky the Dinosaur, the first free moving Audio Animatronic creature, debuted at Disney California Adventure park

Aug 15, 2003 - Mission: SPACE soft-opens for guests at Epcot

Aug 4, 2009 - Bay Lake Tower opens at Disney’s Contemporary Resort


Sept 5, 1930 - Pluto makes his cartoon short debut in The Chain Gang.

Sept 29, 1938 - Walt Disney Productions absorbs the three other Disney companies created in 1929

Sept 14, 1964 - President Lyndon Johnson presents Walt Disney with the Medal of Freedom at the White House

Sept. 15, 1977 - Downtown Disney West Side Opened

Sept 2, 1979 - Big Thunder Mountain Railroad opened at Disneyland's Frontierland on this day

Sept 7, 1984 - Morocco opens in World Showcase at Epcot, the first country to be added since the theme park opened in 1982.

Sept 23, 1984 - Walt Disney Productions welcomes Michael D. Eisner as Chairman/CEO and Frank G. Wells as President/COO.

Sept 7, 1985 - A wave machine was tested in the waters near Disney's Polynesian Resort. It's no longer in use.

Sept 12, 1986 - Captain EO starring Michael Jackson opens

Sept. 28, 1996 - Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (lst year of festival)

Sep 20, 1999 - Mouse Gear, the largest in-park merchandise shop at the Walt Disney World Resort, opens at Epcot

Sept 1, 2001 - River Country closes at Walt Disney World Resort

Sept 4, 2001 - Tokyo Disney Seas had its grand opening

Sept 4, 2001 - Tokyo DisneySea and Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta officially

Sept. 30, 2003 - Mickey’s PhilharMagic Opened

Sept 12, 2005 - Hong Kong Disneyland opens

Sept 4, 2006 - Tower of Terror opens at Tokyo DisneySea

Sept 15, 2006 - The first annual Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend begins

Sept 30, 2006 - The Happiest Celebration on Earth (commemorating Disneyland park’s 50th anniversary) ends

Sept 14, 2009 - The first ever D23 Expo begins at the Anaheim Convention Center


Oct 16, 1923 - The Disney Brothers Studio is founded as a partnership by Walter E. Disney and Roy O. Disney when Walt signs a contract with M.J. Winkler to produce a series of animated short subjects entitled the Alice Comedies.

Oct 27, 1954 - Disneyland, a one-hour weekly television series which ultimately aired for 29 seasons under six different titles, debuts on ABC

Oct 3, 1955 - The Mickey Mouse Club first airs on ABC.

Oct 27, 1966 - Walt Disney films a preview of his “Florida Project,” used to showcase plans to state legislators & businessmen

Oct 1, 1971 - The Walt Disney World Resort officially opens, including the Magic Kingdom Park

Oct 1, 1978 - Card Walker, CEO of Walt Disney Productions, reveals plans for the theme park

Oct 1, 1979 - Official groundbreaking and construction of the EPCOT park begins

Oct 1, 1982 - EPCOT Center opens with Spaceship Earth, Universe of Energy, World of Motion, Imagination (Magic Journeys and ImageWorks only), The Land, CommuniCore, and 9 of the 11 current World Showcase countries

Oct 24, 1982 - Epcot is officially dedicated at WDW

Oct 1, 1983 - Horizons opens

Oct 1, 1984 - Morocco opens

Oct 6, 1989 - a new Disneyland park electronic marquee is unveiled on Harbor Blvd

Oct 19, 1989 - Wonders of Life opens

Oct 13, 1993 − Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is Released

Oct 25, 1999 - Magic Kingdom Park leaders unveil a statue of Roy O. Disney, Walt’s brother, on Main Street, U.S.A.

Oct 3, 2002 - Le Bat en Rouge opens in New Orleans Square at Disneyland park

Oct 27, 2002 - The Disney-owned Anaheim Angels defeat the San Francisco Giants to win the World Series

Oct 9, 2003 - “Wishes,” a new fireworks show, officially opens to Guests at Magic Kingdom Park

Oct 17, 2007 - Plans for a major expansion of Disney California Adventure park are announced, including an area called Cars Land

Oct 27, 2007 - The first Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 13K and 6.5K are held at the Walt Disney World Resort

Oct 8, 2010 - Guests first step into The Grid when ElecTRONica debuts at Disney California Adventure park


Nov 18, 1928 - Mickey and Minnie Mouse debut in Steamboat Willie, Disney’s first animated film with sound effects and dialogue.

Nov 13, 1940 - Fantasia is released.

Nov 10, 1953 - Buena Vista Pictures Distribution distributes its first film, The Living Desert.

Nov 26, 1966 - Magic Kingdom leaders officially commission the Liberty Belle riverboat in Liberty Square

Nov 25, 1971 - “America the Beautiful” (Circle-Vision 360 film) opens at Magic Kingdom Park

Nov 29, 1971 - The first Walt Disney World Resort golf classic begins

Nov 28, 1974 - StarJets open at Magic Kingdom Park

Nov 18, 1978 - Mickey Mouse becomes the first animated character to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Nov 5, 1980 - Leaders host the grand opening of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom Park

Nov 6, 1989 − 51% of Euro Disney S.C.A.’s 170 million shares are offered to European investors at FF72 per share. A subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company owns the remaining 49%.

Nov. 19, 1990 - Disney’s Beach Club Resort Opened

Nov 25, 1992 - "Make way for Prince Ali!" Walt Disney Pictures releases “Aladdin”

Nov 17, 1993 - An interactive fountain between Future World and World Showcase opens at Epcot

Nov 21, 1994 - Honey, I Shrunk the Audience opens at Epcot

Nov. 22, 1994 - All Star Music Resort Opened

Nov 10, 1998 - Innoventions opens at Disneyland Park in 1998

Nov 12, 1999 - Downtown Disney Marketplace carousel opens

Nov 25, 1998 - Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation Studios release “a bug’s life”

Nov 8, 2002 - Tokyo Disneyland welcomes its 300 millionth guest

Nov. 16, 2004 - Stitch’s Great Escape Opened

Nov 10, 2006 - Walt Disney is the first recipient on a star on Anaheim’s Walk of Fame


Dec 30, 1890 - Raymond Arnold Disney (Walt’s brother) is born

Dec 5, 1901 - Walt Disney Birthday

Dec 6, 1903 - Ruth Flora Disney(Walt’s sister)is born in 1903; Walt composed a letter to her annually on her birthday.

Dec 16, 1929 - The Disney Brothers partnership is replaced by four companies: Walt Disney Productions, Ltd.; Walt Disney Enterprises; Liled Realty and Investment Company; and the Disney Film Recording Company.

Dec 2, 1935 - Marc Davis (animator and one of Walt’s “Nine Old Men”) joins The Walt Disney Studios

Dec 22, 1936 - Walt and Lillian Disney adopt their second daughter, Sharon Mae Disney

Dec 21, 1937 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first feature-length animated film, premieres, accompanied by the first comprehensive merchandise campaign.

Dec 25, 1950 - Disney airs its first television show, “One Hour in Wonderland”

Dec 16, 1952 - WED Enterprises is founded as a private company owned solely by Walt Disney to design and create Disneyland.

Dec 21, 1954 - Walt Disney Pictures releases “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”

Dec 25, 1955 - Mike Fink Keel Boats premiere on the Rivers of America in Disneyland

Dec 31, 1957 - The first annual New Year's Eve Party takes place with 7,500 guests in Disneyland

Dec 11, 1958 - The first Candlelight Processional is presented at Disneyland park

Dec 15, 1966 - Walt Disney dies

Dec 1, 1971 - The Roy O. Disney engine begins service on the Walt Disney World Railroad

Dec 20, 1971 - Roy O. Disney dies.

Dec 14, 1973 - The Golf Resort (now called Shades of Green) opens at the Walt Disney World Resort

Dec. 15, 1973 Pirates of the Caribbean Opened at WDW

Dec 16, 1983 - The first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held at the Walt Disney World Resort

Dec 7, 1986 - The Disney Channel begins 24-hour programming

Dec 8, 1989 - Monorail Blue becomes the 1st operational Mark VI monorail train at the Walt Disney World Resort

Dec. 20, 1991 Disney’s Old Key West Resort Opened

Dec 9, 1992 - The NHL grants Disney an expansion franchise (would become the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim)

Dec 11, 1992 - Walt Disney Pictures releases “The Muppet Christmas Carol”

Dec 10, 1993 - Living with the Land opens at Epcot

Dec 22, 1995 - Chef Mickey's opens at Disney's Contemporary Resort - WDW

Dec 19, 1999 - Tomorrowland Speedway becomes Tomorrowland Indy Speedway at Magic Kingdom Park

Dec 10, 2000 - Safari Village, a land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, becomes Discovery Island

Dec 5, 2001 - The Sorcerer’s Hat icon is dedicated at the Disney-MGM Studios

Dec 5, 2001 - The 100 Years of Magic celebration, which marks the 100th anniversary of Walt's birth, kicked off

Dec 4, 2001 - Disneyland Resort Paris becomes the official name of the Euro Disney property

Dec 9, 2002 - Disney’s Aladdin-A Musical Spectacular” premieres at Disney California Adventure park

Dec 11, 2002 - Ariel’s Grotto restaurant opens at Disney California Adventure park

Dec.14, 2003 Disney’s Pop Century Resort Opened

Dec 8, 2009 - Walt Disney Animation Studios’ holiday special “Prep & Landing” premieres on ABC

1971 at WDW

Magic Kingdom

Disney Contemporary Resort

Disney Polynesian Village

Disney Fort Wilderness Lodge resort

Electrical Water Pageant

1972 at WDW

If You Had Wings

First Easter Parade

First grad Night

Treehouse Villas and Vacation Villas Open in Disney's Village resort

1973 at WDW

Pirates of the Caribbean

Walt Disney Story

Swan Boats

Tom Swayer Island

Maiden Voyage of Ferry Boats Magic Kingdom I & II

Golf Resort (later named The Disney Inn, now shades of green)

1974 at WDW

Star Jets

Magic Carpet: Around the world film

Treasure Island (later and Discovery Island)

Pioneer Hall at Fort Wilderness resort

Donald Duck turns 40

1975 at WDW

Space Mountain

Carousel of Progress

WEDway Peoplemover

Walt Disney World Village

America on parade bicentennial salute

Mission to Mars replaces Flight to the moon

1976 at WDW

River country

Kingdom Queen ferry boat joins WDW fleet

1977 at WDW

Empress Lilly riverboat restaurant

Village verandah restaurant

Magic Kingdom baby care center opens

Premiere of the Main Street electrical Parade

1978 at WDW

Disney's Polynesian village expands

Mickey Mouse's 50th Birthday parade

Fairway Villas added to Village resort

Treasure Island becomes Discovery Island

Plans for EPCOT Center are announced

1979 at WDW

EPCOT Center groundbreaking

100 millionth vistor to WDW

1980 at WDW

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Conference center opens at Village Resort

Club Lake villas added to Village Resort

1981 at WDW

Year long Tricentennial Celebration

EPCOT Center Preview opens in Magic Kingdom

1982 at WDW

EPCOT opens (featuring 5 future world attractions and 9 world showcase pavilions)

Passport ticketing system Instituted

1983 at WDW

Horizons in Epcot

Journey into Imagination in EPCOT

150 millionth guest comes to WDW

Living Seas groundbreaking

Morocco Pavilion groundbreaking

1984 at WDW

Backstage Magic opens in Epcot

Morocco Opens in EPCOT

American Journey film in Magic Kingdom

Donald Duck's 50th birthday parade

Epcot Worldfest year long celebration

LaserPhonic Fantasy debuts on World Showcase lagoon

1985 at WDW

Skyleidscope at Epcot

Plans for Disney MGM studio tour announced

Meadow recreation complex opens at Fort Wilderness

1986 at WDW

The living Seas in Epcot opens

Captain EO epcot opens

Disney Theme parks welcome their 500 millionth guest

Golf resort becomes the Disney inn

1987 at WDW

250 millionth guest at WDW

The All America Parade begins in the Magic Kingdom

Met Life announce plans for a Life & Health pavilion at Epcot

Epcot Daredevil Circus Spectacular in Epcot begins

Disney Dollars debuts

1988 at WDW

Mickey's Birthdayland in there Magic Kingdom opens

Mickey Mouse's 60th birthday parade in the Magic Kingdom begin

Norway Pavilion opens

IllumiNations on the World Showcase lagoon begins

Disney MGM Studios production facility opens

Disney Grand Floridan beach resort opens

Disney's Caribbean Resort opens

1989 at WDW

Disney's MGM studio Theme park and all 8 attractions opens

The Mickey Mouse Club (Taped at Disney MGM) debuts on the Disney Channel

Delta Dreamflight in the Magic Kingdom opens

Wonders of Life pavilion Opens in Epcot

Typhoon Lagoon Opens

Pleasure Island Opens

Casting Center opens

Star Tours at Disney MGM Studio opens

First Mark VI monorail trains go operational

300 millionth guest at WDW

1990 at WDW

Here comes the moppet stage show at Disney MGM opens

Honey, I shrunk the kids movie set adventure at Epcot

Sorcery in the sky fireworks debuts at Disney MGM

Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles comes to Disney MGM studios

Mickey's Birthday land becomes Mickey's Starland

WDW Swan & Dolphin resorts open

1991 at WDW

WDW 20th celebration begins

Surprise Celebration parade in Magic Kingdom begins

Jim Henson's MuppetVision 3D at Disney MGM opens

Disney's Port Orleans resort Opens

Spectromagic begins in the Magic Kingdom

The Disney's Vacation Club starts

Team Disney Building opens

Grand Floridan Convention center opens

Contemporary Resort convention center opens

Beauty & the Beast stage show debuts at Disney MGM

1992 at WDW

Disney's Dixie landing resort opens

Construction begins on Disney's Wildness lodge resort

Disney Bonnet Creek gold club opens

Voyage of the Little Mermaid show opens

Splash Mountain in the Magic Kingdom opens

The original Country Bear Jamboree show returns to the Magic Kingdom

400 millionth gust visits WDW

Aladdin's Royal caravan at Disney MGM begins

1993 at WDW

Nestle becomes new participant at the Land in Epcot

New shows at the Land begin

Dedication of the ATLAS hall of Fame plaza Disney MGM studio

New Program at Hall of President is put into service

1994 at WDW

inaugural running of the WDW marathon

The Disney Inn is leased to the US armed Forces and becomes Shades of green

Sunset Blvd & the Twilight Zone Tower of terror opens

Disney All Star Sports Opens

Disney All Star Music Opens

Disney Wilderness Lodge opens

Innoventions at Epcot Opens

Spaceship Earth reopens with new narration and new finale

Honey, I shrunk the audience at Epcot opens

Legend of the Lion King Opens at the Magic Kingdom

Snow White adventure reopens with new scenes at the Magic Kingdom

New Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom Opens

Disney Theme parks welcome their 1 Billionth guest

Planet Hollywood opens at WDW

1995 at WDW

AT&T global neighborhood post show at Spaceship Earth opens

Blizzard Beach opens

Ohana restaurant at the Polynesian opens

California grill at the Contemporary resort opens

Alien Encounter at the Magic Kingdom opens

WDW 4th theme park Disney Animal Kingdom is announced

Spirit of Pocahontas stage show at Disney MGM opens

Toy Story parade at Disney MGM begins

Wedding pavilion Opens

WDW speedway opens

500 millionth guest is welcomed at WDW

1996 at WDW

Inagural indy 200 at WDW

Disney instate opens

Hunchback of Notre Dame stage show at Disney MGM

Fulton's Crabhouse restaurant opens

Fantasia garden miniature golf opens

Disney Boardwalk Resort opens

First residents of celebration move in

Mickey's Starland becomes Mickey's ToonTown Fair