This Day in History

Christmas Day in Disney History

1950-Television special One Hour in Wonderland airs.

1951-Television special Walt Disney Christmas Show airs.

1953-Donald Duck Cartoon Canvas Back Duck is released.

Goofy cartoon How to Sleep is released.


1955-Animated short from Johnny Appleseed from Melody Time is released.


Frontierland attraction Mike Fink Keelboats opens at Disneyland.


1956-People and Places Featurette Samoa is released.

1957-Film Old Yeller starring Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire, Tommy Kirk and Kevin Corcoran is released.


Featurette Portugal is released.

1958-People and Places featurette Seven Cities of Antartica is released.

Film Tonka is released.

1963-Animated film The Sword in the Stone is released.


1969-Arena Show Disney on Parade premieres in Chicago, it is the predecessor for World on Ice.

1975-Animated short The Madcap Adventures of Mr. Toad is released.

Film Ride a Wild Pony is released.

1983-The Walt Disney World’s Very Merry Christmas Parade airs, it will be the beginning of the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade that continues on till now.

1984-Final episode of Paper Dolls airs.

1994-Film Ruyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is released.


1996-Hollywood Pictures musical film Evita starring Madonna, Antonio Banderas and Jonathon Pryce is released.


1997-Film An American Warewolf in Paris is released.

Touchstone film Kundun is released.

Film Mr. Magoo starring Leslie Nielsen, Kelly Lynch, Ernie Hudson and Malcolm McDowell is released.


1998-Animated short Goofy’s Extreme Sports: Paracycling is released.

Film Mighty Joe Young starring Bill Paxton, Chalize Theron and Naveen Andrews is released.


Touchstone film A Civil Action is released.

2003-Film The Young Black Stallion is released.

2005-Touchstone film Casanova starring Heath Ledger is released.

2008-Actress Earth Kitt dies of Colon Cancer, she played Catwoman in Batman, Old Lady Hackney in Ernest Scared Stupid, Madam Zeroni in Holes and voiced Yzma in Emporer’s New Groove.


Film Bedtime Stories starring Adam Sandler, Keri Russell, Guy Pearce and Richard Griffiths is released.


2014-Film Into the Woods starring Merryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kenderick, Chris Pine and Johnnie Depp is released.

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Christmas Eve in Disney History

1937-Mickey Mouse cartoon Lonesome Ghosts is released.


1948-Donald Duck cartoon Tea for Two Hundred is released.


1954-People and Places featurette Siam is released.

1971-Tomorrowland attraction Flight to the Moon opens in Magic Kingdom.

2000-Wonderful World of Disney Special Walt Disney World ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas airs.

2001-Univision special Navidad Magica Disney premieres.

2008-Final episode of Wonderful World of Disney airs.

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Joseph Smith’s Birthday in Disney History

1910-Disney Legend Marvin Davis is born.

1938-Silly Symphony cartoon Mother Goose Goes Hollywood is released.


1952-Final episode of Beulah airs on ABC.

1954-Donald Duck cartoon Grand Canyonscope is released.


Film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea starring James Mason, Kirk Douglas, Paul Lukas and Peter Lorre is released.


1962-Television special Holiday Time at Disneyland airs.

1974-Game Show The Big Showdown premieres on ABC.

1982-Comunicore pavilion attraction Electronic Poll opens in EPCOT Center’s Future World.

1987-Touchstone film Good Morning Vietnam! starring Robin Williams is released.

1990-Film Green Card is released.

1998-West Side Cirque du Soleil show La Nouba opens in Downtown Disney.


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This Day in Disney History December 22nd

1954-Television show A Present for Donald airs.

1955-Film The Littlelest Outlaw is released.

1956-Featurette Disneyland, U.S.A is released.

1968-Television show The Mickey Mouse Anniversary Show airs.

1995-Disney Legend Bill Cottrell dies.

Animated music video Disney’s Timon & Pumba in Stand By Me is released.

Film Tom & Huck starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Brad Renfro and Michael McShane is released.


Chef Mickey’s restaurant opens in the Contemporary Resort, replacing Contemporary Cafe.


1996-Television special The Christmas Tree airs.

2000-The film O Brother, Where Art Thou? starring George Clooney, John Goodman and Holly Hunter is released.  It is a depression era story that takes place in the south and is based upon Homer’s Odyssey.


2007-Production Courtyard attraction The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror opens in Walt Disney Studios Paris.


2009-Final episode of Little Einsteins airs.

2014-Disney Imagineer Pat Burke dies.

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This Day in Disney History December 21st

1937-Animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is released.


1945-Donald Duck cartoon Old Sequoia is released.


1948-The first Tru-Life Adventure Seal Island is released.

1955-Featurette Men Against the Arctic is released.

1960-Featurette  The Horse with the Flying Tail is released.

Film Swiss Family Robinson starring John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran and Janet Munro is released.

Tobago Swiss Tree 1960

1979-Film The London Connection is released.

Dumbo’s Circus Parade finishes its run at Magic Kingdom.

1980-Part 1 of Television show The Ghost of Buxley Hall airs.

1990-Television special Disney’s Christmas on Ice airs.

1992-Aladdin’s Royal Caravan a parade premieres at Disney-MGM Studios.


1997-Wonderful World of Disney movie Flash airs.

2004-Video release of Where the Red Fern Grows starring Dabney Coleman and Ned Beatty happens.

2007-Film National Treasure: Book of Secrets starring Nicholas Cage, Diane Kruger, Jon Voight, Helen Mirren, Justin Bartha, Ed Harris and Bruce Greenwood is released.


Goofy cartoon How to Hook up Your Home Theater is released.


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This Day in Disney History December 20th

1924-Disney Legend Sam McKim is born.

1946-Goofy Cartoon Double Dribble is released.

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1956-Film Westward Ho the Wagons! starring Fess Parker is released.

1961-Goofy Cartoon Aquamania is released.

1968-Film The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit starring Dean Jones, Diane Baker and Kurt Russell is released.


Special cartoon Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day is released.


1972-Featurette the Magic of Walt Disney World is released.

Film Snowball Express starring Dean Jones, Harry Morgan, Keenan Wynn and Nancy Olson is released.


1974-Special cartoon Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too is released.

1975-Shortened theatrical version of Fantasy on Skis is released.

1976-Disney Legend Ned Washington dies.

1980-Disney Legend Ben Sharpsteen dies.

1981-Fantasyland attraction Fantasyland Theater closes at Disneyland.  It will become Pinocchio’s Daring Journey.

1983-Television special A Disney Christmas Gift airs.

1985-Game Show All-Star Blitz airs final episode on ABC.

1991-Touchstone picture Father of the Bride starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams, Martin Short and George Newbern is released.


2002-Paradise Pier restaurant Ariel’s Grotto opens up in Disney’s California Adventure replacing Avalon Cove.


2003-Television special A Merry  Mickey Celebration airs.


2013-Film Saving Mr. Banks starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson is released.


2014-Fantasyland attraction Storybook Land Canal Boats reopens with Arrendelle from the film Frozen at Disneyland.

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This Day in Disney History December 19th

1914-Disney Legend Mel Shaw is born.

1925-Disney Legend Robert Sherman is born.

1936-Silly Symphony cartoon More Kittens is released.


1958-Television show From All of Us to All of You airs.

1962-Special cartoon A Symposium on Popular Songs is released.


Film In Search of the Castaways starring Haley Mills, Maurice Chevalier, George Sanders, Wilfred Hyde-White, Michael Anderson, Jr. and Keith Hamshire is released.

In Search of the Castaways - breakfast pan

1971-Television special Disney on Parade airs.

1992-Television special Disney’s Christmas Fantasy on Ice airs.

1999-Final episode of Snoops airs on ABC.

2002-Touchstone film 25th Hour starring Edward Norton, Philipp Seymour Hoffman, Anna Paquinn and Brian Cox is released.

2003-Film Destino is released.