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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