A Bit Of Disney History


Walt Disney History

Am image of Walter Disney with older Mickey Mouse puppet.

 

December 5, 1901 – Walt Disney, born in Chicago, animator, Mickey Mouse

June 8, 1917 – Walt Disney graduates from Benton High School

January 29, 1920 – Walt Disney starts 1st job as artist making $40 week with Kansas City Slide Co.


May 23, 1922
Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram Films

Walt Disney Studios 1922

 

February 8, 1926
Walt Disney Studios forms


1928 Steamboat Willie

July 29, 1928
Walt Disney’s “Steamboat Willie” is released

November 18, 1928
Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse debuts in New York in “Steamboat Willie


1932 Dippy_Dawg

 

 

 

May 12, 1932
Goofy, aka Dippy Dawg
1st appears in ‘Mickey’s Revue’ by Walt Disney


1933-Three-Little-Pigs

 

 

May 27, 1933
Walt Disney’s “3 Little Pigs” released

 


1937-Snow-White-and-the-7-Dwarfs

 

1937 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is released.
This is Disney’s first full length animated film

 


1940-Walt-Disney-stock

 


1940 – Walt Disney Productions offers stock,
company goes public to lower debt.
The company also moves its operations from Hollywood to Burbank, CA.


1940-Pinochio

 

February 7, 1940
Walt Disney’s 2nd feature-length movie, “Pinocchio,” premieres (New York City)

February 23, 1940
Walt Disney’s animated movie “Pinocchio,” released

 


1940-Fantasia

 

November 13 1940
Walt Disney’s “Fantasia” released

 


1941-Disney-strike

 

1941 – Disney animation workers go out on strike
On strike for five months.

A deal to return back to work is finally brokered by federal mediators


1941-Dumbo

 

October 23, 1941
Walt Disney’s “Dumbo” released


1942-Bambi

 

 

June 14, 1942
Walt Disney’s “Bambi” animated movie is released


1943 – The American Broadcast Company
The network is formed after the FCC rules that NBC must sell one of its two radio networks.
The NBC Blue network is sold to Edward J. Noble for $8 million.
Noble made his money as the creator of Lifesavers candy.


1945-Three-Caballeros

 

February 3, 1945
Walt Disney’s “3 Caballeros” released

 


1946-Song-of-the-South

 

 

November 12, 1946
Walt Disney’s “Song Of South” released


1947-Walt-Disney-testifies-in-front-of-House-committee

 

1947 – Walt Disney testifies in front of the House Committee on un American activities


1950-Cinderella

 

 

February 15, 1950
Walt Disney’s “Cinderella” released


1951 – Leonard Goldstein and United Paramount Theaters buy ABC for $25 million


1951-Alice-in-Wonderland

 

July 28, 1951
Walt Disney’s “Alice In Wonderland” released


1953 Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

 

1953 – Buena Vista Distribution Company

The company is formed to act as Disney film distributor.


1953-Peter-Pan

 

 

February 5, 1953
Peter Pan opens at Roxy Theater, New York City

 


1954-Disneyland-television-ABC

 

 

October 26, 1954
Walt Disney’s 1st weekly television program, “Disneyland,” premieres on ABC


1955-Lady-and-Tramp

 

 

June 23, 1955
Walt Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp” released


Disneyland with Tinker Bell

 

1955 – Disneyland opens in Anaheim, CA
theme Park construction at a cost of $17 million.
The ABC television network is partial investor in Disneyland.


1955-Mickey-Mouse-Club

 


1955 – The Mickey Mouse Club
airs on ABC for the first time.
Howard Hughes offers to sell Disney the RKO studio but Walt and Roy decline the deal


1955-Disneyland-opens

 

July 17th, 1955
Disneyland opens Anaheim, California


1959-Sleeping-Beauty

January 29, 1959 – Walt Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” released

 

 


1960 Disney buys out ABC’s remaining financial interest in Disneyland


1961-101-Dalmatians

 

 

January 25, 1961
Walt Disney’s “101 Dalmatians” released


1961-Greyfriars-Bobby

 

 

September 28, 1961
Walt Disney’s movie “Grey Friars Bobby” premieres


1963-Sword-in-the-Stone

 

 

December 25, 1963
Walt Disney’s “The Sword in the Stone” is released


1964-Mary-Poppins

 

 

August 29, 1964 Walt Disney’s “Mary Poppins” released


1964 Walt Disney awarded Medal of Freedom

 

 

September 14, 1964
Walt Disney awarded Medal of Freedom at White House


1965 Epcot center

 

November 16, 1965
Walt Disney launches Epcot Center.
Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow


1966 Walt Disney passes

 

December 15, 1966
Walt Disney, animator, dies of lung cancer at 65, put in suspended animation


1967-The-Jungle-Book

 

 

October 18, 1967
Walt Disney’s “Jungle Book” is released


1970-Aristocats

 

 

December 24, 1970
Walt Disney’s “Aristocats” is released


 

October 1, 1971
Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida opens


1893-1971 Roy Disney

 

 

1971 – Walt Disney World opens in Orlando, FL.
December 20, 1971 – Roy Disney passes

 

 


1973-Disney-Store-opens

 

 

April 15, 1973
Walt Disney Store opens

 


1977-Rescuers

 

 

June 22, 1977
Walt Disney’s “Rescuers” released


1980-Fox-and-the-Hound

 

 

July 9, 1980
Walt Disney’s “Fox and The Hound,” released


1983 Tokyo Disneyland

 

 

1983 – Tokyo Disneyland opens.
The Disney Channel makes its debut on cable television


1984 Walt Disney Productions CEO Michael Eisner

1984 – Michael Eisner becomes the new CEO for Walt Disney Productions.
ABC in a deal with Getty Oil acquires ESPN.
ABC sells 20% of the sports cable network to Nabisco who in turn later deals the stake to Hearst


1985-Walt-Disney-World

 

 

September 20, 1985
Walt Disney World receives its 200-millionth guest

 

 


1986-Walt-Disney-Company


1986

Disney changes name from Walt Disney Productions to the Walt Disney Company.
Capital Cities Communication, a large broadcasting group, acquires the ABC television network for 3.5 $billion.


1992 Mighty_Ducks_of_Anaheim

1992 – Disney is awarded a National Hockey League
The expansion team to be called The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim make their league debut.

ESPN Radio is launched


1992-disneyland-paris


April 22 1992  Disneyland Paris, originally Euro Disney Resort opens

A second theme park, Walt Disney Studios Park, opened in 2002. The resort is the second Disney park to open outside the United States, following the opening of the Tokyo Disney Resort in 1983.

 


1993 Miramax Films

1993 Disney acquires Miramax Films


1995
Disney announces its intent to purchase Capital Cities/ABC for $19 billion.
The deal is the largest media merger in history to the point and the second largest sum of money ever paid for a U.S. company


1996-Capital-Cities---ABC

 

1996 – Capital Cities/ABC officially becomes part of the Disney Company.
Disney.com is launched. Disney gains ownership stake in Major League Baseball’s California Angels.

Team later changes its name to the Anaheim Angels. Radio Disney is launched

 


1997 – Knight Rider purchases Disney’s four newspapers for $1.65 billion

  • Kansas City Star
  • Forth Worth Star-Telegram
  • Wilkes Barre Times Leader
  • Belleville News-Democrat

2001 Fox Channel


2001 – News Corp.
Sells Fox Family Worldwide to Disney.
Cable channel later becomes known as ABC Family


2003 anaheim_angels

 

 

2003 – Anaheim Angels sold to Phoenix businessman Arturo Moreno for just over $180 million