Disney History 08 August

This Day in Disney History – August

August 1

  • 1936: The Mickey Mouse Cartoon Short “Mickey’s Circus” is released
  • 1941: The Donald Duck Cartoon Short “Truant Officer Donald” is released
  • 1958: The animated short, “Paul Bunyan” is released
  • 1958: Disneyland Sponsors Disney Night at the Hollywood Bowl
  • 1997: Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort opens at Walt Disney World

August 2

  • 1999: The Disney Wonder Arrives at Port Canaveral Florida
  • 2002: Disney’s Touchstone Pictures released “Signs”

August 3

  • 1935: The animated short, “Mickey’s Fire Brigade” directed by Ben Sharpsteen, released
  • 1988: The Walt Disney Company and French leaders host the groundbreaking ceremony for Disneyland Paris Resort
  • 2001: Walt Disney Pictures Released “The Princess Diaries”
  • 2007: Walt Disney Pictures Released “Underdog”

August 4

  • 1995: Groundbreaking of Disney’s Animal Kingdom takes place
  • 2000: Disney’s Touchstone Pictures released “Coyote Ugly”
  • 2009: Bay Lake Tower opened at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

August 5

  • 1955: The 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea exhibit opens at Disneyland park
  • 1967: Adventure Thru Inner Space opens at Disneyland park

August 6

  • 1961: Floating on a cushion of air, the Flying Saucers attraction opens at Disneyland
  • 2003: Walt Disney Pictures “Freaky Friday” is Released

August 7

August 8

  • 1952: Disney’s “The Little House” Cartoon Short Premieres

August 9

  • 1940: “Donald’s Vacation” directed by Jack King, was released through R-K-O Pictures
  • 1955: The Aunt Jemima Pancake House opens at Disneyland park
  • 1969: The Haunted Mansion opens at Disneyland park
  • 2004: Donald Duck receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

August 10

August 11

  • 1941: Walt Disney and “El Grupo” Embark On Goodwill Tour of South America
  • 1955: Casa de Fritos restaurant opens at Disneyland park (now home to Rancho del Zocalo)
  • 2014: Disney Legend Robin Williams Died

August 12

  • 1958: Walt Disney’s “White Wilderness” is released as part of the True Life Adventure Series
  • 1967: Space Travel becomes a reality as Flight to the Moon opens at Disneyland park
  • 2000: Disney Cruise Line Ship Disney Magic Begins Seven Night Eastern Caribbean Cruises

August 13

  • 1932: The Cartoon Short “Mickey’s Nightmare” is Released
  • 1942: Walt Disney Pictures premiers “Bambi” at Radio City Music Hall in New York
  • 1954: ‘Ranger J. Audubon Woodlore’ was introduced in the Donald Duck cartoon short, “Grin and Bear It”

August 14

  • 1942: The Pluto Cartoon Short “T-Bone for Two” Premieres
  • 1987: Disney’s Touchstone Pictures “Can’t Buy Me Love” is Released

August 15

  • 1946: Disney Animation’s 8th feature, MAKE MINE MUSIC, was released in the U.S. through R-K-O Pictures (It had premiered earlier that year in New York, on April 20th)
  • 1994: 100th Anniversary of the Fred Gurley Steam Train No. 3 at Disneyland
  • 1999: Maiden Voyage of the Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

August 16

  • 1955: Soaring above Fantasyland, Dumbo the Flying Elephant opens at Disneyland park
  • 1958: The Fire Engine arrives on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park

August 17

  • 1941: Walt Disney and Staff Arrive in Rio de Janeiro on a Goodwill Tour of South America
  • 2007: “High School Musical 2” Premieres on Disney Channel

August 18

  • 1989: Walt Disney Pictures Releases “Cheetah”

August 19

  • 1933: The Silly Symphony “Lullaby Land” Premieres
  • 1938: The Cartoon Short “The Whalers” is Released
  • 2011: The second D23 Expo opens at the Anaheim Convention Center

August 20

  • 1928: The Last Oswald Cartoon Short, “Hot Dog”, was released
  • 1932: The 45th Mickey Mouse short, “Trader Mickey” was released through United Artists Pictures

August 21

  • 1995: The PeopleMover Attraction Closes at Disneyland
  • 2004: “Brandy & Mr. Whiskers” Animated TV Series Premieres on Disney Channel

August 22

  • 1929: The very first Silly Symphony, “The Skeleton Dance”, directed by Ub Iwerks was released
  • 1936: The Silly Symphony “Toby Tortoise Returns” is Released
  • 1956: Carefree Corner, a guest registration area, opens at Disneyland

August 23

  • 1955: The Surrey (a Main Street, U.S.A., vehicle) debuts at Disneyland
  • 1991: Disney’s Touchstone Pictures releases “True Identity”

August 24

  • 1942: “Saludos Amigos” World Premieres in Rio de Janeiro
  • 1945: The Pluto Cartoon Short “The Legend of Coyote Rock” is Released
  • 1956: The Omnibus begins transporting guests down Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland

August 25

  • 1985: Disneyland park welcomes its 250 millionth guest
  • 1989: Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! Opens at Disney-MGM Studios
  • 2002: Disney California Adventure park hosts the first ABC Primetime Preview Weekend
  • 2006: Walt Disney Pictures Releases The Football Film “Invincible”

August 26

  • 1948: Walt Returns to the Studio after 10 Day Trip to Chicago and Greenfield Village
  • 1949: The Goofy cartoon short “Tennis Racquet” is released

August 27

  • 1943: The Oscar-nominated short, “Reason and Emotion” was released
  • 1955: The Mickey Mouse Club Theatre Opens at Disneyland
  • 1964: Walt Disney’s version of P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins” premiered at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California

August 28

  • 1929: The animated short “Mickey’s Follies” (featuring the song “Minnie’s Yoo Hoo”, performed by Mickey Mouse) debuts
  • 1957: The True-Life Adventure (True Life Fantasy) Nature Film “Perri” is Released
  • 1957: The Cartoon Short “The Truth About Mother Goose” Premieres
  • 2003: Lucky the Dinosaur, the first free moving Audio Animatronic creature, debuted at The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

August 29

  • 1955: The Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship and Restaurant opens at Disneyland park
  • 1964: Mary Poppins is released to the general public
  • 2011: Aulani (pronounced ow-lah-nee), a Disney Resort & Spa officially opens in Ko Olina, Hawaii

August 30

  • 1908: Fred MacMurray, The First Disney Legend is Born
  • 1940: The Mickey Mouse Cartoon Short “Pluto’s Dream House” was released through R-K-O Pictures
  • 2014: 101 Dogs Walk the Green Carpet at First-Ever Disney Side Dog’s Day at Magic Kingdom Park

August 31

  • 1935: The Mickey Mouse cartoon short “Pluto’s Judgement Day” is released
  • 1938: Walt Disney and Roy O. Disney make a $10,000 deposit on 51 acres in Burbank, CA for a new studio
  • 1948: Walt outlines ideas for his “Mickey Mouse Park” in a memo – ideas that led to the development of Disneyland park