Disney History 12 December

This Day in Disney History – December

December 1

  • 1924: The Alice Comedy “Alice and the Three Bears” is released
  • 1954: ABC Airs “A Story of Dogs” on the Disneyland TV Show
  • 1955: The Maxwell House Coffee House opens in Town Square at Disneyland
  • 1966: “Follow Me Boys” Premieres, Starring Disney Legends Fred MacMurray and Kurt Russell

December 2

  • 1935: Marc Davis (animator & one of Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men) joins The Walt Disney Studios
  • 1965: The Disney Comedy “That Darn Cat!” Premieres
  • 1993: Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast, A New Musical” Stage Show Debuts in Houston
  • 2014: “Toy Story That Time Forgot” Christmas Special Premieres on ABC

December 3

  • 1980: Tokyo Disneyland groundbreaking and site dedication takes place in Urayasu, just outside of Tokyo

December 4

  • 1933: Clarence Nash (The original voice of Donald Duck) Joins the Disney Studio
  • 1957: “Mars and Beyond” Debuts on TV
  • 2012: Disney and Netflix announce a multi-year exclusive licensing deal to stream Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios and Disneynature titles beginning in 2016

December 5

  • 1941: The Donald Duck Cartoon “Chef Donald” is Released
  • 1994: Disney Interactive, a division first intended to develop, market, and distribute cartridge games and CD-ROM software, is formed

December 6

  • 1976: The TV Special “Christmas in Disneyland” with Art Carney Airs
  • 2012: The New Fantasyland officially opens at The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida

December 7

  • 1941: The US Army Commandeers Disney Soundstage
  • 1955: “The Goofy Success Story” debuts on TV
  • 1999: “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas” is released Direct-to-Video on VHS
  • 2005: “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe” World Premiere in London

December 8

  • 1944: The Donald Duck Cartoon “Donald’s Off Day” is Released
  • 1954: ABC Airs the “Disneyland” TV Show Featuring The Documentary “Operation Undersea”
  • 2009: Walt Disney Animation Studios’ holiday special “Prep & Landing” premieres on ABC
  • 2014: “Into the Woods” World Premiere in NYC

December 9

  • 1933: The 40th Silly Symphony, “The Night Before Christmas” was released
  • 1938: The Silly Symphony “Merbabies” was Released
  • 1999: The “Aida” Musical Show Opens at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago
  • 2005: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is Released

December 10

  • 1932: The Silly Symphony “Santa’s Workshop” is Released
  • 1969: The Animated Featurette “It’s Tough to Be a Bird” is Released

December 11

  • 1957: “The Horse of the West” Debuts on the “Disneyland” Television Series
  • 1970: Disney’s 20th Animated Feature “The Aristocats” Premieres in Los Angeles
  • 1992: “The Muppet Christmas Carol” Premieres
  • 2009: Walt Disney Pictures releases “The Princess and the Frog”

December 12

  • 1937: A new Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Sunday Color Comic Strip Debuts
  • 1941: Disney Delivers the Animated Film “7 Wise Dwarfs” to the National Film Board of Canada
  • 1952: The Goofy Cartoon “How to Be a Detective” is Released
  • 2000: The Disneyland Pacific Hotel is renamed Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

December 13

  • 1925: Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke was born in West Plains, Missouri
  • 1940: The Donald Duck Cartoon “Fire Chief” Premieres
  • 1971: “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” is Released
  • 2013: “Saving Mr. Banks” is released in the U.S.

December 14

  • 1935: The Silly Symphony “Broken Toys” is Released
  • 1961: “Babes in Toyland” Premieres
  • 1986: Big Thunder Barbecue (which later became Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue) opens at Disneyland park

December 15

  • 1954: ABC Airs “Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter” Episode on the “Disneyland” TV Show
  • 1966: Walt Disney passes away
  • 1973: Pirates of the Caribbean opens at Magic Kingdom park in Florida
  • 1987: Magic Journeys 3D Film opens at Magic Kingdom park
  • 1999: “Fantasia 2000” premieres at Carnegie Hall in New York City
  • 2000: The Animated Feature “The Emperor’s New Groove” is released
  • 2004: Disney Legend Fess Parker is honored with a window at Disneyland park on the 50th anniversary of “Davy Crockett”

December 16

  • 1952: Walt Disney created WED Enterprises (which would later become Walt Disney Imagineering) to conceive, design, and build Disneyland
  • 1959: The True-Life Adventure “Mysteries of the Deep” is Released
  • 2009: Roy E. Disney, son of Disney Studios co-founder Roy O. Disney, and nephew of Walt Disney passed away

December 17

  • 1932: The Mickey Mouse Cartoon “Mickey’s Good Deed” Premieres
  • 1961: NBC TV Airs the Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color Show “Backstage Party”
  • 2010: Walt Disney Pictures releases “TRON: Legacy”

December 18

  • 1960: The “Parade of Toys” Debuts at Disneyland
  • 1960: ABC Airs the Walt Disney Presents TV Show “Escape to Paradise”
  • 2014: John Lasseter’s 1986 animated short, “Luxo Jr.” was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress

December 19

  • 1958: ABC Airs the Walt Disney Presents TV Show “From All of Us to All of You”
  • 2003: The Animated Short “Destino” Premieres

December 20

  • 1946: The Goofy Cartoon “Double Dribble” is released
  • 1958: The First Candlelight Processional is presented at Disneyland
  • 1968: “The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit” is Released
  • 1968: “Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day” Premieres
  • 1971: Roy O. Disney, older brother of Walt Disney and co-founder of the company that is now known as The Walt Disney Company, passes away
  • 1991: The Disney Touchstone Comedy Film “Father of the Bride” is released
  • 2002: Ariel’s Grotto restaurant opens at Disney California Adventure park

December 21

  • 1937:  Walt Disney Pictures “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” the first full-length animated feature, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre
  • 1958: Disneyland debuts the Candlelight Procession and Massed Choir Ceremony

December 22

  • 1954: ABC Airs the Disneyland TV Show “A Present for Donald”
  • 1957: “Christmas in Many Lands” Parade Premieres at Disneyland
  • 2007: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror opens at Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris

December 23

  • 1938: The Silly Symphony cartoon short “Mother Goose Goes Hollywood” was released
  • 1954: The Science-Fiction Adventure Movie “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” Premieres

December 24

  • 1937: The Mickey Mouse Cartoon Short “Lonesome Ghosts” Premieres
  • 1970: “The Aristocats” is Released in Theaters. It had previously premiered in Los Angeles on December 11

December 25

  • 1950: Disney airs its first television show, “One Hour in Wonderland”
  • 1955: The Mike Fink Keel Boats open at Disneyland
  • 1963: The Animated Feature “The Sword in the Stone” is Released
  • 1969: The arena show Disney on Parade, in which costumed Disney characters put on lavish dance numbers, debuts in Chicago
  • 1983: “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade” is televised for the first time
  • 2014: “Into the Woods” Released in Theaters Nationwide (although there were showings on Christmas eve on the 24th)

December 26

  • 1939: The Disney Studio begins its move to Burbank, California, from the Hyperion Studio in Los Angeles
  • 1941: The Goofy Cartoon “The Art of Self Defense” is Released
  • 1961: Former United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower visits Disneyland with his family

December 27

  • 1937: Time Puts Walt Disney on the Cover of its Weekly News Magazine
  • 1940: The Pluto Cartoon “Pantry Pirate” Premieres

December 28

  • 1955: “Man and the Moon” Debuts on the Disneyland TV Show
  • 2007: Ashley Brown Leads Mary Poppins’ Themed Master Class

December 29

  • 1954: The True-Life Adventures “Beaver Valley” and “Cameras in Africa” Debut on TV

December 30

  • 1928: The Mickey Mouse Cartoon “The Gallopin Gaucho” is Released

December 31

  • 1969: The Disney Comedy “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes” is Released
  • 2013: Disney Legend Cicely Rigdon passed away