Disney History 01 January

This Day in Disney History – January

January 1

  • 1938: Disney had its first presence in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California
  • 1959: Fantasyland Autopia opens at Disneyland
  • 1966: Walt Disney is the Grand Marshall of the Rose Parade

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January 2

  • 1980: The First ‘Pinocchio Parade’ Steps Off at Magic Kingdom Park
  • 2001: Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa welcomes its first guests

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January 3

  • 1965: Disneyland’s 10th Anniversary” TV special airs on “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color”

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January 8

  • 2004: Disneyland park welcomes its 500 millionth guest

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January 9

  • 1937: The Cartoon Short “Don Donald”, introducing Donna (later Daisy) Duck was released
  • 1976: Disneyana Shop opens on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park
  • 1987: With daily flights to Endor, Star Tours opens at Disneyland park
  • 2012: More than a dozen new songs are added to the Main Street, U.S.A., music score – the last refresh was in 1992.

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January 10

  • 1932: The first Silly Symphonies color comic page is published
  • 2008: Disney’s Broadway production of “The Little Mermaid” officially premieres in New York City

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January 11

  • 2017: Iron Man Experience, Disney Parks’ First Marvel-Themed Ride, Opens at Hong Kong Disneyland

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January 12

  • 2001: The Downtown Disney District officially opens at the Disneyland Resort
  • 2003: Ground is Broken on Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

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January 13

  • 1930: The first Mickey Mouse comic strip appeared in newspapers
  • 1934: The Cartoon Shorts “Shanghaied” and “The China Shop” were both released

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January 14

January 15

  • 1969: The Marina Tower officially opens at the Disneyland Hotel
  • 1975: Space Mountain opens at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

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January 16

January 17

  • 1996: Disney’s Vero Beach Resort celebrated its grand opening
  • 2003: Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular” officially debuts at Disney California Adventure park

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January 18

January 19

  • 1949: “So Dear to My Heart” is released to theaters

January 20

  • 1990: “The Little Mermaid” won the Golden Globe award for Best Original Score – Motion Picture and the hit song “Under the Sea” won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song
  • 2006: “High School Musical” debuts and Breaks Disney Channel Records
  • 2017: The beloved “Main Street Electrical Parade” returns to Disneyland for a limited time after a 20 year absence

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January 21

  • 1960: “Gala Day at Disneyland” debuts featuring new Matterhorn Bobsled, Submarine Voyage and Monorail attractions
  • 1996: The Pocahontas song “Colors of the Wind” won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song

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January 22

January 23

  • 1928: The Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon short Neck ‘n’ Neck was released in theaters
  • 1987: Mark V trains debut on the Disneyland Monorail System, the first system of its kind in America
  • 2006: Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! opens at Disney California Adventure park

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January 24

  • 1941: The cartoon short “Pluto’s Playmate” was released
  • 1993: Mickey’s Toontown opens at Disneyland park
  • 2007: The Seas with Nemo & Friends opened at Epcot
  • 2007: “Finding Nemo – The Musical” officially opened at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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January 25

  • 1961: One Hundred and One Dalmatians first appeared in theaters

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January 26

January 27

  • 1996: Toy Story Funhouse moved from Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood to Tomorrowland at Disneyland
  • 2013: Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke receives SAG’s (Screen Actors Guild) Lifetime Achievement Award

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January 28

January 29

  • 1959: Walt Disney Pictures releases Sleeping Beauty
  • 2012: Kellie Nickerson Wins Inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon at the Disneyland Resort

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January 30

  • 1988: IllumiNations debuts at EPCOT
  • 2012: Tickets go on sale for Newsies – A Disney Broadway production

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January 31