This Day in Disney History January 29
1959: Walt Disney Pictures releases Sleeping Beauty
The 16th Disney animated feature film, it was released to theaters on January 29, 1959, by Buena Vista Distribution. This was the last Disney adaptation of a fairy tale for some years because of its initial mixed critical reception and underperformance at the box office; the studio did not return to the genre until 30 years later, after Walt Disney died in 1966, with the release of The Little Mermaid (1989).
During its original release in 1959, Sleeping Beauty earned approximately $7.7 million in box office rentals. Sleeping Beauty’s production costs, which totaled $6 million, made it the most expensive Disney film up to that point, and over twice as expensive as each of the preceding three Disney animated features: Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and Lady and the Tramp.
2012: Kellie Nickerson Wins Inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon at the Disneyland Resort
From DisneyParks Blog:
Kellie Nickerson – complete with fairy wings and a green tutu – flew away from the field to win the inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon at the Disneyland Resort today. Nickerson traveled from Albuquerque, N.M., to capture her first win at a runDisney race with a finish time of 1:27:52, just ahead of Sharon Wilkinson of Winnetka, Calif., (1:28:18) and Stacy Schafer from Carlsbad, Calif. (1:28:54).
It’s the stuff dreams are made of – sprinkled with a whimsical dose of pixie dust! The Tinker Bell Half Marathon, hosted by Never Land’s very own pixie, Tinker Bell and Peter Pan, is 13.1 miles of amazing sights, sounds, and experiences. You can run, you can run, you can run! to “earn” your wings on this extraordinary adventure that takes you through Never Land and the spectacular Disneyland® Resort and continues along the historic and colorful streets of Anaheim.