Disney History 07 July

This Day in Disney History – July

July 1

  • 1933: The Mickey Mouse Cartoon Short “Mickey’s Gala Premier” was released
  • 1966: Welcome to the world of dinosaurs! – Primeval World opens at Disneyland park
  • 1975: The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, originally the WEDWay PeopleMover opened
  • 1994: The “Lion King Celebration” parade debuts at Disneyland park
  • 1996: Disney’s BoardWalk Resort opens at Walt Disney World
  • 2011: Goofy’s Sky School (formerly Mulholland Madness) opens at Disney’s California Adventure

July 2

  • 1956: Waterfalls and colored pools beckon as Rainbow Caverns Mine Train debuts at Disneyland park
  • 1967: Carousel of Progress, Peoplemover, Rocket Jets and Tomorrowland Terrace open at Disneyland park
  • 1986: THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE, formerly “Basil of Baker Street” is Released

July 3

  • 1985: Tinker Bell takes her first flight at Walt Disney World
  • 2008: The Mark VII Monorail Red begins transporting guests at the Disneyland Resort

July 4

  • 1984: “American Journeys” (Circle-Vision 360 film) debuts at Disneyland park
  • 2001: Disney’s Electrical Parade made its debut at Disney California Adventure park

July 5

July 6

  • 1925: Walt & Roy O. Disney make a $400 deposit on lot at Hyperion Avenue to build new animation studio
  • 1938: Actress Luana Patten was born
  • 1951: Pirates of the Caribbean/Captain Hector Barbossa Actor, Geoffrey Rush is Born

July 7

  • 2006: Walt Disney Pictures’ “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” opens in theatres

July 8

  • 2009: John Lasseter leads the groundbreaking on the future site of Cars Land

July 9

  • 1982: Walt Disney Pictures releases “Tron”
  • 1999: Tarzan Rocks! premiers at Walt Disney World
  • 2003: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl is released to Theaters
  • 2014: ‘Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!’ Debuts at Disneyland Park

July 10

  • 1981: The Fox and the Hound is Released

July 11

  • 1947: The Donald Duck Cartoon Short “Donald’s Dilemma” is released
  • 1987: The Disney Gallery debuts at Disneyland park

July 12

  • 1967: Using technology developed for ’64 World’s Fair, the WEDWay PeopleMover opens at Disneyland park

July 13

  • 1925: Walt Disney and Lillian Bounds are married in Lewiston, Idaho
  • 1955: Walt & Lillian celebrate their 30th anniversary aboard the Mark Twain and at the Golden Horseshoe at Disneyland park
  • 2010: The Major League Baseball All-Star Game Parade passes through Disneyland Park en route to Angel Stadium

July 14

  • 1934: “The Flying Mouse” is Released
  • 1975: Plans for Epcot are announced
  • 1978: The American Egg House restaurant opens at Disneyland park
  • 1981: The First Edition of Walt Disneys World of Ice Premieres

July 15

  • 1994: “Angels in the Outfield” is Released
  • 1995: Disney’s Wedding Pavilion opened at Walt Disney World Resort
  • 2005: “Turtle Talk with Crush” opens at Disney California Adventure park
  • 2005: Space Mountain reopens at Disneyland park with rebuilt track & new special effects
  • 2011: Disney Animation’s 51st feature “Winnie The Pooh” is released
  • 2011: The Cartoon Short “The Ballad of Nessie” is released

July 16

  • 1955: The Golden Horseshoe (a revue show in Frontierland), makes its debut a day before the park opens for a private party.
  • 1993: Walt Disney Pictures “Hocus Pocus” opens in theaters

July 17

  • 1955: Disneyland, the first Disney park, opened in Anaheim, California, to an invited audience for an international media preview (now considered opening day).
  • 1955: The Mickey Mouse Club made its television debut
  • 1955: “Dateline Disneyland” Airs
  • 1965: Disneyland presents the “Tencennial Re-Dedication Day,” featuring the “Disneyland Tencennial Celebration Parade”
  • 1970: Approximately 130 members of the original Disneyland staff, known as Club 55, are brought together for a special celebration
  • 1975: For its 20th anniversary, the park welcomed back Christine Vess Watkins and her cousin, Michael Schwartner, who, at ages five and seven, had been the first official guests to enter the gates on July 17, 1955
  • 1980: Disneyland stays open for a 25-hour party from midnight on July 17 until 1 am July 18
  • 1989: Splash Mountain (the most elaborate flume attraction in the world at the time) opens in Critter Country at Disneyland park taking guests on a musical journey with Bre’r Rabbit
  • 1992: Magic Kingdom Park in Florida unveiled a major attraction that forever changed the landscape of Frontierland – the 86-foot-tall Splash Mountain
  • 1995: A Time Capsule (or “Time Castle”) was buried in the forecourt of Sleeping Beauty Castle in a ceremony presided over by Roy E. Disney and then-CEO Michael Eisner. The time capsule is to be opened on July 17, 2035
  • 1996: The Walt Disney Co. announces plans to open Disney’s California Adventure park. Construction started in 1998 and opened in 2001
  • 2009: Imagineer and Disney Legend Marty Sklar retires after 54 years of service. Sklar was there for the opening of all 11 of Disney’s theme parks, including Disneyland
  • 2014: ‘Chief Executive’ Magazine Names Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger ‘2014 CEO of the Year’

July 18

  • 1913: Marvin Miller, the narrator of SLEEPING BEAUTY, was born
  • 1960: Disneyland celebrates its fifth birthday with a 5 foot tall birthday cake
  • 1965: “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” opens at Disneyland park. Mrs. Lillian Disney joins her husband Walt for the dedication
  • 1967: More than 1,500 celebrities and invited guests attend the dedication of an all-new Tomorrowland, revamped at a cost of $23 million. The new land adds six new attractions to the park

July 19

  • 1940: The Donald Duck Cartoon Short “Put-Put Troubles,” was released through R-K-O Pictures
  • 1950: Treasure Island, Disney’s first completely live-action feature, is released
  • 1950: The True-Life Adventure “Beaver Valley” is released

July 20

  • 1951: The Donald Duck Cartoon Short “Lucky Number” is Released
  • 1969: Disney Broadcasts Apollo 11 Moon Landing in Tomorrowland at Disneyland
  • 1985: Walt Disney World hosted its 200 millionth guest

July 21

  • 1939: The Oscar-nominated Cartoon “The Pointer” was released through R-K-O Radio Pictures
  • 1950: The Pluto Cartoon Short “Pests of the West” is Released
  • 1954: Disneyland Construction Begins

July 22

  • 1955: Candy Palace opened at Disneyland park
  • 1955: Rocket to the Moon opens in Tomorrowland at Disneyland
  • 1994: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida

July 23

  • 1953: “The Sword and the Rose” Premieres
  • 1956: Junior Autopia opens at Disneyland park

July 24

  • 1966: New Orleans Square is dedicated at Disneyland
  • 1985: Disney Animation’s 25th feature, THE BLACK CAULDRON was released
  • 2000: Mickey & Friends Parking Structure opens as the largest parking structure in the world at the time

July 25

  • 1936: “Alpine Climbers,” the 86th Mickey Mouse short, was released through United Artists Pictures
  • 2013: Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort opened

July 26

  • 1951: “Alice in Wonderland” made its world premiere at London’s Leicester Square Theatre in England
  • 1999: Goofy’s Kitchen reopens in a new location at the Disneyland Hotel

July 27

July 28

  • 1951: Walt Disney Pictures “Alice in Wonderland” opens in theaters across the country
  • 1994: Disney breaks ground at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort in Florida

July 29

  • 1999: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith officially opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

July 30

  • 1932: “Flowers and Trees”, first full-color cartoon and first Academy Award winner, is released
  • 1993: Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril opens at Disneyland Paris

July 31

  • 1955: Casey Jr. Circus Train opens at Disneyland park
  • 1960: Sunkist Citrus House opens at Disneyland park
  • 1995: Disney agrees to purchase Capital Cities/ABC (which included ESPN) for $19 billion