2003 – For the first time in their history, Disney runs television ads for a single attraction. Mission: SPACE takes the spotlight in preparation for an August 15 launch
1966 – New Orleans Square is the first themed land to open at Disneyland since it’s dedication in 1955. At a cost of $18 million dollars, the ‘square’ would feature no attractions until the following year.
1985 – The Black Caldron opens in theaters. It is the first Disney animated feature to earn a PG rating, and the first to use 3-D graphics.
1959 – Engine Number 4 or the Earnest S. Marsh takes its first trip around Disneyland. The locomotive is named after the president of the Sante Fe Railroad.
1998 – The Coral Island Cafe closes at the Polynesian Resort in Walt Disney World. It will reopen as Kona Cafe
2003 – The Disney Institute Resort closed its doors after 7 years of operation. Michael Eisner’s dream-project will be re-developed into Saratoga Springs.
2011 – Jennings Osborne, the creator of Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights passes away at 67
1951 – Alice in Wonderland is released in theaters. It is Disney’s 13th animated feature.
1998 – The Magic, Disney’s first cruise ship is christened by Patricia Disney – the wife of Roy E. Disney.
1922 – The first Laugh-O-Gram cartoon is released. Little Red Riding Hood is written, produced, and directed by Walt Disney
1999 – The Rock N’ Roller Coaster is dedicated at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Members of the legendary band Aerosmith ride beside guests during the event which features photo-ops and all-you-can-eat buffet.