July 5, 1988 — Maelstrom opens at the Norway pavilion at Epcot.
Set sail for adventure on a dragon-headed Viking ship, through the fjords and misty rivers where trolls from folklore lurk along the waterside. A voyage on Maelstrom may lead you to peril and adventure, with polar bear encounters and a plunge over a waterfall into the North Sea. But the spirit of Norway is also one of beauty and charm, with a history and culture shaped by trade and travel on the sea. At the conclusion of this high-seas adventure, travelers can view “Norway – The Film,” an enchanting film about the Scandinavian country of today.
July 4, 1984 — “American Journeys” debuts at Disneyland Park
From Glacier Bay, Ala. to Waikiki Beach in Hawaii, Disneyland Guests explored America the Beautiful without leaving Tomorrowland. This CircleVision 360 film used nine screens, each 28 feet tall, to present a cinematic celebration of the United States. The film featured the first underwater scenes shot in CircleVision, and breathtaking sights of Monument Valley, Mount St. Helens, and a triumphant fireworks finale at the Statue of Liberty. Premiering on July 4, “American Journeys” was a patriotic pageant of the diverse landscape and natural wonder found in the United States. Although “American Journeys” closed in 1996, CircleVision 360 films are still delighting Guests in the Canada and China pavilions at Epcot.
1956 — Indian War Canoes (now Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes) open at Disneyland Park
1975 — Walt Disney Pictures releases “The Apple Dumpling Gang”
1987 — Big Thunder Mountain opens at Tokyo Disneyland Park
1996 — The Disney-designed town of Celebration, Fla. officially opens
2001 — Disney’s Electrical Parade debuts at Disney California Adventure Park
2009 — The Hall of Presidents reopens at Magic Kingdom Park, featuring a new Audio-Animatronic figure of President Barack Obama
2009— “Diana – The People’s Princess,” an exhibit of royal artifacts showcasing the life and story of Princess Diana, opens at Downtown Disney West Side.
1991 — The Rocketeer begins making flights during the “Sorcery in the Sky” show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
1925 — Walt and Roy O. Disney make a $400 deposit on a lot at Hyperion Avenue to build a new animation studio
1994 — Groundbreaking held for the Disney Institute at the Walt Disney World Resort
1994 — The original run of “Captain EO” closes at Epcot
1931 — The animated short “Mickey Steps Out” debuts
1963 — Walt Disney Pictures releases “Summer Magic”
2006 — Walt Disney Pictures’ “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” opens in theatres
2006 — Pirates of the Caribbean reopens at Magic Kingdom Park with Captain Jack Sparrow and Barbossa characters added to the attraction
1938 — The Donald Duck cartoon short “Good Scouts” debuts
1956 — The Donald Duck cartoon short “How to Have an Accident in the Home” debuts
1985 — Michael Eisner and Florida Governor Bob Graham announce plans for the Disney-MGM Studios (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios)
1994 — “Legend of the Lion King” opens at Magic Kingdom Park
1996 — The CircleVision 360 film “American Journeys” closes at Disneyland Park
1997 — “The Lion King” stage production debuts at Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis
1932 — The Silly Symphony short “The Bears and the Bees” debuts
1982 — Walt Disney Pictures releases “Tron”
1981 — Walt Disney Pictures releases “The Fox and the Hound”
1987 — Walt Disney Pictures releases “The Brave Little Toaster”