The Magic of Disney
Discover Disney and how it all began.
October 16, 1923
The Start of the Disney, as The Disney Brothers Studio- Walt Disney signed a contract with M. J. Winkler
November 18, 1928
Steamboat Willie was released at the Colony Theatre in New York -- this marked the first released Mickey Mouse cartoon, and the first appearance by Minnie Mouse.
July 30, 1932
Flowers and Trees, first full-color cartoon and first Academy Award winner, was released.
February 23, 1935
The Band Concert, the first Mickey Mouse cartoon in color, was released.
December 21, 1937
Snow White and The Seven DwarfsDisney's first feature-length animated film, premiered at the Carthay Circle Theatre in Hollywood.
February 7, 1940
Pinocchio was released.
April 2, 1940
Disney issued its first stock.
November 13, 1940
Fantasia was released, soon to be a classic Disney film.
October 23, 1941
Dumbo was released.
August 13, 1942
Bambi was released.
October 1, 1949
Walt Disney Music Company was started.
February 5, 1953
Peter Pan was released.
October 27, 1954
The television show called Disneyland aired for ABC.
July 17, 1955
Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California, being Disney's first theme park.
October 3, 1955
The Mickey Mouse Club debuted on television.
August 29, 1964
Mary Poppins was released.
December 15, 1966
Walt Disney died at age 65.
October 1, 1971
Walt Disney World Resort opened, with the Magic Kingdom, in Orlando, Florida.
December 20, 1971
Walt Disney's younger brother and successor, Roy O. Disney, died.
April 15, 1983
Tokyo Disneyland opened in Japan.
March 28, 1987
The first Disney Store opened in Glendale, California.
April 12, 1992
Euro Disneyland opened. this was later renamed Disneyland Paris.
April 18, 1994
Beauty and the Beast opened as Disney's first Broadway show in New York.
March 16, 2002
Walt Disney Studios opened in France.
September 12, 2005
Hong Kong Disneyland opened.
March 14, 2006
High School Musical became the first full-length movie to be sold by the Apple iTunes digital download
August 29, 2011
Disney opened a Resort and Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii.
December 31, 2009
Disney bought Marvel Entertainment.
May 5, 2006
Disney bought Pixar Animation Studios.
May 29, 2013
Disney set release dates for eight animated films through 2018.
December 21, 2012
The Walt Disney Company bought Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC.