Yeah They’re Pretty Great Moments in Disney History

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We’ve been in an introspective place lately, being that 2014 is firmly underway. As such, we spent a little time thinking about some of our favorites amongst the many many incredible Disney history moments that have led to where we are today. Enjoy:

 

The Walt Disney Company First Exists (October 16, 1923)
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The company recently celebrated its 90th anniversary.

 

The Disneys move to their new studio at 2719 Hyperion (January, 1926)Hyperion Studio
The name of the company is changed from “The Disney Brothers Studio” to “Walt Disney Studios”.

 

Steamboat Willie Premieres (November 18, 1928)
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Disney releases its first full color cartoon, Flowers and Trees (July 30, 1932)Flowers and Trees, 1932
The film marks another first for Disney: it wins an Academy Award.

 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Premieres in Theaters (December 22,1937)
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She really was the fairest of them all.

 

Disney releases its first completely live-action film, Treasure Island (July 19, 1950)
Treasure Island
To this day, pirates remain one of the most popular subjects for Disney live-action films.
The Mickey Mouse Club First Airs on Television (October 3, 1955)

M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E!

 

Opening Day at Disneyland (July 17, 1955)
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We’re rather partial to the Happiest Place on Earth. But with a promise like that, how could we not be?

 

First use of Audio-Animatronics, in Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room (June 23, 1963)
Tiki Room-inations_Walt and Tikis

 

World’s Fair Premiere of it’s a small world The Ride (April 22, 1964)
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That means almost 50 years of the Sherman Brothers-penned theme song.

 

Opening Day at Walt Disney World (October 1, 1971)
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Opening Day at EPCOT (October 1, 1982)
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Opening of Tokyo Disney Resort (April 15, 1983)
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The Disney Channel Begins Broadcasting (April 18, 1983)
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First Disney Store Opens (March 28, 1987)
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Opening of Disneyland Paris (April 12, 1992)
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Disney Interactive Is Formed (December 5, 1994)
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The Lion King – The Musical First Appears on Broadway (November 13, 1997)
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Opening of Disney’s Animal Kingdom (April 22, 1998)
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Disney Cruise Line’s Magic Sets Sail (July 30, 1998)
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Opening of Disney’s California Adventure (February 8, 2001)
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Opening of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (September 12, 2005)
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Pixar Animation Studios Officially Joins the Disney Family (May 5, 2006)
Pixar-Luxo

 

Marvel Officially Joins the Disney Family (December 31, 2009)
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Ground Breaks at Shanghai Disneyland (April 8, 2011)
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Lucasfilm Officially Joins the Disney Family (December 21, 2012)
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Saving Mr. Banks holds its world premiere at the London Film Festival (October 20, 2013)Winter_Saving Mr. Banks
The film marks the first on-screen portrayal of Walt Disney in any Disney film.

 

Those are some of our favorites, which one is yours?

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