Walt signs a contract with MJ Winkler to produce series of Alice comedies.
Widely considered to be the beginning of Walt Disney Company.
Walt Disney Company
Release of the first cartoon Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Trolley Troubles
Disney releases its first ever cartoon, which was in black and white, featuring a character called 'Oswald the Lucky Rabbit'. After losing the rights to Universal soon after, Disney reacquired this classic cartoon in recent years.
Steamboat Willie releases at Colony Theatre, New York
Very first Mickey Mouse cartoon, with first appearance of Minnie Mouse. Other characters regarded as classics such as Goofy or Donald Duck have yet to make an appearance.
Mickey Mouse comic strips debuts
The beginnings of Mickey Mouse's appearance in comic books.
Flowers and Trees is released
It was the first full-colour cartoon and the 5th Academy Awards winner under the category ‘Short Subject (cartoon)’.
The Band Concert is released
The Band Concert, Mickey Mouse’s first full-colour cartoon is released
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is released
It was Disney’s first feature-length animated movie, and it premiered at the Carthay Circle Theatre.
Walt Disney Company issues its first ever stock
The Walt Disney Music Company is formed
The beginning of a company which is popular and big even today.
The world’s first ‘Disneyland’ opens
Here is the start of the gigantic chain of Disneylands around the world.The world’s first ‘Disneyland’, a Disney theme park opened in Anaheim, California to an invited audience.
The Mickey Mouse Club debuts on the TV
Even today, the Mickey Mouse Club remains one of the most sought after and popular TV shows, globally. Speaking from personal experience, it is a highly entertaining and successful show.
Walt Disney dies at the age of 65
After a battle with lung cancer, he succumbed to the disease on this day. He was a visionary whose pioneering spirit and creativity, as well as persistence made the impossible possible, turning dreams into reality.
Walt Disney World Resort opens
The Walt Disney World Resort officially opens near Orlando, Florida with the Magic Kingdom and 2 hotels.
Walt Disney World Village opens
It is a large outdoor mall featuring specialty shops all built by Disney designers, which later became the Disney Village Marketplace.
Tokyo Disneyland opens in Japan
Tokyo Disneyland is the first international Disneyland to open.
First Disney store opens
The first Disney store opens in Glendale, California.
First ‘Disney Dollars’ sold at Disneyland
Walt Disney Comany Achievement!
Walt Disney Company joins the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
Disney Interactive is formed
It was a division first intended to develop, market and distribute cartridge games and CD-ROM software.
Disney Online is formed
It is a division of Disney Interactive created to develop the Walt Disney Company online presence.
Adventures by Disney takes off
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts begins Adventures by Disney.
Hong Kong Disneyland opens
Hong Kong Disneyland officially opens.
First to license TV episodes for download on iTunes
Disney is first to license TV episodes (from both ABC and Disney Channel series) for download on Apple’s iTunes (music) store.
First full-length movie
High School Musical becomes first full-length movie sold via digital download on the iTunes Music Store, then theatrical features in September.
Disneynature label lanches
Disneynature label launches, along with the release of 'Earth'.
Disney Dream's maiden journey
The Disney Dream boat makes its first journey.
Disney Junior launches
Disney Junior, a ‘stand-alone’ 24 hour television network launches.