Today, we celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. There is a great deal of Disney history on November 26th.
Here are some of the events that occurred on this day in Disney history:
1937 – Pluto’s Quin-Puplets cartoon written by Earl Hurd and directed by Ben Sharpsteen is released.
1938 – Flora Disney, mother to Walt and Roy O. passed away at the age of 70 due to asphyxiation from a faulty furnace in her new Los Angeles, California home that her sons had built for her.
1943 – Disney’s Home Defense starring Donald Duck and written by Carl Barks and Jack Hannah is released. The short was directed by Jack King.
1946 – A member of Walt Disney’s “Nine Old Men,” Woolie Reithermanmarries Janie McMillan.
1959 – Disneyland’s Zorro Days takes place in Disneyland with parades and performances featuring the cast of the ABC television show. It was the fourth time the event was held at Disneyland and the first time in 1959.
1987 – The 50 millionth guest enters Tokyo Disneyland since its opening on April 15, 1983.
1992 – The new Santa Goofy balloon makes its debut In Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
1997 – A remake of the 1967 movie, the Absent Minded Professor, Disney’s Flubber starring Robin Williams and Marcia Gay Harden is released to theaters. The writers are Samuel W. Taylor and John Hughes and it was directed by Les Mayfield.
1998 – ABC TV televises Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving.
2003 – Disney’s Haunted Mansion movie starring Eddie Murphy and Marsha Thomason is release to theaters. It is written by David Bernenbaum and directed by Rob Minkoff.
2004 – The first seasonal performance of Disney World’s Candelight Processional takes place with narrator Rita Moreno.
2005 – Disney Legend, Irving Ludwig passes away at the age of 95. He began his Disney career managing the Fantasia road shows and later he would become president of Lake Buena Vista Distribution.
2006 –Epcot’s Wonders of Life Pavilion at Disney World is opened for the holiday season. In 2004 the pavilion began opening seasonally during busy times of the year. On January 1st 2007 the pavilion was closed and it has not reopened as the Wonders of Life since.
2008 – Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough opens its doors to guests for the first time since closing in October 2001.
2009 – Mickey Mouse returns to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with a new Cruiseship Mickey Balloon.
2010 – Disney Stores located in the U.S. open their doors at midnight with their version of Black Friday called a Magical Friday.
2010 – The first seasonal performance of Disney World’s Candelight Processional takes place with narrator Isabella Rossellini.
2014 – The Walt Disney Company and Turner Classic Movies (“TCM”) announce a new partnership in which Disney Hollywood Studios attraction, The Great Movie Ride is given a TCM update to the pre-show and the finale. In addition, TCM launched Treasures from the Disney Vault airing Disney feature films, documentaries, animated shorts, and Disney made for TV classics.
I hope you enjoyed this stroll through Disney history for November 26th. Most of all, I wish you, your family, and friends a very Happy Thanksgiving Day!
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