This Day in Disney History: December 21
Welcome back to our continuing foray into the history of the Walt Disney Company. Today we are looking at the events on this day in Disney history- December 21.
December 21st was a massive day for Disney movies. We had the release of Disney’s first animated film, the debut of an iconic trio, and finally, the purchase of a massive intellectual property. Let’s dive into it.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Premiers (1937)
On this day in 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered at the Carthay Circle Theater in Los Angeles.
The first Disney feature-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was a triumph for Walt and his company.
On hand to watch the first American feature-length animated film, were stars Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Judy Garland, Carole Lombard and John Barrymore.
The Three Caballeros Premiers (1944)
On this day in 1944, The Three Caballeros had its world premiere in Mexico City.
The film was created as part of the United States’ Good Neighbor policy, and featured four animated shorts. The Three Caballeros– made up of Jose Carioca, Panchito Pistoles, and Donald Duck would go to become Disney mainstays.
The Swiss Family Robinson is Released (1960)
On this day in 1960, the Swiss Family Robinson was released.
Based on the book by Johann Wyss, the film tells the story of the Robinson family, who find themselves stranded on a deserted island.
Aladdin’s Royal Caravan Debuts (1992)
On this day in 1992, Aladdin’s Royal Caravan debuted at the Disney-MGM Studios.
The park’s newest parade was based on the Disney animated film Aladdin.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Reopens (2002)
On this day in 2002, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort finally reopened after a lengthy refurbishment.
During the renovation’s the resort’s hub, Old Port Royale Centertown was redone and the restaurant Shutters was constructed.
National Treasure: Book of Secrets Released (2007)
On this day in 2007, National Treasure: Book of Secrets was released.
A sequel to the 2004 film National Treasure, the new film saw stars Nicholas Cage, Jon Voight, Ed Harris and Diane Kruger return form the first film.
Disney Acquires Lucasfilm (2012)
Finally, on this day in 2012, Disney announced that it had completed its $4.06 billion dollar acquisition of Lucasfilm.
Disney is now the owner of Lucasfilm’s properties, including Star Wars and Indiana Jones.
Thus ends this day in Disney history- December 21. So, be sure to come back tomorrow as we continue our trip through Disney history!