This Day in Disney History- January 20
Welcome back to our continuing journey through the history of the Walt Disney Company! Today we are looking at the events on this day in Disney history- January 20.
January 20th featured the release of a Disney Channel classic, the official end of Disney’s first water park, and also the debut of an Epcot restaurant! So, let’s get started!
Lion Around Released (1950)
On this day in 1950, the Donald Duck short Lion Around was released.
In the cartoon, Huey, Dewey, and Louie use a mountain lion costume to scare Donald away from his pie. Although they are found out, a real mountain lion then comes along!
Bejewelled Released (1991)
On this day in 1991, the Disney Channel original film Bejewelled was released.
When a family’s jewels are stolen on a trip to London, a museum guide and private investigator team up to recover them.
River Country Permanently Closed (2005)
On this day in 2005, Disney announced that River Country would be permanently closed.
Originally opening in 1976, Disney’s first water park had not operated since November 2001.
Expedition Everest’s Peak Installed (2006)
Also on this day in 2005, the peak of Expedition Everest was lowered into place. Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s newest E-Ticket attraction finally reached its height of nearly 200 ft. The attraction would open in 2006.
High School Musical Premieres (2006)
On this day in 2006, High School Musical premiered on the Disney Channel.
The film tells the story of high school basketball star Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) who falls for Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens). The couple then audition for the upcoming school musical, despite their other extracurricular obligations.
Spice Road Table Opens (2014)
On this day in 2014, Spice Road Table officially opened at Epcot.
Located on World Showcase Lagoon, the new restaurant offered authentic Mediterranean food and tapas.
Girl Meets World Finale Airs (2017)
Finally, on this day in 2017, the final episode of Girl Meets World aired on the Disney Channel.
A spin-off of the popular 90s show Boy Meets World, Girl Meets World introduced Cory and Topanga’s daughter Riley, and her best friend Maya. Almost all of the original Boy Meets World cast returned for the spin-off.
That’s all for this day in Disney history- January 20! So, be sure to come back tomorrow to see what happens next!
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