Disney History

For more than nine decades, the name Walt Disney has been preeminent in the field of family entertainment. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to today's global corporation, The Walt Disney Company continues to proudly provide quality entertainment for every member of the family, across America and around the world. To learn more about the history of The Walt Disney Company, click through the timeline below.
Treasure Island
July 19, 1950

Treasure Island, Disney's first completely live-action feature, is released.

Peter Pan
February 5, 1953

Peter Pan, based on characters created by Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie, is released.

Disneyland TV Show
October 27, 1954

Emmy Award-winning Disneyland television show airs on ABC, starring Walt Disney.

Disneyland
July 17, 1955

Disneyland, the first Disney park, opened in Anaheim, California, to an invited audience on this day. The first guests were Kristine Vess and her cousin Michael Schwartner, ages 5 and 7.

Mickey Mouse Club
October 3, 1955

Mickey Mouse Club debuts on television.