This Week in Disney History: April 10th-April 16th

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In this week’s edition of ‘This Week in Disney History’, we will explore some of the milestones from April 10th-April 16th that helped shape and form the Walt Disney Company as it exists today.

The Walt Disney World Monorail testing in 1971 as construction is continued on Disney's Contemporary Resort
The Walt Disney World Monorail testing in 1971 as construction is continued on Disney’s Contemporary Resort

This Week in Disney History: April 10th-April 19th


  • On April 10th, 1984, the famous Actress& Singer Mandy Moore was born in Nashua, New Hampshire. She is the voice behind Rapunzel in Tangled, Tangled Ever After, Tangled Before Ever After, and Tangled the Series. She was also the voice of Nita in Brother Bear 2.
  • On April 11th, 2006, Winnie the Pooh celebrated his 80th birthday as well as receiving the 2,308th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • On April 12th, 1992, the Disneyland Resort Paris, at that time was called the Euro Disney Resort, held its grand opening to guests. Only 50,000 guests were admitted into the park that day due to riots. Many of the French people felt that their culture was going to be damaged by the park.
  • On April 13th, 2015, the Boathouse at Disney Springs officially opened to the public. As of this year they are 2 years old.
  • On April 14th, 2008, one of Walt’s “Nine Old Men”, Ollie Johnston, passed away.
  • On April 15th, 1971, the construction of the WDW Monorail System was officially completed.
  • On April 16th, 2001, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge officially opened to the public.

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Ben Drummond

Ben lives in Central Florida with his family, has an annual pass to the parks, has been there over 200 times, loves anything and all things Disney related, and Mickey Mouse is his favorite Disney Character. He has recently just joined WDWNT in February and has a passion to proclaim/write the latest Disney news for the public. He has been an active Disney nerd since 2010.

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  • Very cool facts and love seeing the picture of the Contemporary under construction. Welcome to WDWNT, Ben! May your posts remain troll-free!

  • I second everything Tina said! This has become my favorite installment here. Excellent work as always, Ben!

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