Disney in 1951 | Everything that Happened

Last Updated on: March 1st, 2023

Disney in 1951 | Everything that HappenedThe Walt Disney Company has a rich and lengthy history with decades of amazing movies, shows and park experiences. To commemorate Disney’s 100th birthday this year, I am spotlighting the company’s history year by year in this new ‘Disney by the Years’ series.

Here is a quick rundown of everything that happened in the world of Disney in the year 1951. I hope you find this lookback in time helpful and entertaining.

Disney Movies Headlines in 1951:

In 1951, Disney only released one feature film, but it was a big one. In July, the company released Alice in Wonderland. The animated movie was initially considered a failure, but has since become a classic and has enjoyed more success in re-issues and physical media than it did originally at the box office.

Also in 1951, Disney won an Oscar for the short “In Beaver Valley.”

Disney Television Headlines in 1951:

While Disney was still a few years away from taking over Sunday nights for decades to come, Walt did test the TV waters in 1951 with a Christmas special. On December 25th, “The Walt Disney Christmas Show” aired on CBS television stations.

That’s all for 1951. Stay tuned for in-depth looks at additional years in the very near future!

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Craig Smith
I am founder and editor of DisneyNews.us. My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other sites include DMR and VideoGamesStats.com.