Disney in 1959 | Everything that Happened

Last Updated on: February 18th, 2024

Disney 1959 Movies ShowsThe 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 1959. I hope you find this lookback in time helpful and entertaining.

Disney 1959 Movies Headlines:

In 1959, Disney released several movies, including:

As was custom at this time, Disney also re-released a number of classic movies to theaters in 1959:

Disney won three Oscars in 1959- two for the shorts Grand Canyon and Ama Girls and one for the documentary White Wilderness.

Overall, the year saw a decent output of movies quantity-wise, but the quality is through the roof with a few of the company’s most beloved animated and live-action feature films making their debut in the year.

Disney 1959 Parks Headlines:

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Disneyland was 4 years old in 1959 and saw its first decent-sized overhaul during the year. A number of iconic attractions made their debut in 1959 including the Matterhorn Bobsleds, the Disneyland Monorail and the Submarine Voyage.

Other notable changes at Disneyland include:

Disney 1959 Television Headlines:

In 1959, Walt Disney Presents was in its second year of production and was going strong every Sunday night on ABC. A notable episode was the January 30th show titled The Peter Tchaikovsky Story which was the first stereophonic broadcast of a television program in history.

In June, the company aired a live television special titled Disneyland ’59 to show off the various new attractions at the park.

Also on TV in 1959 were the live action drama Zorro and the Mickey Mouse Club which would both be canceled this year.

That’s all for 1959. Stay tuned for in-depth looks at additional years in the very near future!

About the Author

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.