Major Disney Acquisitions Over Time | Walt Disney Company History

Here is a quick rundown of the major Disney acquisitions over the years with dates and dollar amounts. As always, I will be updating and adding to this post as new developments occur.

For decades, Disney kept their operations very close to the vest. While they operated across a number of channels, spanning all realms of entertainment, the Disney family steered pretty clear of major acquisitions, opting to grow organically and rely on their abundance of creativity.

disney acquisitionsThis independence and reliance within came to a screeching halt in the 2000’s as Bob Iger took helm of Disney and began to steer the company in the direction of a number of other media giants, strategically filling in the gaps in their offerings with monsterous Disney acquisitions.

Disney Acquisitions

  • Miramax – 1993; $60 million
  • Capital Cities/ABC/ESPN – 1995; $19 billion
  • Starwave – 1998; undisclosed
  • Infoseek – 1999; undisclosed
  • Fox Family Worldwide (Freeform) – 2001; $2.9 billion
  • Baby Einstein – 2001; undisclosed (Sold to Kids II, Inc in 2013)
  • The Muppets (and Bear in the Big Blue House) – 2004; $75 million
  • CrossGen – 2004; $1 million
  • Avalanche Software – 2005; undisclosed
  • Pixar – 2006; $7.4 billion
  • Oswald the Lucky Rabbit – 2006; traded for the rights to sports broadcaster Al Michaels
  • Junction Point Studios – 2007; undisclosed
  • Marvel – 2009; $4 billion (Saban Entertainment also joined Disney at this time)
  • Hulu – 2009; 30% purchase (to increase to 60% once Fox merger is completed)
  • Wideload Games – 2010; undisclosed
  • Tapulous – 2010; undisclosed
  • Playdom – 2010; $563 million
  • UTV Software Communications – 2011; $297 million
  • Lucasfilm (Star Wars) – 2012; $4.06 billion
  • Maker Studios – 2014; $500 million
  • Sphero – 2014; unknown minority investment
  • BAM – 2016 & 2017; $2.58 billion total
  • 21st Century Fox2018; $71.3 billion
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