Every Disney Thing That Happened in 1998

We know what’s to come in Disney’s future, but right now it’s time to talk about Disney’s past! After a bit of research, we have come to the conclusion that 1998 was a pretty magical year for the Walt Disney Company! Let’s reminisce.

  1. Mulan was released!

    On June 19, 1998, we all took a closer look at our reflections and cheered on one of the fiercest Disney Princesses ever.

  2. A Bug’s Life was released.

    November 25, 1998: the date we all stopped stepping on grass forever.

  3. Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened at Walt Disney World Resort.

    Disney’s Animal Kingdom continues to contribute to the earth today through its longstanding nature and animal conservation efforts. It also brings us magic on a regular basis through new additions to the park like Rivers of Light and Pandora – The World of Avatar.

  4. In 1998, a lot of people were inducted into the Disney Legends program.

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    Including Mary Poppins actor Dick Van Dyke, The Parent Trap’s Hayley Mills, actor Kurt Russell, and composer Buddy Baker!

    Other 1998 inductees were: Cyril James, Don Escen, Masatomo Takahashi, Lloyd Richardson, Virginia Davis, Bill Tytla, Wilfred Jackson, Kathryn Beaumont, Ben Sharpsteen, James Algar, Kay Kamen, Matsuo Yokoyama, Al and Elma Milotte, Glynis Johns, Paul Kenworthy, Larry Lansburgh, and Norman “Stormy” Palmer. That’s a whole lot of legends!

  5. Walt Disney World Resort welcomed guest number 600,000,000.

  6. Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic went on its inaugural cruise.

  7. ESPN Magazine debuted.

  8. The following Disney Channel Original Movies premiered: You Lucky Dog, Brink!, and Halloweentown.

  9. The Parent Trap was released.


    Hallie and Annie forever.

    Other movies released that year? Air Bud: Golden Receiver, Mighty Joe Young, Meet the Deedles, and I’ll Be Home for Christmas (starring the one and only Jonathan Taylor Thomas!).

  10. The Lion King on Broadway won Best Musical at the 52nd annual Tony Awards.

    And Julie Taymor took home the awards for both Best Director and Best Costume Design! Iconic. The show also won for Best Choreography, Best Scenic Design, and Best Lighting Design. The Lion King is currently celebrating its 20th year on Broadway.

  11. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin opened at Walt Disney World Resort.

    And revolutionized the way we saw interactive games forever.

  12. Bug Juice, Off the Wall, and The Famous Jett Jackson premiered on Disney Channel.

    Did you know that Bug Juice is coming back? We cannot wait.

We are seriously so amazed that this much happened in 1998. Was there anything we missed? Let us know in the comments!

Posted 4 years Ago
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