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March 6

March 6, 2011 – Mars Needs Moms Has Red Carpet Premiere at El Capitan Theater

On March 6, 2011, the Walt Disney Pictures 3D motion-capture film Mars Needs Moms had its red carpet premiere at the Disney-owned El Capitan Theater. The premiere was attended by the stars of film, including Seth Green and Joan Cusack; also in attendance was Berkeley Breathed, the author of the book upon which the movie was based; Disney Channel stars Mitchel Musso, Jake T. Austin, and Adam Irigoyen; and producer Robert Zemeckis, among others. The film was generally released five days later.


December 10

December 10, 2016 – The Star Wars Film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Premieres

“The force is strong with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” according to early reactions from the film’s premiere Saturday night in Los Angeles.” – The Daily News

On December 10, 2016, the first standalone film in the Star Wars franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, had its red carpet premiere at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California. The film’s premiere took place six days before its wide release across the United States. Cast and crew form the film were on hand for the premiere, along with celebrity fans of the Star Wars franchise such as writer/director Kevin Smith, actor Terry Crews, and C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels.

November 13

November 13, 1940 – Fantasia Has World Premiere at the Broadway Theater

Fantasia was not simply a film or a concert. Instead, it was a hybrid, a selection of great orchestral works conducted by Leopold Stokowski, played by the Philadelphia Orchestra and illustrated by Walt Disney.”

On November 13, 1940, the animated feature film Fantasia had its world premiere at the Broadway Theater in New York City. This premiere was substantial in showing the evolution of Disney animation, as the film premiered twelve years after the official debut of the first Mickey Mouse short film, Steamboat Willie. This premiere was part of a roadshow held to promote the film, along with an exclusive sound system called Fantasound. Proceeds from the opening night went toward the British War Relief Society, as England was then embroiled in World War II. There was great demand from viewers to see the film, and the film would eventually run at the Broadway for forty-nine weeks.


August 24

August 24, 1942 – Saludos Amigos Has Premiere in Rio de Janeiro

“Saludos amigos, a fond greeting to you!”

On August 24, 1942, the sixth animated feature film, and the first package film by the Walt Disney Studios, Saludos Amigos, premiered in Rio de Janeiro. The film was an output of a goodwill ambassador tour Walt and his animators took of various Latin American countries. The countries featured in Saludos Amigos are Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Brazil, and includes a new main character in José  Carioca, a Brazilian parrot. The premiere featured a Portuguese version of the film, with the name of the film changed to Alo Amigos. The film was very popular in Latin America, and opened in the United States six months later.




May 9

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May 9, 2015 – The World Premiere for Tomorrowland is Held in Disneyland

“Are you excited to come in and see the movie?”

On May 9, 2015, a special world premiere for the new live-action feature film Tomorrowland was held in Disneyland in Anaheim, California. The “blue carpet” premiere featured a variety of stars, including actor and star of the film George Clooney, director Brad Bird, and Disney Legend Richard Sherman. A special afterparty was held in the Tomorrowland section of the park after the film premiere, attended by several of the stars and Disney CEO Bob Iger. The film was generally released to audiences on May 22.


February 9

February 9, 2003 – The Jungle Book 2 Premieres at the El Capitan Theatre


On February 9, 2003, the animated film The Jungle Book 2 had a special premiere at the El Capitan Theatre, the Disney-owned theatre that hosts premieres of Walt Disney Studios films. The film would go on to be released across the country on February 14, 2003. It was the third animated sequel to be released theatrically, following 1990’s The Rescuers Down Under and 2002’s Return to Neverland; like the latter, however, it is not considered a Disney Animated Feature Film. The premiere featured voice actors Haley Joel Osment, John Goodman, Mae Whitman, and Connor Funk, as well as director Steve Trenbirth, producers Chris Chase and Mary Thorne, and a myriad of celebrities, including Melanie Griffith and Marilu Henner.


November 11

November 11, 1946 – Walt Disney Appears in Armistice Day Parade in Georgia

“Out of the past of every nation has come its folklore: simple tales handed down from generation to generation and made immortal by such names as Aesop, the brothers Grimm, and Hans Christian Anderson.”

On November 11, 1946, an Armistice Day parade was held in Atlanta, Georgia; Walt Disney made a special appearance in the parade, as he was there to promote his upcoming film Song of the South, which was to premiere the next day. Disney had worked extensively with the family of author Joel Chandler Harris, original author of the Uncle Remus Stories, since he acquired the rights in 1939, and had visited Atlanta often to get a feel for the area where the stories were set. The parade featured several floats and bands, as well as representations of the characters from the upcoming film.