- Disney buys New York-based animation studio, Jumbo Pictures. The company would produce three shows for Disney.
- Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere leave Nickelodeon to pitch Recess to Walt Disney Television. The show would premiere a year later.
- February 2 - Gerry Laybourne, former president of Nickelodeon, is hired as the new president of the newly founded Disney/ABC Television Networks.
- March 21 - Disneyland unveils it's plans to renovate Tomorrowland. The project would be completed in 1998.
- March 23 - Disney and McDonald's sign a 10-year national promotion alliance, set to begin January 1997.
- February 16 - Muppet Treasure Island is released to positive reviews.
- March 8 - Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco
- March 29 - Oliver & Company (re-issue)
- April 12 - James and the Giant Peach
- June 21 - The Hunchback of Notre Dame is released to positive reviews.
- August 30 - First Kid
- October 4 - D3: The Mighty Ducks is released to negative reviews.
- November 25 - 101 Dalmatians (live-action) is released to mixed reviews and becomes a box office hit.
- January 2 - World of Motion closes at Epcot.
- January 21 - Universe of Energy closes at Epcot.
- January 27 - Toy Story Funhouse opens in Disneyland.
- April 15 - Toontown opens at Tokyo Disneyland
- September 1 - Captain EO at Tokyo Disneyland closes.
- September 6 - Night of Joy 1996 begins at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
- September 15 - Ellen's Energy Adventure opens at Epcot
- September 21 - IllumiNations 25 opens at Epcot
- September 28 - Walt Disney World's Grand Prix Speedway is renamed Tomorrowland Speedway.
- October 1 - Walt Disney World celebrates its 25th anniversary. Also, Mickey's Starland is renamed Mickey's Toontown Fair
- March 8 - Muppets Tonight premieres on ABC
- September 3 - Quack Pack premieres in syndication
- September 5 - Brand Spanking New Doug (formerly on Nickelodeon), Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series, and Jungle Cubs premiere on ABC.
- Unknown - The Disney Channel Premiere Film, Susie Q, premieres on Disney Channel.
- April 11 - Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow for Super NES
- September - Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow for PC
- November - Pinocchio (video game) for Super NES
- January 9 - Sweetheart Stories
- January 30 - A King in Kid Arthur's Court, The Big Green
- January 31 - Three Little Pigs
- February 20 - Heavyweights
- February 28 - Pocahontas
- March 27 - The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- April 24 - The Sword in the Stone (re-issue), The Aristocats
- May 1 - Tom and Huck
- June 25 - Disney Sing-Along Songs: Topsy Turvy, Let's go to the Circus!, Campout at Walt Disney World and Beach Party at Walt Disney World
- July 31 - Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco
- September 10 - Muppet Treasure Island
- September 25 - Oliver & Company
- October 15 - James and the Giant Peach
- October 29 - Toy Story
- November 28 - Disney Sing-Along Songs: Pongo and Perdita
- December 24 - Mickey's Christmas Carol
- August 13 - Aladdin and the King of Thieves
- March 5 - Oliver & Company (re-release; some songs rearranged)
- March 26 - Songs from the AristoCats and Bibbidi Bobbidi Bach
- February 9 - Jimmy Bennett (voice actor); Kelli Berglund (actress and dancer)
- April 14 - Abigail Breslin (actress)
- April 25 - Allisyn Ashley Arm (actress)
- May 15 - Birdy (singer)
- August 1 - Cymphonique Miller (actress and singer)
- September 1 - Zendaya (actress and singer)
- October 5 - Mary Gibbs (voice actress)
- December 6 - Stefanie Scott (teen actress and singer)
- February 2 - Shamus Culhane (animator, director and producer); Gene Kelly (dancer, actor, singer, director, producer and choreographer)
- March 9 - George Burns (comedian, actor and writer)
- April 6 - Greer Garson (actress)
- April 23 - P.L. Travers (author)
- May 1 - Luana Patten (actress)
- May 6 - Ed Love (animator)
- May 10 - Ethel Smith (organist)
- May 24 - John Abbott (character actor)
- June 5 - Vito Scotti (veteran character actor)
- June 12 - Mary Field (actress)
- July 15 - Dana Hill (actress and voice actor)
- August 18 - Al Bertino (animator)
- September 14 - Juliet Prowse (dancer)