George of the Jungle
One Saturday Morning
premieres. The Lion King musical
Scrooge McDuck celebrates his 50th anniversary in " A Little Something Special".
Buena Vista loses the rights to Jim Henson Video, and the video distribution rights are given to Columbia-Tristar Home Video, with the exceptions of and The Muppet Christmas Carol , which were produced by Disney.
Muppet Treasure Island January - The Walt Disney Company and McDonald's Corporation begins a multi-national promotional alliance.
January 15 - Production begins on .
The Emperor's New Groove February 21 - Club Disney, an interactive children's play center opens it's first unit in Thousand Oaks, California.
February 24 - Michael Eisner and Steve Jobs announces that Walt Disney Studios and Pixar have agreed to joint produce five films over the next ten years.
April 2 - Disney's restored New Amsterdan Theater is unveiled in New York City.
April 17 - Gibson Guitars holds a demonstration of their new products at Walt Disney World's Pleasure Island.
December 8 - Walt Disney Television announces their plan to launch Toon Disney.
February 28 - ABC airs the special, Walt Disney World's 25th Anniversary Party in prime-time. It is hosted by Melissa Joan Hart and Will Friedle.
April 7 - The Disney Channel becomes a basic cable channel as opposed to a premium service. They also get a new logo as well, which had a TV with Mickey Mouse ears on it with Mickey Mouse inside the TV (which will be changed again in 2002). They also drop the "the" in the name, becoming simply "Disney Channel".
April 19 - premieres on ABC with the episode, "Ned's Life as a Dog/A Doll's House".
Nightmare Ned August 23 - The first Disney Channel Original Movie, , debuts on the Disney Channel.
Northern Lights August 29 - name is used for the last time. From September 1 to the end of 1998, syndicated Disney programs would not carry a block name.
The Disney Afternoon August 31 - ABC airs the first episode of , "The Break In/The New Kid", in primetime as a preview (depending on the channel affiliate, as some stations were airing news coverage on Princess Diana's death).
Recess September 1 - premieres in syndication with "You Slipped a Disk/Chow About That?"; it would also begin airing on ABC on September 13.
101 Dalmatians: The Series September 13 - and Recess premiere on ABC as part of the new One Saturday Morning programming block.
Pepper Ann October 5 - premieres on Toothless The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC.
November 2 - premieres on The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC.
Rodger and Hammerstein's Cinderella November 9 - premieres on The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC.
Angels in the Endzone November 16 - premieres on The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC.
Oliver Twist November 21 - Absent-Minded Inventors and the Search for Flubber premieres on ABC.
November 30 - The Love Bug (Remake) premieres on The Wonderful World of Disney on ABC.
December 25 - A Magical Walt Disney World Christmas airs on ABC, hosted by Melissa Joan Hart and Jerry Van Dyke.
Theme park happenings
January 6 - Pirates of the Caribbean closes in Disneyland for its 30th anniversary renovation.
January 18 - The Carnival Castle is unveiled at Disneyland Paris.
February 21 - The first of the Star Wars Weekends is held at Disney-MGM Studios.
March 1 - The #5 locomotive at Walt Disney World is dedicated to Ward Kimball.
March 7 - Pirates of the Caribbean reopens in Disneyland.
March 17 - Walt Disney World's Pleasure Island is transformed into Pleasure "Ireland" for St. Patrick's Day.
March 21 - The fifth and final weekend of the first Star Wars Weekends is held in Disney-MGM Studios.
April 6 - Captain EO at Disneyland closes.
April 18 - The fourth annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival begins.
April 28 - King Stefan's Banquet Hall, a restaurant inside the Magic Kingdom's Cinderella Castle is renamed Cinderella's Royal Table.
May 17 - Fink 169 Boats closes at Disneyland.
May 23 - Light Magic debuts at Disneyland.
June 1 - Disneyland's Lion King Celebration parade ends its near three-year-run.
July 1 - ABC Sound Studio opens at Disney-MGM Studios
August 1 - Walt Disney World's Coronado Springs Resort opens.
September - Disneyland's Rocket Jets closes.
January 27 - Bambi (soundtrack)
May 27 - Hercules (soundtrack)
June 8 - Mary Poppins (soundtrack)
August 5 - Air Bud (soundtrack)
Novemver 1 - Candlelight and Massed Choir Program as Presented at Epcot
November 11 - Flubber (Soundtrack)
November 18 - The Lion King - Original Broadway Cast Recording
January 21 -
D3: The Mighty Ducks February 4 - , Bambi , That Darn Cat! , Pollyanna , and The Parent Trap .
Summer Magic February 18 - The Thief and the Cobbler
March 4 - , The Hunchback of Notre Dame , Treasure Island , 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea , and Kidnapped .
Swiss Family Robinson March 11 - Sailor Moon: A Moon Star is Born (English adaptation by DiC, at the time with Disney. These would be Toys R Us exclusives until the end of the month)
March 18 - Sailor Moon: Scouts Unite!
March 17 -
Pete's Dragon April 15 -
101 Dalmatians (live action) April 18 - Sailor Moon: Evil Eyes
April 30 - Sailor Moon: Jupiter and Venus Arrive!, Secret Identities, and Good Queen, Bad Queen.
July 15 - and Fun and Fancy Free : Disney's Doug Doug's Birthday Blues and Slam Dunk Doug
July 29 -
Jungle 2 Jungle August 26 - , Mary Poppins , The Love Bug , Herbie Rides Again , Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo , and Herbie Goes Bananas : Disney's Doug The Vampire Caper
September - (Re-issue)
Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too September 2 -
First Kid September 9 - , Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier , Davy Crockett and the River Pirates Johnny Tremain, and .
The Light in the Forest September 16 -
Sleeping Beauty October 7 - , The Shaggy Dog , The Shaggy D.A. , Son of Flubber and Old Yeller, : Disney's Doug Doug's Secret Christmas
October 14 - , The Jungle Book (Re-issue), Alice in Wonderland (Re-issue), and Toy Story Muppet Sing-Alongs: Things that Fly.
December 2 - and George of the Jungle
The Absent-Minded Professor December 23 -
June 27 - Hercules, Megara, Hades, Pain and Panic, Philoctetes, Zeus
August 1 - Buddy
September 1 - Cadpig, Spot
September 2 - Tripod
September 13 - TJ Detweiler, Vince LaSalle, Ashley Spinelli, Gretchen Grundler, Mikey Blumberg, Gus Griswald, Miss Finster, Randall Weems, King Bob, Miss Grotke, Pepper Ann Pearson, Lydia Pearson, Nickey Little