A Bug's Life
Toon Disney begins broadcasting.
Disney's Animal Kingdom opens.
The Parent Trap
comes to Walt Disney World. Fantasmic!
January 19 - Jerry and Tom (Miramax Films)
January 23 - Phantoms ( Dimension Films)
February 27 - ( Krippendorf's Tribe Touchstone Pictures)
March 6 - Everest (Miramax Films)
March 14 - God Said Ha! (Miramax Films)
March 20 - Wide Awake ( Miramax Films)
(with DiC Entertainment) is released to negative reviews and becomes a box office bomb.
Meet the Deedles A Price Above Rubies (Miramax Films)
The Big One (Miramax Films)
Sonatine (Miramax Films)
Summer Fling (Miramax Films)
April 17 - Nightwatch (Dimension Films)
Sliding Doors (Miramax Films, US theatrical distribution)
The Truce (Miramax Films)
May 1 - He Got Game (Touchstone Pictures)
May 8 - Artemisia (Miramax Films)
May 15 - The Horse Whisperer (Touchstone Pictures)
May 23 -
Kiki's Delivery Service May 27 - I Got the Hook Up (Dimension Films)
June 5 - Beyond Silence (Miramax Films)
June 12 -
Six Days Seven Nights (Touchstone Pictures) June 19
is released to mostly positive reviews and commercial success.
Mulan Hav Plenty (Miramax Films)
June 26 - Smoke Signals (Miramax Films)
July 1 - (Touchstone Pictures)
Armageddon July 24 - Jane Austen's Mafia! (Touchstone Pictures)
July 29 - remake is released to positive reception.
The Parent Trap August 5 - Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (Dimension Films)
August 7 - Telling You (Miramax Films)
August 14 -
Air Bud: Golden Receiver August 21 - Next Stop Wonderland (Miramax Films)
August 28 - 54 (Miramax Films)
The Hairy Bird (Miramax Films)
Firelight (Hollywood Pictures with Miramax Films)
All I Wanna Do (Miramax Films)
September 10 - With Friends Like These... (Miramax Films)
Simon Birch Rounders (Miramax Films)
September 25 - Monument Ave. (Miramax Films)
Holy Man (Touchstone Pictures with Caravan Pictures)
Rushmore The Mighty (Miramax Films)
October 16 - Beloved (Touchstone Pictures)
October 23 - Life Is Beautiful (Miramax Films)
October 30 - Talk of Angels (Miramax Films)
The Waterboy (Touchstone Pictures)
Velvet Goldmine (Miramax Films, US distribution only)
November 13 - I'll Be Home For Christmas is released to extremely negative reviews and becomes a box office failure.
November 25 - is released to very positive reviews and becomes a box office success.
A Bug's Life December 4 - Little Voice (Miramax Films)
December 11 - Shakespeare in Love (Miramax Films, US distribution only)
December 18 - Playing by Heart (Miramax Films)
becomes a box office bomb and gains mixed reviews from critics.
Mighty Joe Young Down in the Delta (Miramax Films)
A Civil Action (Touchstone Pictures)
Theme park happenings
January 21 - The original Disneyland Parking Lot closes permanently to make way for the Disneyland Resort expansion, including Disney California Adventure, Downtown Disney and Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.
January 31 - The Magic Kingdom's Cinderella Castle, which was decorated to look like a cake for the 25th anniversary celebration, is returned to its normal look.
February 1 - ILLUMinations 98 opens in Epcot. The "25" is also dropped from the name.
February 14 - The Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop opens at Downtown Disney in Florida.
February 17 - Construction begins on the Rock `n Rollercoaster at the Disney-MGM Studios.
April 22 - Disney's Animal Kingdom opens at the Walt Disney World Resort.
May 1 - The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management) opens at the Magic Kingdom.
May 22 - The "New" Tomorrowland opens at Disneyland with the following new attractions: American Space Experience, Astro Orbitor, Cosmic Waves, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, and Rocket Rods. Older attractions remaining open after refurbishment: Autopia, Disneyland Monorail System, Space Mountain, Starcade, Star Tours and Submarine Voyage.
June 19 - Animazement: The Musical begins its run at Disneyland's Fantasyland Theatre.
July 3 - Innoventions opens at Disneyland.
September 8 - Disneyland's 38-year-old Submarine Voyage closes. It would reopen nearly nine years later as Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.
August 17 - Captain EO closes at Disneyland Paris.
September 7 - Mr. Toad's Wild Ride closes at the Magic Kingdom.
October 10 - Journey Into Imagination closes at Epcot to be replaced by the Journey Into Your Imagination version featuring Eric Idle without Figment or Dreamfinder.
December 8 - Epcot's attraction that replaced World of Motion, Test Track begins soft openings.
December 24 - On Sailing Ship Columbia at Disneyland, a cleat used to secure the ship to the dock tore loose, striking 33 year old Luan Phi Dawson and his wife in the head, as their two children and other horrified park visitors looked on. Dawson was declared brain dead two days later and died when his life support system was disconnected. A park employee was also injured. (See Incidents at Disney parks.)
Home video releases
VHS & DVD releases
January 20 - Nothing to Lose (Touchstone Home Video)
February 3 - (Hollywood Pictures Home Video)
Hercules, G.I. Jane February 14 - (Re-issue)
Winnie the Pooh: Un-Valentine's Day February 17 - , The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes , The Strongest Man in the World and The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit
The Barefoot Executive February 24 - Ernest in the Army (Touchstone Home Video)
March 3 - and Peter Pan
The Moon-Spinners March 24 - (re-issue), Mary Poppins (re-issue), The Sword in the Stone (re-issue), Alice in Wonderland (re-issue), Pete's Dragon (re-issue) and Robin Hood (re-issue)
Dumbo March 31 - and The Little Mermaid
Mary Poppins April 21 -
Flubber May 19 - The Apple Dumpling Gang, (re-issues), The Brave Little Toaster Little Indian, Big City (Touchstone Home Video)
June 2 -
Melody Time July 21 - Krippendorf's Tribe (Touchstone Home Video)
August 4 - and The Black Cauldron
Mr. Magoo August 11 - Deep Rising (Hollywood Pictures Home Video)
August 25 -
The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon September 15 - (Touchstone Home Video)
Lady and the Tramp, He Got Game October 6 -
101 Dalmatians: Christmas November 10 - Dead Poets Society, The Horse Whisperer, Armageddon (Touchstone Home Video), The Horse Whisperer (Touchstone Home Video)
December 8 - and The Parent Trap (re-issue), Mr. Magoo Six Days Seven Nights (Touchstone Home Video)
December 18 -
Air Bud: Golden Receiver
January 27 - and Winnie the Pooh: Friends Forever .
Ariel's Favorites February 3 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Peter Pan
February 10 - Archive Collection Vol.1: Burl Ives: Chim Chim Cherie, Archive Collection Vol. 2: Hayley Mills: Let's Get Together, Archive Collection Vol. 3: Louis Prima with Gia Maione: Let's Fly With Mary Poppins, Archive Collection Vol. 4: Rex Allen: 16 Golden Hits, and Archive Collection Vol. 5: Cliff Edwards: Ukulele Ike Sings Again
June - Disney Adventures publishes its 100th issue.
January 20 - Ray
February 9 - Jacques the Beaver, Lois, Doc Hogg
March 15 - Peanut Otter, Baby Butter Otter, Jelly Otter, Opal Otter, Ernest Otter, Mayor Jeff, Pinch Raccoon, Scootch Raccoon, Walter Raccoon, Wanda Raccoon, Munchy Beaver, Betty Lou Beaver, Flick Duck, Shirley Duck, Cap'n Crane, Connie Crane
April 8 - Otto and Etta Otter
March 21 - Ootsie Snootie, Bootsie Snootie
March 28 - Anna "Aunt Nanner" Otter
May 19 - Robbie McGroarty, Fanny, Ratso, Hearing Aid, Supreme Commander, Tinselina, Microwave, Squirt, Faucet, Calculator
June 1 - Baby Blotter
June 19 - Fa Mulan, Li Shang, Mushu, Shan Yu, Cri-Kee, Little Brother, Yao, Ling and Chien Po, Fa Zhou, Fa Li, Grandmother Fa, Chi-Fu, Hayabusa, General Li, The Emperor of China, Fa Family Ancestors, The Matchmaker
November 25 - Flik, Princess Atta, Dot, Hopper, Molt, Thumper, P.T. Flea, Heimlich, Gypsy, Manny, Slim, Rosie, Dim, Francis, Tuck and Roll, Dim, The Queen, Mr. Soil, Thorny, Dr. Flora, Cornelius, Aphie, The Fly Brothers, Bird
December 2 - Big Old Bullfrog, Doc Owl and Ursa
December 3 - Jeremiah Tortoise
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