The Parent Trap
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Toon Disney begins broadcasting.
A Bug's Life
comes to Walt Disney World. Fantasmic!
January - Production begins on (though it wouldn't receive its final name until later)
Recess: School's Out January 26 - Ranch and Grove Holding Corporation is merged into the Walt Disney World Company.
March 27 - is released to negative reviews and becomes a box office bomb.
Meet the Deedles June 19 - is released to positive reception.
Mulan July 29 - is released to positive reception.
The Parent Trap November 13 - is released to extremely negative reviews and failure at the box office.
I'll Be Home For Christmas November 20 - is released to very positive reviews and becomes a box office success.
A Bug's Life December 25 - becomes a box office bomb and gains mixed reviews from critics.
Mighty Joe Young
Theme park happenings
January 21 - Disneyland's original 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 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 begins its run at Disneyland's Fantasyland Theatre.
July 3 - Innoventions opens at Disneyland.
September 8 - Disneyland's 38-year-old Submarine Voyage closes. Will 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 feeaturing Eric Idle without Figment or Dreamfinder.
December 8 - Epcot's attraction that replaced World of Motion, Test Track begins its 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.)
The D Show
A Bug's Life for PC
May - for Game Boy
Mickey Mouse: Magic Wands! October 31 - A Bug's Life for PlayStation
December - A Bug's Life for Game Boy Color
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