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- Disney Interactive acquires Saban Interactive.
- Buena Vista Games is founded, with Disney Interactive being a children's division of BVG.
- Disney loses the rights to King Louie involving a lawsuit with Gia Prima for not paying royalties and impersonation of her husband's voice.
- October 24 - Disney purchases Fox Family Worldwide and renames it ABC Family Worldwide. 17 days later, FOX Family became ABC Family.
- January 5 - Chocolat (Miramax Films)
- January 12 - Double Take (Touchstone Pictures)
- February 9 - The Taste of Others (Miramax Films)
- February 16 - Recess: School's Out was released to favorable to mixed reviews and becomes a box office failure.
- March 7 - Blow Dry (Miramax Films)
- March 9 - Get Over It (Mirmax Films)
- March 30 - Spy Kids (Dimension Films)
- April 6 - Just Visiting (Hollywood Pictures)
- April 13 - Bridget Jones's Diary (Mirmax Films)
- May 11 - Calle 54 (Miramax Films)
- May 18 - About Adam (Miramax Films),
- May 25 - Pearl Harbor (Touchstone Pictures)
- June 15 - Atlantis: The Lost Empire was released to mixed reviews and moderate commercial success.
- June 29 - Crazy/Beautiful (Touchstone Pictures)
- July 4 - Scary Movie 2 (Dimension Films)
- August 3 - The Princess Diaries was released to mixed reviews, but becomes a box office success.
- August 10 - The Others (Miramax Films)
- August 24 - Bubble Boy (Touchstone Pictures) and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (Dimension Films)
- September 7 - New Port South (Touchstone Pictures)
- October 5 - Max Keeble's Big Move was released to negative reviews and bombs at the box office.
- October 12 - Corky Romano (Touchstone Pictures)
- October 26 - High Heels and Low Lifes (Touchstone Pictures)
- November 2 - Monsters, Inc. was released as a box office hit and receives universal acclaim.
- November 16 - Amélie (Miramax Films)
- November 21 - Out Cold (Touchstone Pictures)
- November 30 - Texas Rangers (Dimension Films)
- December 7 - 'Twas the Night
- December 14 - The Other Side of Heaven and The Royal Tenenbaums (Touchstone Pictures)
- January 11 - House of Mouse premieres on ABC; Buzz Lightyear of Star Command airs its final episode on ABC.
- January 12 - Lizzie McGuire premieres on the Disney Channel.
- January 22 - The Book of Pooh premieres on Playhouse Disney.
- February 3 - Lloyd in Space premieres on ABC.
- April 5 - The Disney Channel debuts in Brazil.
- April 13 - Hounded, a Disney Channel Original Movie, premieres.
- June 8 - Jett Jackson: The Movie, a Disney Channel Original Movie, premieres.
- July 13 - The Jeannie Project, a Disney Channel Original Movie, premieres.
- September 1 - The Legend of Tarzan premieres in syndication.
- September 15 - The Proud Family premieres on the Disney Channel.
- September 30 - Alias airs on ABC
- October 2 - Bob Patterson premieres on ABC.
- October 3 - According to Jim premieres on ABC.
- November 21 - Recess, after four years as one of the most popular shows on ABC's One Saturday Morning, airs its final episode "Mundy, Mundy/Lost Leader". It would remain in reruns on ABC until fall 2004. A direct-to-video epilogue and prequel are released two years later.
- November 28 - Pepper Ann airs its final episode on UPN.
- December 7 - The Secret World of Fidel Castro aired its final episode
- March 15 - Disney's Aladdin in Nasira's Revenge for PlayStation (North America only)
- November 14 - Tarzan Untamed for PlayStation 2
- November 15 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for Game Boy Color
- November 17 - Tarzan Untamed for GameCube
Home video releases
VHS & DVD Releases
- January 9 - Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You
- January 16 - Pete's Dragon and Mission to Mars (VHS only)
- January 23 - The Kid
- January 30 - Dinosaur
- March 20 - The Sword in the Stone, Bedknobs and Broomsticks: 30th Anniversary Edition, and Remember the Titans
- April 3 - 102 Dalmatians
- April 10 - The Love Bug
- May 1 - The Emperor's New Groove
- July 17 - Flash, My Date with the President's Daughter, The Book of Pooh: Stories from the Heart, and Double Take
- August 7 - Recess: School's Out
- September 11 - The Book of Pooh: Fun with Words and Fun with Friends
- September 18 - Principal Takes a Holiday and Spy Kids
- October 9 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Platinum Edition (DVD only)
- October 23 - Dumbo: 60th Anniversary Edition and Whispers: An Elephant's Tale
- November 6 - Sister Act and Disney Sing Along Songs: The Twelve Days of Christmas (re-issue)
- November 27 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Platinum Edition (VHS only)
- December 4 - Pearl Harbor
- December 18 - The Princess Diaries and Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story
- February 27 - Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure
- November 6 - Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse, Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street and Santa Who?
- May 1 - The Emperor's New Groove: The Ultimate Groove Edition
- December 4 - Walt Disney Treasures Wave 1
Theme park happenings
- January 9 - Downtown Disney opens at the Disneyland Resort.
- January 14 - Collector pins begin to be given out at Disney Parks.
- February 8 - Disney's California Adventure opens at Disneyland Resort.
- March 28 - The Sorcerer's Hat opens at the Disney-MGM Studios and becomes the icon of the park, replacing the Earful Tower.
- April 1 - The Main Street Electrical Parade ends its run at the Magic Kingdom.
- April 2 - SpectroMagic returns to the Magic Kingdom.
- April 7 - Who Wants to Be a Millionaire – Play It! - Play It! debuts at Disney-MGM Studios.
- April 16 - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge opens.
- April 27 - The Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register report that Disneyland's Rocket Rods will never reopen due to many factors.
- May 1 - The Disney's Animal Kingdom attraction Countdown to Extinction changes its name to DINOSAUR.
- May 6 - A tree in Disneyland's Frontierland, which had been there since the park opened, falls over, injuring 29 people.
- May 12 - Doug Live! closes at the Disney-MGM Studios, due to the show's cancellation from ABC.
- May 24 - The Magic Carpets of Aladdin opens at the Magic Kingdom.
- July 4 - Disney's Electrical Parade begins performing at Disney's California Adventure.
- July 27 - The Disney Resort Line of the Tokyo Disney Resort goes into service.
- September 4 - Tokyo DisneySea opens at the Tokyo Disney Resort.
- September 9 - The Country Bear Jamboree closes at Disneyland.
- September 11 & September 12 - Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World close due to the terrorist attacks in the northeast. Hotels in both resorts remained open.
- September 13 - Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - Play It! premieres at Disney's California Adventure to very low crowds, due to the terrorist attacks halting travel two days before.
- October 3 - Haunted Mansion Holiday, the seasonal overlay of The Haunted Mansion, debuts at Disneyland.
- November 2 - Disney's River Country closes.
- January 23 - Recess: School's Out
- March 27 - Cruella's Favorite Villain Songs
- May 22 - Atlantis: The Lost Empire
- October 23 - Monsters Inc.
- January 1 - Angourie Rice (actress)
- February 15 - Haley Tju (actress)
- February 21 - Isabella Acres (actress)
- April 15 - Django Marsh (voice actor)
- June 1 - Ed Oxenbould (actor)
- June 21 - Eleanor Worthington Cox (British actress)
- August 8 - Aubrey K. Miller (actress, singer, model, dancer)
- September 4 - Tenzing Norgay Trainor (actor)
- October 12 - Raymond Ochoa (actor)
- October 14 - Rowan Blanchard (actress, singer, model, dancer)
- December 2 - Dusan Brown (actor)
- December 28 - Madison De La Garza (actress); Mary-Charles Jones (actress)
- January 8 - Don Brodie (performance model and voice actor)
- January 10 - Jacques Marin (actor)
- January 26 - Thor Putnam (layout artist)
- February 7 - Dale Evans (writer, movie star actress of B-movie westerns and singer-songwriter)
- February 17 - John Sutherland (producer, writer, animator and voice actor)
- May 10 - Deborah Walley (actress)
- May 11 - Douglas Adams (writer, humorist and dramatist)
- June 26 - Paul Berry (stop-motion animator and director)
- July 15 - Ted Berman (animator, director and writer)
- August 4 - Lorenzo Music (actor, writer, television producer and musician)
- August 23 - Kathleen Freeman (actress)
- September 13 - Dorothy McGuire (actress)
- September 23 - Elton Hayes (British actor and guitarist)
- November 29 - George Harrison (singer)
- December 26 - Nigel Hawthorne (actor)
- December 30 - Ray Patterson (animator, producer and director)
- December 31 - David Swift (screenwriter, animator, director, and producer)