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This Week in Disney History: Week of April 1

by Candra Spirtoff and Megan Voisard

Did You Know?

April 2, 1934- One of Walt’s “Nine of Men”, Ward Kimball, begins work at the Disney Studio as an apprentice.

Within 5 years Ward became one of the top animators in the studio.

Other Notable Disney Dates:

April 1, 1956 – Disneyland holds its first Old-Fashioned Easter Parade on Main Street USA.

April 1, 1995 – Blizzard Beach opens in Walt Disney World

April 2, – 1940 – Walt Disney Productions offers the public, for the first time, to buy shares in the company.

April 3, 1966 – The attraction, Midget Autopia, closes in Disneyland. The closing of this attraction made way for the now well-known attraction, It’s a Small World.

April 4, 1990 – a new dance club, Rock n’ Roll Beach Club, opens in Pleasure Island in Walt Disney World. This club replaced XZFR Rockin’ Rollerdome, a club where guests could skate and dance to rock music.

April 5,  2007 – The 14th annual Ecpot International Flower & Garden Festival beings

April 6, 1991 – new animated series, Darkwing Duck, premieres on the Disney Channel

April 7, 2006 – Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, officially opens at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom.

Question of the Week

What was Ward Kimball’s most notable creation?


Candra Spirtoff and Megan Voisard are identical twins, born and raised in Cincinnati,  Ohio. They both graduated from the University of Cincinnati, Candra with a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Assisting and Megan with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.  They currently work as a paralegals for a local law firm.  Their passion is anything and everything Disney, and they have visited WDW almost every year since 1988, at the age of four.