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An overview of Disney-related events that occurred in 1984.

Theatrical releases[]

Feature films[]

  • January 20 - Never Cry Wolf
  • March 9
    • Pete's Dragon (re-issue)
    • Splash (Touchstone Pictures, the first feature-length film released under that name)
  • July 27 - The Jungle Book (re-issue)
  • September 28 - Country (Touchstone Pictures; New York Film Festival)
  • September 29 - Country (Touchstone Pictures)
  • December 21 - Pinocchio (re-issue)

Shorts[]

  • January 1 - Lights! Cameras! Fractions!
  • July 25 - The Adventures of Andre & Wally B. (SIGGRAPH Film Festival)
  • July 26 - Fitness and Me: Why Exercise?
  • August 1
  • December 14 - Frankenweenie (Los Angeles, California)
  • ? - Fitness and Me: What Is Fitness Exercise?

Theme parks[]

  • As part of Donald Duck's 50th birthday, Disneyland and Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom both have a Donald-themed parade, while Tokyo Disneyland has a stage show, "Donald Duck's Birthday Party".
  • January 3 - 48-year-old Dolly Regina Young is killed on the Matterhorn Bobsleds in Fantasyland.
  • April 14 - Alice in Wonderland reopens at Disneyland, completing the overhaul of Fantasyland.
  • June 16 - Magic Journeys debuts in Tomorrowland at Disneyland's outdoor Space Stage, playing there after dark.
  • September 7 - The Morocco Pavilion opens in World Showcase at Epcot.
  • December 19 - The Country Bear Christmas Special debuts at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom.

Television[]

  • February 14 - From Disney, with Love
  • May 5 - DTV music videos begin airing on the Disney Channel
  • May 6 - Gone Are the Dayes
  • July 5 - The Roots of Goofy
  • August - Vacationing with Mickey and Friends
  • October 7 - Love Leads the Way: A True Story
  • November 13 - Donald Duck's 50th Birthday airs on CBS.
  • December 25 - The second annual Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade premieres on CBS.

Comics[]

  • Whitman Publishing, the current imprint publishing the Disney comic books, is shut down, cancelling the comics as a result. They would be continued by Gladstone Publishing two years later.
  • July - Another Rainbow Publishing begins publishing the Carl Barks Library, a ten-volume series of hardcover books reprinting all of Carl Barks' Disney comics. The collection would be completed in 1990.

Home video releases[]

VHS releases[]

  • February
    • Walt Disney Cartoon Classics: More Disney's Best: 1932-1946, Sport Goofy's Vacation, Donald Duck's First 50 Years, and Mickey's Crazy Careers
  • April
  • June
    • The Castaway Cowboy
    • Five Mile Creek: Volume 1
    • Son of Flubber
    • Walt Disney Cartoon Classics: Limited Gold Editions: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pluto, Silly Symphonies, and Disney's Best: The Fabulous 50s
    • Welcome to Pooh Corner: Volume 1
  • August
    • Five Mile Creek: Volumes 2-3
    • The Incredible Journey
    • Splash
    • You and Me, Kid: Volume 1
  • September - Disney's Halloween Treat
  • October 25- Never Cry Wolf
  • October 30
  • November
    • Herbie Goes Bananas
    • Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo
    • Welcome to Pooh Corner: Volume 2
    • Where the Toys Come From
  • December 3
    • Five Mile Creek: Volume 4
    • Robin Hood is released as the first installment of the Walt Disney Classics series.

Laserdisc releases[]

  • October 30 - DTV: Golden Oldies, Pop & Rock, and Rock, Rhythm & Blues

Video games[]

  • Mickey Mouse 2 (Nintendo Game and Watch) (Panorama variety)
  • Mickey's Space Adventure (DOS, Apple Macintosh, Apple II, Commodore 64/VIC, TRS-80)
  • Onc' Picsou (possibly translates to Scrooge McDuck) (Tiger Electronics Handheld LCD)
  • Donald Duck's Playground (Commodore 64)

Events[]

  • After 30 years, the last Disney movie to use the Buena Vista logo is Tim Burton's Frankenweenie.
  • Donald Duck celebrates his 50th birthday.
  • November 24 - The Donald Duck balloon returns in his 12th and final appearance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Character debuts[]

  • March 9 - Madison
  • April 14 - The Executioner
  • July 25 - André, Wally B.
  • December 14 - Susan Frankenstein, Ben Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein, Sparky, Persephone

Business[]

  • Michael Eisner is hired as the CEO of Walt Disney Productions. He had previously worked as the head of ABC and then of Paramount Pictures. He would eventually bring ABC under Disney's ownership. He is most often credited with the company's turnaround in the late 1980s and early 1990s and, ironically, its subsequent downfall in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He would leave the company in 2005.
  • This was the first year in Disney history where no feature films were released from the Disney studio, which could be because of the change in ownership.
  • December 5 - Walt Disney Television Animation is established as a subsidiary of Walt Disney Productions.

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