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An overview of Disney-related events that occurred in 2000.

Theatrical releases[]

Feature films[]

  • January 1 - Fantasia 2000 is released in IMAX theaters.
  • February 4 - Gun Shy (Hollywood Pictures)
  • February 11 - The Tigger Movie is released to favorable reviews and becomes a box office success.
  • March 10
    • Mission to Mars (Touchstone Pictures)
    • Whispers: An Elephant's Tale is released to poor reviews.
  • May 19 - Dinosaur is released to mixed reviews, but becomes a box office success.
  • June 9 - Gone in 60 Seconds (Touchstone Pictures)
  • June 16 - Fantasia 2000 is released theatrically worldwide to positive reviews and becomes a box office success.
  • July 7 - Disney's The Kid
  • September 15 - Duets (Hollywood Pictures)
  • September 29 - Remember the Titans is released to very positive reviews and becomes a box office success.
  • October 13 - Whispers: An Elephant's Tale
  • November 22
    • Unbreakable (Touchstone Pictures) is released to positive reviews.
    • 102 Dalmatians was released to negative reviews, but performed well at the box office.
  • December 15 - The Emperor's New Groove is released to very positive reviews, but becomes a box office disappointment.

Shorts[]

  • July 24 - For the Birds (Siggraph Conference)
  • October 22 - For the Birds (Chicago International Film Festival)
  • October 30 - John Henry

Theme parks[]

  • April 1 - Disney's Blizzard Beach celebrates its 5th anniversary.
  • June 25 - 23-year-old Cristina Moreno suffers a brain hemorrhage after riding Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye at Disneyland.
  • July 17 - Disneyland celebrates its 45th anniversary.
  • July 20 - Disney Ambassador Hotel opens at the Tokyo Disney Resort.
  • September 4 - Pooh's Hunny Hunt opens at Tokyo Disneyland.
  • September 22 - 4-year-old Brandon Zucker suffers brain damage after falling out of and being dragged by a car on Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin at Disneyland. He later died in 2009 at the age of 13.
  • September 25 - Rocket Rods closes at Disneyland for "refurbishment", with a projected spring 2001 reopening; it never reopened.

Cruise ships[]

  • Hercules: The Muse-ical premieres on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder.

Television[]

  • January 22 - Up, Up, and Away premieres on the Disney Channel.
  • February 5 - The Color of Friendship premieres on the Disney Channel.
  • February 26 - The Weekenders premieres on ABC.
  • March 18 - Alley Cats Strike premieres on the Disney Channel.
  • April 22 - Rip Girls premieres on the Disney Channel.
  • May 13 - Miracle in Lane 2 premieres on the Disney Channel.
  • June 17 - Even Stevens and Stepsister from Planet Weird premiere on the Disney Channel.
  • July 14 - Ready to Run premieres on the Disney Channel.
  • August 18 - Quints premieres on the Disney Channel.
  • September 8 - The Other Me premieres on the Disney Channel.
  • September 9 - Teacher's Pet premieres on ABC.
  • October 2 - Buzz Lightyear of Star Command premieres on ABC and in syndication.
  • October 13 - Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire premieres on the Disney Channel.
  • October 15 - PB&J Otter airs its final episode on Playhouse Disney.
  • November 10 - Phantom of the Megaplex premieres on the Disney Channel.
  • November 18 - Pepper Ann airs its final episode on UPN.
  • December 1 - The Ultimate Christmas Present premieres on the Disney Channel.
  • December 16 - Mickey Mouse Works airs its final episode on ABC.

Video games[]

  • January 20 - Winnie The Pooh And The Blustery Day: Activity Center for PC
  • February 15 - Tigger's Family Tree 3D Adventure for PC
  • March 23 - Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour
  • March 29 - Winnie the Pooh: Adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood for Game Boy Color
  • June 8 - Buzz Lightyear 1st Grade and Buzz Lightyear 2nd Grade for PC
  • July 18 - Mickey Mouse Toddler for PC
  • September 13 - The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea
  • September 24 - The Little Mermaid II: Pinball Frenzy (North America only)
  • September 29 - Tigger's Honey Hunt
  • October 4 - Alice in Wonderland
  • October 5 - Mickey Saves the Day 3D Adventure
  • October 19 - Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers!
  • November 8 - 102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue
  • November 13 - Mickey's Speedway USA for Nintendo 64
  • November 15
    • 102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue for PC, PlayStation, and Game Boy Color
    • 102 Dalmatians: Activity Center for PC
  • November 24 - Dinosaur for Sega Dreamcast
  • November 30
    • Dance Dance Revolution Disney Dancing Museum for Nintendo 64 (Japan only)
    • Dance Dance Revolution Disney Mix for PlayStation and arcade
  • December 1
    • Disney's Aladdin in Nasira's Revenge for PlayStation (Europe only)
    • Mickey's Speedway USA for Nintendo 64 (Europe only)
  • December 15 - Doug's Big Game for Game Boy Color
  • December 22 - The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure for PlayStation
  • December 29 - The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure for Game Boy Color

Home video releases[]

Events[]

  • Walt Disney Pictures introduces a different logo, which for the most part, only appeared on live-action films, with the exception of Dinosaur, Brother Bear, and the Platinum Edition of The Lion King.
  • February 16 - Disneyland celebrates its 45th anniversary.
  • April 30 - As part of Walt Disney World's Millennium Celebration, EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival is held runs until June 11.
  • October 21 - As part of Walt Disney World's Millennium Celebration, EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival is held runs until November 19, which is celebrated its 5th anniversary.
  • November 12 - Mary Poppins premieres at the Wisconsin International Children's Film Festival.
  • November 18 - Disney agrees to allow Andy Heyward (through Bain Capital) to purchase back DIC Entertainment alongside its programming library, officially making it re-independent. The 2 companies would however would continue to maintain a partnership, which included production on a sequel to Disney's Inspector Gadget Movie.
  • November 23 - The third Mickey Mouse balloon makes his first and only appearence in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • November 24 - As part of Walt Disney World's Millennium Celebration, EPCOT Holidays Around the World is held runs until December 30, which is celebrated its 5th anniversary.

Behind the scenes[]

  • February 26 - Disney holds a wrap party for Recess (and its film, Recess: School's Out), having completely finished production. The remaining episodes would continue to air from February 27, 2000 to November 5, 2001; the film premiered on January 10, 2001 and was widely released February 16, 2001.

Character debuts[]

  • January 1 - Colorful Triangles, Black Triangles, Humpback Whales, Duke, Flying John, Killjoy Margaret, Joe, Rachel, Tin Soldier, Ballerina, Jack-in-the-Box, Yo Yo Flamingo, Snooty Flamingos, Noah, Spring Sprite, the Elk, The Firebird
  • February 26 - Lor McQuarrie, Carver Descartes, Tino Tonitini, Tish Katsufrakis, Ms. Tonitini, Thompson Overman, Nona
  • February 29 - Bradley Uppercrust III, Goofy's Boss Unemployment Lady, Sylvia Marpole, Tank, Beret Girl, The Gammas
  • March 4 - Cool Kids, Laird Lambert
  • March 11 - Gloria Duwong, Mr. Katsufrakis, Mrs. Katsufrakis
  • March 25 - Penny Descartes
  • April 1 - Christie Wilson, Candi Brunschwegger
  • April 2 - Odella Otter
  • May 7 - Signora Giovanni, Lazardo V
  • May 19 - Aladar, Aladar's Mother, Baylene, Eema, Kron, Neera, Plio, Suri, Url, Yar, Zini
  • June 17 - Louis Stevens, Ren Stevens, Donnie Stevens, Steve Stevens, Tawny Dean, Alan Twitty
  • June 24 - Conrad Wexler
  • August 8 - XR, Mira Nova, Booster, Commander Nebula, Warp Darkmatter, Brain Pods
  • September 9 - Spot Helperman, Leonard Helperman, Mary Lou Helperman, Pretty Boy, Mr. Jolly, Crosby Strickler, Tyler, Trevor, and Taylor, Ian Wazselewski, Leslie Dunkling, Younghee Mandlebom, Tallulah
  • September 19 - Melody, Tip and Dash, Morgana, Cloak and Dagger, Undertow, Hammerhead Shark, Flounder's guppies, Baby Penguin, Ursula and Morgana's mother, Alex
  • September 23 - Cousin Zeke
  • October 3 - Gravitina, Sally
  • October 4 - XL
  • October 8 - NOS-4-A2
  • October 10 - Ozma Furbanna
  • October 13 - The Fixer
  • October 18 - Lord Angstrom
  • October 26 - Vicki Vortex
  • October 27 - Plasma Boy, Petra Hammerhold
  • October 28 - Ty Parsec/Wirewolf
  • November 1 - Evil Buzz Lightyear
  • November 8 - Professor Farzboom
  • November 11 - Dixon Payne, Moira Payne
  • November 13 - Bonnie Lepton, Spyro Lepton
  • November 22 - Chloe Simon, Kevin Shepherd, Jean-Pierre Le Pelt, Dottie, Little Dipper, Domino, Oddball, Fluffy, Drooler, Chomp, Digger, Waddlesworth, Ewan, The Overseer, Elijah Price, Joseph Dunn, Mrs. Price
  • December 1 - Nasira, Arachnid
  • December 12 - Sheriff Dan, Tammy, Molly
  • December 15 - Kuzco, Pacha, Chicha, Yzma, Kronk, Incan Palace Guards, Bucky the Squirrel, Chaca, Tipo, Yupi, Ms. Birdwell, Papi, Rudy, Mata, Jaguars, Irate Chef
  • Tom Morrow 2.0

People[]

Births[]

  • January 7 - Marcus Scribner (actor)
  • January 8 - Noah Cyrus (actress and singer)
  • January 26 - Piper Mackenzie Harris (child actress and model)
  • February 10 - Yara Shahidi (actress, voice actress, and model)
  • February 25 - Tucker Albrizzi (actor, singer, and dancer)
  • March 21 - Jace Norman (actor)
  • March 27 - Halle Bailey (actress, singer, and writer)
  • June 21 - Natalie Alyn Lind (actress)
  • July 16 - Jonathan Morgan Heit (gallerist, actor, voice actor, and singer)
  • July 25 - Meg Donnelly (actress and singer)
  • August 3
    • Landry Bender (actress and voice actress)
    • Chandler Kinney (actress and singer)
  • September 28 - Frankie Jonas (actor and singer)
  • October 10 - Aedin Mincks (actor)
  • October 11 - Hayden Byerly (actor and voice actor)
  • October 14 - Mekai Curtis (actor and voice actor)
  • November 10 - Mackenzie Foy (model and actress)
  • November 15 - Coco Grayson (actress and voice actress)
  • November 22 - Auli'i Cravalho (actress, voice actress, and singer)

Deaths[]

  • January 12 - Marc Davis (artist and animator)
  • February 10 - Jim Varney (actor, voice actor, comedian, and writer)
  • March 13 - Rex Everhart (actor, voice actor, and singer)
  • March 16 - Adele Malis-Morey (actress and voice actress)
  • April 28 - Lucille Dinning (singer and member of The Dinning Sisters)
  • June 24 - David Tomlinson (actor)
  • July 20 - Eyvind Earle (artist, author, and illustrator)
  • July 22 - Eric Christmas (actor)
  • August 5 - Alec Guinness (actor)
  • August 25 - Carl Barks (illustrator and comic book writer)
  • September 3 - Walt Stanchfield (animator, writer, and teacher)
  • September 26 - Richard Mulligan (actor and voice actor)
  • October 30 - Steve Allen (television personality, musician, composer, actor, comedian, and writer)
  • November 20 - Bruce Talkington (regular writer, story editor, and associate story editor)
  • December 18 - Nick Stewart (actor, voice actor, and producer)
  • December 23 - Billy Barty (actor and voice actor)
  • December 26 - Jason Robards (actor)
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