- January 31 - Down and Out in Beverly Hills (Touchstone Pictures; first R-rated release under that label)
- March 7 - Sleeping Beauty (re-issue)
- June 27 - Ruthless People (Touchstone Pictures)
- July 2 - The Great Mouse Detective is released to positive reviews and is a commercial success.
- August 1 - Flight of the Navigator
- September 30 - Tough Guys (Touchstone Pictures; San Luis Obispo, California)
- October 3 - Tough Guys (Touchstone Pictures)
- October 8 - The Color of Money premiered in New York City (Touchstone Pictures)
- October 14 - The Color of Money premiered in Los Angeles, California (Touchstone Pictures)
- October 17 - The Color of Money (Touchstone Pictures)
- November 21 - Song of the South (re-issue)
- December 19 - Lady and the Tramp (re-issue)
- June 25 - Somewhere in the Arctic
- July 2 - Clock Cleaners (re-issue)
- August 17 - Luxo Jr.
- The company officially changes its name from Walt Disney Productions to the Walt Disney Company.
- After 8 years, The Journey of Natty Gann is the last video to use the 1978 Walt Disney Home Video Logo (Neon Mickey).
- After 4 years, The Sword in the Stone is the last video to use the Walt Disney and You Promo.
- Walt Disney Home Video starts using the "Sorcerer Mickey" logo in May with its first such release being Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore.
- Walt Disney is inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame on April 21.
- July 2 - Basil of Baker Street, Bartholomew, David Q. Dawson, Ratigan, Olivia Flaversham, Hiram Flaversham, Fidget, Queen Mousetoria, Felicia, Miss Kitty, Thugs, Toby, Mrs. Judson, Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Lady Mouse
- July 26 - Bill Grand, Nikki Ferris, Mary Grand, Brian Carey, Florence
- August 1 - David Freeman, Helen Freeman, Bill Freeman, Max, Dr. Louis Faraday, Carolyn McAdams, R.A.L.F., Bruiser, Puckmaren, Aliens, Jeff Freeman, Larry Howard, Janet Howard
- September 12 - Captain EO, Fuzzball, The Geex, Hooter, Major Domo, Minor Domo, Supreme Leader
- January 15 - The Living Seas opens at Epcot.
- February - The Country Bear Vacation Hoedown debuts at Disneyland, replacing the original Country Bear Jamboree show.
- March 8 - Alice's Tea Party opens at Tokyo Disneyland.
- May 17 - American Journeys debuts at Tokyo Disneyland.
- July 11 - Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour opens at Tokyo Disneyland.
- September 12 - Captain EO opens at Epcot.
- September 18 - Captain EO opens at Disneyland.
- October 1 - Walt Disney World celebrates its 15th anniversary, which runs until September 30, 1987.
- February 2 - After 3 years of being off the air, the Walt Disney anthology series returns to TV under the name The Disney Sunday Movie. It airs on Sunday nights on ABC. It had not had a host since the passing of Walt Disney himself in 1966, but as of this incarnation, Michael Eisner takes over the hosting duties. The first installment is a TV-movie comedy entitled Help Wanted: Kids, featuring Cindy Williams and Micheal McKean. 
- February 14 - DTV Valentine airs on NBC.
- October 9 - The Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX for short) launches as the fourth major broadcast television network in the United States.
- July - Gladstone Publishing obtains the Disney comic license and starts publishing Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Uncle Scrooge, and Walt Disney's Comics and Stories.
Home video releases
- January 7 - My Science Project (Touchstone Home Video)
- January 28
- March 4
- March 25 - The Sword in the Stone
- May 28
- August 19
- September 23 - Down and Out in Beverly Hills (Touchstone Home Video)
- October 14
- Sleeping Beauty
- Robin Hood (re-issue)
- Pinocchio (re-issue)
- Dumbo (re-issue)
- The Sword in the Stone (re-issue)
- Alice in Wonderland (re-issue)
- Ten Who Dared
- The Fighting Prince of Donegal
- The World's Greatest Athlete
- Canine Commando
- A Tale of Two Chipmunks
- The Unsinkable Donald Duck with Huey, Dewey, and Louie
- December 16 - The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit
- December 23
- January - Walt Disney Cartoon Classics: Fanciful Fables and Animal Tales
- May 28 - Mickey Knows Best/The Importance of Being Donald
- January 4 - Charlyne Yi (actress and comedian)
- January 12 - Gemma Arterton (actress)
- January 24
- February 2 - Gemma Arterton (actress)
- February 14 - Tiffany Thornton (actress and singer-songwriter)
- February 19 - Ophelia Lovibond (actress)
- February 24 - Bryce Papenbrook (voice actor)
- February 25 - Justin Berfield (actor, writer, and producer)
- February 26 - Teresa Palmer (actress and model)
- March 4 - Margo Harshman (actress)
- March 6 - Eli Marienthal (actor)
- March 9 - Brittany Snow (actress, voice actress, and singer)
- March 17 - Olesya Rulin (actress)
- March 23 - Steven Strait (actor, musician, and model)
- March 28 - Lady Gaga (singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer, activist, businesswoman, fashion designer, actress, and philanthropist)
- April 9 - Leighton Meester (actress and singer)
- April 10 - Alex Trench (former child actor)
- April 25 - John DeLuca (actor)
- May 2
- May 12 - Emily VanCamp (actress)
- May 13 - Lena Dunham (actress, writer, director, and producer)
- May 16 - Megan Fox (actress and model)
- May 17 - Tahj Mowry (actor, singer, and dancer)
- May 19 - Eric Lloyd (actor)
- May 21 - Myra (actress and singer)
- May 26 - Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey (actress and model)
- May 29 - Hornswoggle (wrestler)
- June 11 - Shia LaBeouf (actor)
- June 13
- June 18 - Richard Madden (actor)
- June 24
- June 27
- June 28 - Maya Stojan (actress)
- July 2 - Lindsay Lohan (actress and singer)
- July 5 - Adam Young (singer, musician, and songwriter)
- July 9 - Kiely Williams (singer, actress, songwriter, and dancer)
- August 1 - Elijah Kelley (actor, singer, and dancer)
- August 16 - Shawn Pyfrom (film, voice, and television actor)
- August 28 - Armie Hammer (actor)
- August 29
- September 3 - Shaun White (snowboarder and skateboarder)
- September 5 - Andrew Ducote (actor)
- September 12 - Emmy Rossum (actress and singer)
- September 14 - A.J. Trauth (actor and musician)
- September 16
- September 26 - Sarah Freeman (voice actress)
- October 2 - Camilla Belle (actress)
- October 13 - Tom Attenborough (theatre director)
- November 6 - Katie Leclerc (actress)
- November 10 - Josh Peck (actor and comedian)
- December 17 - Vanessa Zima (actress)
- December 23 - Noël Wells (actress and comedian)
- December 30 - Ellie Goulding (singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist)
- January 2 - Una Merkel (stage and film actress)
- March 25 - Gloria Blondell (voice actress)
- April 30 - Robert Stevenson (director and film writer)
- May 9 - Herschel Bernardi (film, Broadway, and television actor)
- September 28 - Hal King (animator)
- October 11 - David Hand (animator and filmmaker)
- October 14 - Keenan Wynn (actor)
- November 2 - Paul Frees (voice actor)
- November 7 - Alan Hewitt (film, television, and stage actor)
- November 11 - Roger C. Carmel (actor)
- Kirk Wise - Codirector with Gary Trousdale for Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
- Jørgen Klubien - Storyboard Artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios.