- Disney buys New York-based animation studio Jumbo Pictures. The company would produce three shows for Disney.
- Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere leave Nickelodeon to pitch Recess to Walt Disney Television. It would premiere a year later.
- February 2 - Gerry Laybourne, former president of Nickelodeon, is hired as the new president of the newly founded Disney/ABC Television Networks.
- March 21 - Disneyland unveils its plans to renovate Tomorrowland. The project would be completed in 1998.
- March 23 - Disney and McDonald's sign a 10-year national promotion alliance, which begin in January 1997.
- October - Production begins on Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
- February 2 - White Squall (Hollywood Pictures)
- February 16 - Muppet Treasure Island
- February 23 - Before and After (Hollywood Pictures with Caravan Pictures)
- March 1 - Up Close & Personal (Touchstone Pictures)
- March 8 - Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco
- March 29 - Oliver & Company (re-release)
- April 12 - James and the Giant Peach
- April 19 - Celtic Pride (Hollywood Pictures with Caravan Pictures)
- May 3 - Last Dance (Touchstone Pictures)
- May 24 - Spy Hard (Hollywood Pictures)
- May 31 - Eddie (Hollywood Pictures)
- June 7 - The Rock (Hollywood Pictures)
- June 21 - The Hunchback of Notre Dame is released to positive reviews.
- August 2 - Emma (Miramax Films)
- August 9 - Jack (Hollywood Pictures)
- August 30 - First Kid (with Caravan Pictures)
- September 13 - The Rich Man's Wife (Hollywood Pictures with Caravan Pictures)
- October 4 - D3: The Mighty Ducks
- October 25 - The Associate (Hollywood Pictures)
- November 8 - Ransom (Touchstone Pictures)
- November 20 - The War at Home (Touchstone Pictures)
- November 27 - 101 Dalmatians (with Great Oaks Entertainment)
- December 25 - Evita (Hollywood Pictures)
Theme park happenings
- January 2 - World of Motion closes at Epcot.
- January 21 - Universe of Energy closes at Epcot.
- January 27 - Toy Story Funhouse opens at Disneyland.
- March 11 - Mickey's Starland Show closes.
- April 15 - Toontown opens at Tokyo Disneyland.
- September - The Remember the Magic Parade premieres at the Magic Kingdom to prepare for its 25th anniversary.
- September 1 - Captain EO closes at Tokyo Disneyland.
- September 6 - Night of Joy 1996 begins at the Magic Kingdom.
- September 15 - Ellen's Energy Adventure opens at Epcot.
- September 21 - IllumiNations 25 opens at Epcot.
- September 28 - Walt Disney World's Grand Prix Speedway is renamed Tomorrowland Speedway.
- October 1 - Walt Disney World celebrates its 25th anniversary. Also, Mickey's Starland is renamed Mickey's Toontown Fair.
- November 25 - Main Street Electrical Parade closes at Disneyland.
- The Disney Channel premiere film, Susie Q, premieres on the Disney Channel. The Bug Hunt is released on the Disney Channel for the "Create a Great Story" Contest.
- March 8 - Muppets Tonight premieres on ABC.
- June 6 - The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Festival of Fun Musical Spectacular premieres.
- September 3 - Quack Pack premieres in syndication.
- September 5 - Brand Spanking New Doug (formerly on Nickelodeon), Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series, and Jungle Cubs premiere on ABC.
- September 7 - Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles premieres on ABC.
- October 25 - Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh premieres on CBS.
- April 11 - Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow for Super NES
- April 24 - Animated StoryBook: Toy Story
- August 24 - Toy Story: Activity Center
- September - Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow for PC
- November - Pinocchio for Super NES
- November 11 - Animated StoryBook: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Home video releases
- January 9
- January 30 - Timon and Pumbaa's Wild Adventures (1-3)
- February 13
- February 14 - Muppet Sing Alongs: Muppet Treasure Island and Muppet Sing Alongs: Things That Fly
- February 20
- Jasmine's Enchanted Tales: Magic and Mystery
- February 28 - Pocahontas
- March 5
- March 19 - The Tie That Binds (Hollywood Pictures Home Video)
- March 27 - The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- April 9
- Aladdin's Arabian Adventures: Fearless Friends and Team Genie
- Jasmine's Enchanted Tales: True Hearts
- Splash (re-issue; Touchstone Home Video)
- The Rescue (re-issue; Touchstone Home Video)
- April 16
- April 24
- April 30 - Tom and Huck
- May 7 - Dead Presidents (Hollywood Pictures Home Video)
- May 8 - Timon and Pumbaa's Wild Adventures (4-6)
- May 14
- Feast of July (Touchstone Home Video)
- Powder (Hollywood Pictures Home Video)
- June 11 - Father of the Bride Part II (Touchstone Home Video)
- June 25 - Disney Sing Along Songs: Topsy Turvy, Let's Go to the Circus!, Campout at Walt Disney World and Beach Party at Walt Disney World
- July 2 - Mr. Holland's Opus (Hollywood Pictures Home Video)
- July 9 - Nixon (Hollywood Pictures Home Video)
- July 30 - Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco
- August 13 - White Squall (Hollywood Pictures Home Video)
- August 20 - Mr. Wrong (Touchstone Home Video)
- September 10
- September 17 - Hidden Assassin (Miramax Home Entertainment)
- September 24
- October 15
- October 29
- November 5
- November 26 - Disney Sing Along Songs: Pongo and Perdita
- December 17 - Life with Mikey
- December 24 - Mickey's Christmas Carol
- March 5 - Oliver & Company (re-release; some songs rearranged)
- March 26 - Songs from the AristoCats and Bibbidi Bobbidi Bach
- January 6 - Oana Gregory (Romanian actress)
- January 15 - Dove Cameron (actress and singer)
- January 18 - Sarah Gilman (actress)
- February 9
- February 17 - Sasha Pieterse (actress and singer-songwriter)
- February 28 - Bobb'e J. Thompson (actor, rapper, and comedian)
- March 18 - Madeline Carroll (actress)
- April 3 - Sarah Jeffery (actress, singer, and dancer)
- April 6 - Miranda May (actress)
- April 10 - Audrey Whitby (actress and comedienne)
- April 14 - Abigail Breslin (actress)
- April 25 - Allisyn Ashley Arm (actress and comedienne)
- May 9
- May 15 - Birdy (singer)
- May 17 - Ryan Ochoa (actor)
- June 2 - Morissette Amon (singer)
- June 12 - Anna Margaret (actress and singer)
- July 20 - Joey Bragg (actor)
- July 23 - Rachel G. Fox (actress, singer, and musician)
- July 30 - Austin North (actor)
- July 31 - Blake Michael (actor and director)
- August 1 - Cymphonique Miller (actress and singer)
- September 1 - Zendaya (actress and singer)
- September 6 - Alex Christian Jones (actor)
- September 12 - Colin Ford (actor, voice actor, and model)
- September 15 - Jake Cherry (actor)
- October 5 - Mary Gibbs (voice actress)
- November 19 - Gabrielle Elyse (actress)
- November 22 - Madison Davenport (actress and singer)
- December 6 - Stefanie Scott (actress and singer)
- December 8 - Teala Dunn (actress and singer)
- December 11 - Hailee Steinfeld (actress, singer, and model)
- December 29 - Dylan Minnette (actor)
- February 2
- April 6 - Greer Garson (actress)
- May 6 - Ed Love (animator)
- May 24 - John Abbott (character actor)
- June 5 - Vito Scotti (veteran character actor)
- July 15 - Dana Hill (actress and voice actor)
- August 18 - Al Bertino (animator)
- September 14 - Juliet Prowse (dancer)
- February 16 - Polly Lobster, Clueless Morgan, Mad Monty, Angel Marie, Old Tom, Calico, Black Dog, Blind Pew
- March 8 - Riley, Delilah, Bando, Sledge, Stokey, Spike, Ashcan and Pete, Jack and Ralph
- April 12 - James Henry Trotter, Aunt Spiker, Aunt Sponge, Magic Man, Crocodile Tongues, Mr. Centipede, Mr. Grasshopper, Earthworm, Mrs. Ladybug, Miss Spider, Glowworm, Rhino, Robot Shark, Skeleton Pirates
- June 21 - Quasimodo, Esmeralda, Judge Claude Frollo, Phoebus, Clopin, Archdeacon, Victor, Hugo, and Laverne, Djali, Frollo's soldiers, Quasimodo's father, Snowball, Quasimodo's mother, Achilles, Old Prisoner, Brutish and Oafish Guards
- August 13 - Sa'Luk, Cassim
- November 27 - Herbert, Alonzo, Mr. Skinner, Jewel, Dipstick, Fidget, Two-Tone, Whizzer, Kipper