- Buena Vista Games is founded, Disney Interactive and Buena Vista Interactive being subsidiaries in the process.
- Disney loses the rights to King Louie following a lawsuit with Gia Prima for not paying royalties and impersonation of her husband's voice.
- October 24 - Disney purchases Fox Family Worldwide from News Corporation and Saban Entertainment. The buyout included the Fox Family channel, rights to Fox Kids shows and channels in Europe and Latin America (including their stake in Fox Kids Europe N.V.), the Saban Entertainment library, Saban International Paris and other subsidiaries. Fox Family Worldwide is renamed ABC Family Worldwide. 17 days later, Fox Family became ABC Family. Saban Entertainment is renamed to BVS Entertainment and Saban International Paris was sold off to become an independent studio.
- January 5 - Chocolat (Miramax Films)
- January 12 - Double Take (Touchstone Pictures)
- February 9 - The Taste of Others (Miramax Films)
- February 16 - Recess: School's Out is released to favorable to mixed reviews and becomes a box office failure.
- March 7 - Blow Dry (Miramax Films)
- March 9 - Get Over It (Miramax Films)
- March 30 - Spy Kids (Dimension Films)
- April 6 - Just Visiting (Hollywood Pictures) is released to negative reviews from critic and it was final production work from Hollywood Pictures before it folded to Touchstone Pictures.
- April 13 - Bridget Jones's Diary (Miramax Films)
- May 11 - Calle 54 (Miramax Films)
- May 18 - About Adam (Miramax Films)
- May 25 - Pearl Harbor (Touchstone Pictures)
- June 15 - Atlantis: The Lost Empire is released to mixed reviews and moderate commercial success.
- June 29 - Crazy/Beautiful (Touchstone Pictures)
- July 4 - Scary Movie 2 (Dimension Films)
- August 3 - The Princess Diaries is released to mixed reviews, but becomes a box office success.
- August 10 - The Others (Miramax Films)
- August 24 - Bubble Boy (Touchstone Pictures) and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (Dimension Films)
- September 7 - New Port South (Touchstone Pictures)
- October 5 - Max Keeble's Big Move is released to negative reviews and bombs at the box office.
- October 12 - Corky Romano (Touchstone Pictures)
- October 26 - High Heels and Low Lifes (Touchstone Pictures)
- November 2 - Monsters, Inc. is released as a box office hit and receives universal acclaim.
- November 16 - Amélie (Miramax Films)
- November 21 - Out Cold (Touchstone Pictures)
- November 30 - Texas Rangers (Dimension Films)
- December 7 - 'Twas the Night
- December 14 - The Other Side of Heaven and The Royal Tenenbaums (Touchstone Pictures)
- January 12 - Lizzie McGuire premieres on the Disney Channel.
- January 13 - House of Mouse premieres on ABC; Buzz Lightyear of Star Command airs its final episode on ABC.
- January 22 - The Book of Pooh premieres on Playhouse Disney.
- February 3 - Lloyd in Space premieres on ABC.
- April 5 - The Disney Channel debuts in Brazil.
- April 13 - Hounded, a Disney Channel Original Movie, premieres.
- June 8 - Jett Jackson: The Movie, a Disney Channel Original Movie, premieres.
- July 13 - The Jeannie Project, a Disney Channel Original Movie, premieres.
- September 1 - The Legend of Tarzan premieres in syndication.
- September 15 - The Proud Family premieres on the Disney Channel and Stanley premieres on Playhouse Disney.
- September 28 - So Weird airs its final episode on the Disney Channel.
- September 30 - Alias airs on ABC.
- October 2 - Bob Patterson premieres on ABC.
- October 3 - According to Jim premieres on ABC.
- November 21 - Recess, after four years as one of the most popular shows on ABC's One Saturday Morning, airs its final episode. It would remain in reruns on ABC until fall 2004. A direct-to-video epilogue and prequel are released two years later.
- November 28 - Pepper Ann airs its final episode on UPN.
- January 24 - Winnie the Pooh Baby for PC
- March 15 - Disney's Aladdin in Nasira's Revenge for PlayStation (North America only)
- April 27 - Disney's Phonics Quest and Winnie the Pooh Kindergarten for PC
- June 1 - Mickey Saves the Day 3D Adventure
- October 2 - Winnie the Pooh: ABC's and Winnie the Pooh: 123's Disney Learning Toddler and Preschool for PC
- October 25 - Monsters, Inc. Scream Team Training for PC
- November 6- Rolie Polie Olie: The Search For Spot for PC
- November 14 - Tarzan Untamed for PlayStation 2
- November 15 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for Game Boy Color
- November 17 - Tarzan Untamed for GameCube
- October 21 - The Book of Pooh: Rhyme Time
Home video releases
VHS & DVD releases
- January 9
- Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You
- Rolie Polie Olie: Happy Hearts Day
- January 16
- January 23
- January 30 - Dinosaur
- February 2 - Clerks: The Animated Series Uncensored (VHS only; Miramax Home Entertainment)
- February 20 - Clerks: The Animated Series Uncensored (DVD only; Miramax Home Entertainment)
- March 1 - Alley Cats Strike
- March 13 - The Crew
- March 20
- March 27 - Reindeer Games - Director's Cut
- April 3 - 102 Dalmatians
- April 10 - The Love Bug
- May 1 - The Emperor's New Groove
- July 3 - Dracula 2000
- July 17
- August 7 - Recess: School's Out
- September 11
- September 18 - Principal Takes a Holiday and Spy Kids
- October 9 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Platinum Edition (DVD only)
- October 23
- November 6
- November 27 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Platinum Edition (VHS only)
- December 4 - Pearl Harbor
- December 18
- May 1 - The Emperor's New Groove: The Ultimate Groove Edition
- December 4 - Walt Disney Treasures Wave 1
Theme park happenings
- January 9 - Downtown Disney opens at the Disneyland Resort.
- January 14 - Collector pins begin to be given out at the Disney Parks.
- February 8 - Disney's California Adventure opens at Disneyland Resort.
- February 8 - Muppet*Vision 3D opens at Disney's California Adventure.
- March 28 - The Sorcerer's Hat opens at Disney-MGM Studios and becomes the park's icon, replacing the Earful Tower.
- April 1 - The Main Street Electrical Parade ends its run at the Magic Kingdom.
- April 2 - SpectroMagic returns to the Magic Kingdom.
- April 7 - Who Wants to Be a Millionaire – Play It! debuts at Disney-MGM Studios.
- April 16 - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge opens.
- April 27 - The Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register reports that the Rocket Rods at Disneyland will never reopen due to many factors.
- May 1 - The Disney's Animal Kingdom attraction Countdown to Extinction changes its name to DINOSAUR.
- May 6 - A tree in Frontierland at Disneyland, which had been there since the park opened, falls over, injuring 29 people.
- May 12 - Doug Live! closes at the Disney-MGM Studios, due to the show's cancellation from ABC.
- May 24 - The Magic Carpets of Aladdin opens at the Magic Kingdom.
- July 4 - Disney's Electrical Parade begins performing at Disney's California Adventure.
- July 17- Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln receives an upgrade.
- July 27 - The Disney Resort Line of the Tokyo Disney Resort goes into service.
- September 4 - Tokyo DisneySea opens at the Tokyo Disney Resort.
- September 9 - The Country Bear Jamboree closes at Disneyland.
- September 11 and 12 - Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World close due to the terrorist attacks in the northeast. Hotels in both resorts remained open.
- September 13 - Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - Play It! premieres at Disney's California Adventure to very low crowds, due to the terrorist attacks halting travel two days before.
- October 1
- October 3 - Haunted Mansion Holiday, the seasonal overlay of The Haunted Mansion, debuts at Disneyland.
- November 2 - Disney's River Country closes.
- January 23 - Recess: School's Out
- March 27 - Cruella's Favorite Villain Songs
- May 22 - Atlantis: The Lost Empire
- September 11 - Playhouse Disney
- October 23 - Monsters Inc.
- February 27 - Angel, Annette, Collette, and Danielle, Buster, Reggie, Francois, Sparky, Mooch, Ruby, Scratchy, Otis, the Dogcatcher
- June 15 - Milo Thatch, Kida Nedakh, Lyle Tiberius Rourke, Gaetan Molière, Helga Sinclair, Preston B. Whitmore, Joshua Sweet, Kashekim Nedakh, Vincenzo Santorini, Audrey Ramirez, Wilhelmina Packard, Fenton Q. Harcourt, Jebidiah Allardyce "Cookie" Farnsworth
- August 3 - Mia Thermopolis, Queen Clarisse Renaldi, Lana Thomas, Helen Thermopolis, Josh Bryant
- September 15 - Penny Proud, Dijonay Jones, Zoey Howzer, LaCienega Boulevardez, Suga Mama, Oscar Proud, Trudy Proud, BeBe & CeCe Proud, Puff, Sticky Webb, Felix Boulevardez, Sunset Boulevardez, Papi Boulevardez, the Gross Sisters
- October 5 - Max Keeble, Megan, Troy McGinty, Don Keeble, Lily Keeble, Evil Ice Cream Man, Principal Elliot T. Jindrake, Jenna, Chelsea
- November 2 - James P. Sullivan, Mike Wazowski, Boo, Randall Boggs, Henry J. Waternoose, Celia Mae, Roz, Yeti, Fungus, Flint, Thaddeus Bile, Needleman and Smitty, George Sanderson
- February 15 - Haley Tju (actress)
- February 21 - Isabella Acres (actress and voice actress)
- February 23 - Lilla Crawford (actress, singer, and dancer)
- April 15 - Django Marsh (voice actor)
- August 5 - Josie Totah (actress)
- August 6 - Harley Graham (actress)
- August 8 - Aubrey K. Miller (actress, singer, model, and dancer)
- August 30 - Sean Ryan Fox (child actor and voice actor)
- September 4 - Tenzing Norgay Trainor (actor)
- October 9 - Joshua Carlon (actor and voice actor)
- October 12 - Raymond Ochoa (actor)
- October 14 - Rowan Blanchard (actress, singer, model, and dancer)
- December 2 - Dusan Brown (actor)
- December 14 - Joshua Rush (actor)
- December 28 - Madison De La Garza (actress)
- January 26 - Thor Putnam (layout artist)
- February 17 - John Sutherland (producer, writer, animator, and voice actor)
- May 10 - Deborah Walley (actress)
- May 11 - Douglas Adams (writer)
- June 26 - Paul Berry (stop-motion animator and director)
- July 15 - Ted Berman (animator, director, and writer)
- August 4 - Lorenzo Music (actor, writer, television producer, and musician)
- August 23 - Kathleen Freeman (actress)
- September 13 - Dorothy McGuire (actress)
- September 23 - Elton Hayes (actor and guitarist)
- November 29 - George Harrison (singer)
- December 26 - Nigel Hawthorne (actor)
- December 30 - Ray Patterson (animator, producer, and director)
- December 31 - David Swift (screenwriter, animator, director, and producer)