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An overview of Disney-related events that occured in 2001.
- February 10 - Recess: School's Out (premiere)
- February 16 - Recess: School's Out is released to favorable and mixed reviews and becomes a box office failure.
- April 6 - Just Visiting (Hollywood Pictures) is released to negative reviews from critics and was the final production from Hollywood Pictures before it folded to Touchstone Pictures.
- June 15 - Atlantis: The Lost Empire is released to mixed reviews and moderate commercial success.
- August 3 - The Princess Diaries is released to mixed reviews, but becomes a box office success.
- October 5 - Max Keeble's Big Move is released to mixed reviews and bombs at the box office.
- November 2 - Monsters, Inc. is released as a box office hit and receives universal acclaim.
- November 21 - Out Cold (Touchstone Pictures)
- December 7 - 'Twas the Night
- December 14 - The Other Side of Heaven (Touchstone Pictures)
- January 1 - Walt Disney World Millennium Celebration ends.
- Millennium Village closes at Epcot.
- January 2 - Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa opens at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.
- January 9 - Downtown Disney opens at the Disneyland Resort.
- January 14 - Collector pins begin to be given out at the Disney Parks.
- February 8
- March 28 - The Sorcerer's Hat opens at Disney-MGM Studios and becomes the park's icon, replacing the Earffel 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
- September 11 and 12 - Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort close due to the terrorist attacks in the northeast. Hotels in both resorts remain 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.
- September 24 - Tapestry of Dreams premiered at Epcot.
- October 1
- October 3 - Haunted Mansion Holiday, the seasonal overlay of The Haunted Mansion, debuts at Disneyland.
- October 7 - Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough closes at Disneyland.
- October 8 - Journey Into Your Imagination closes at Epcot.
- November 2 - Disney's River Country closes at Walt Disney World, since it was celebrated the 25th and final anniversary of this water park in June 20, 2001.
- January 12 - Lizzie McGuire and Zenon: The Zequel premiere 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.
- February 16 - Motocrossed premieres on the Disney Channel.
- March 9 - The Luck of the Irish premieres on the Disney Channel.
- April 5 - The Disney Channel debuts in Brazil.
- April 13 - Hounded premieres on the Disney Channel.
- June 8 - Jett Jackson: The Movie premieres on the Disney Channel.
- July 13 - The Jennie Project premieres on the Disney Channel.
- August 17 - Jumping Ship premieres on the Disney Channel.
- September 1 - The Legend of Tarzan premieres in syndication.
- September 14 - The Poof Point premieres on the Disney Channel.
- 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.
- October 12 - Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge premieres on the Disney Channel.
- 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.
- October 21 - The Book of Pooh: Rhyme Time
- January 24 - Winnie the Pooh Baby for PC
- March 15 - Disney's Aladdin in Nasira's Revenge for PlayStation (North America only)
- March 29 - Dance Dance Revolution GB Disney Mix for Game Boy Color (Japan only)
- April 27 - Disney's Phonics Quest and Winnie the Pooh Kindergarten for PC
- 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
- November 22 - Adventure of Tokyo Disney Sea for Game Boy Advance (Japan)
- December 20 - Adventure of Tokyo Disney Sea for PlayStation 2 (Japan)
Home video releases
VHS & DVD releases
- January 9
- January 16
- January 23
- January 30 - Dinosaur
- February 12 - American Legends
- February 27 - Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure
- March 20
- April 3 - 102 Dalmatians
- April 10 - The Love Bug
- May 1
- June 5 - Oliver & Company (VHS only)
- July 17
- August 7 - Recess: School's Out
- September 11
- September 18 - Principal Takes a Holiday
- 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 - Walt Disney Treasures Wave 1 (DVD only)
- December 18
- January 23 - Recess: School's Out
- February 27 - Disney's Greatest Volumes 1 and 2
- March 27 - Cruella's Favorite Villain Songs
- May 22 - Atlantis: The Lost Empire
- September 11 - Playhouse Disney
- October 23 - Monsters Inc.
- 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, the Fox Kids brand name, rights to the Fox Kids/Fox Children’s Productions library of shows and Fox Kids channels in Europe and Latin America (including their 75.7% majority 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 1 - Walt Disney World's Millennium Celebration comes to an end.
- April 20 - EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival runs until June 11.
- October 20 - EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival runs until November 19.
- After 1 year, the last videos in the Walt Disney Gold Classic Collection were The Sword in the Stone, Oliver & Company (Canadian copy only), and Bedknobs and Broomsticks, followed by the Platinum Edition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in October 2001.
- January 12 - Lizzie McGuire, Miranda Sanchez, David Gordon, Matt McGuire, Jo McGuire, Sam McGuire, Kate Sanders, Danny Kessler, Claire Miller
- January 13 - Microphone Mike
- January 26 - Ruby Mendel
- February 2 - Monique Taylor
- February 3 - Lloyd Nebulon, Captain Nora Nebulon, Francine Nebulon, Eddie Horton, Kurt Blobberts, Douglas McNoggin, Mrs. Bolt, Station, Megan Uno, Rodney Glaxer, Violet, Frank Horton, Brittany Boviak
- February 8 - Vitale Robustelli, Swifty La Rue, Camellia Falco, Patrick
- February 10 - Tasha
- February 16 - Dr. Phillium Benedict, Becky Detweiler, Kojak, Secret Service Look-Alike Agents, Dr. Rosenthal, Professor Fenwick
- February 27 - Angel, Buster, Reggie, Francois, Sparky, Mooch, Ruby, Scratchy, Otis, the Dogcatcher
- March 3 - Pru
- March 11 - Gwyn, Robin Hood
- May 4 - Angel Lieberman
- June 1 - Lanny Onasis
- 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, Thaddeus Thatch, Queen of Atlantis
- June 19 - Millicent
- August 3 - Mia Thermopolis, Queen Clarisse Renaldi, Lana Thomas, Helen Thermopolis, Josh Bryant, Anna and Fontana
- September 4 - Renard Dumont, Sindbad, Chandu, Crystal Skull, Paco
- September 5 - Nuru and Sheeta
- September 6 - Queen La, Leopard Men
- September 7 - Hugo and Hooft, Lieutenant Colonel Staquait
- 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, Michael Collins, Coach Collins, Stanley Griff, Joyce Griff, Mark Griff, Harry, Elsie, Dennis
- September 16 - Dania
- September 21 - Wizard Kelly, Myron Lewinski, Omar Phillips, Melina Bianco
- September 24 - Samuel T. Philander
- September 25 - Hista
- September 26 - Abigail Markham
- September 28 - Bobby Proud, Ginger S. Kelly, Ajay, Tristan the Magician
- October 5 - Max Keeble, Megan, Troy McGinty, Don Keeble, Lily Keeble, Evil Ice Cream Man, Principal Elliot T. Jindrake, Jenna, Chelsea, Robe, Dobbs, Daniella Sanchez, Mega
- October 8 - Naoh, Muviro
- October 9 - Zutho, Gozan and Hungo
- October 10 - Helga
- October 12 - The Chang Triplets, Mr. Chang, Red-Nosed Baby, Timothy Smythe, Crandall Smythe, Cindy
- October 14 - Tublat
- October 19 - Frankie White
- October 31 - Finster Zombies
- 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, Trailer Son and Mom, Dr. Payne, Funny Toned Security Guard, Carlos, CDA
- November 4 - The Tylers
- November 9 - Percy Proud
- November 29 - Tasha
- December 7 - Stephanie, Danny Wrigley
- December 10 - Grandma Griff
- December 14 - Sergi
- January 19 - Tyler Merna (actor and voice actor)
- February 15 - Haley Tju (actress and voice actress)
- February 21 - Isabella Acres (actress and voice actress)
- February 23 - Lilla Crawford (actress, singer, and dancer)
- March 6 - Milo Manheim (actor)
- April 15 - Django Marsh (actor and voice actor)
- June 1 - Ed Oxenbould (actor)
- July 3 - Avalon Robbins (model and actress)
- August 5 - Josie Totah (actress)
- August 6
- August 8 - Aubrey K. Miller (actress)
- August 30 - Sean Ryan Fox (actor and voice actor)
- September 4 - Tenzing Norgay Trainor (actor)
- October 9 - Joshua Carlon (actor and voice actor)
- October 12 - Raymond Ochoa (actor, voice actor, and musician)
- October 14 - Rowan Blanchard (actress, singer, model, and dancer)
- November 15 - Sadie Stanley (actress and singer)
- December 13 - Harley Bird (actress)
- December 14 - Joshua Rush (actor and voice actor)
- January 26 - Thor Putnam (layout artist)
- February 17 - John Sutherland (producer, writer, animator, and voice actor)
- May 10 - Deborah Walley (actress and voice actress)
- May 11 - Douglas Adams (writer)
- May 18 - Maurice Noble (animation production designer, animation background artist, and layout designer)
- May 19 - Mike Sammes (vocal arranger and session musician/singer)
- July 15 - Ted Berman (film director, animator, and screenwriter)
- August 4 - Lorenzo Music (actor, voice actor, writer, producer, and musician)
- August 23 - Kathleen Freeman (actress)
- September 13 - Dorothy McGuire (actress)
- November 29 - George Harrison (musician)
- December 26 - Nigel Hawthorne (actor)
- December 31 - David Swift (screenwriter, animator, director, and producer)