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August 16, 1955 – The Fantasyland Attraction Dumbo Flying Elephants Opens in Disneyland

Image credit: official Disneyland website

“Feel a lighthearted thrill as Dumbo lifts off the ground, leaving the cares of the world behind.”

On August 16, 1955, the popular Fantasyland attraction Dumbo Flying Elephants opened at Disneyland. The ride was based on the 1941 classic animated feature Dumbo, namely the iconic scene where Dumbo learns to fly. Guests ride in Dumbo-shaped gondolas which they control with levers to move them up and down. The ride is accompanied by the music of an authentic Gavioli organ, built in 1915, playing the familiar songs of popular Disney films.

The ride was remodeled in 1990 with parts that were supposed to be shipped to EuroDisney, but were kept in Disneyland as they were not needed as early as expected. A new attraction was built in Disneyland Paris in 1992. The ride has also been built in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, opening October 1, 1971, and Tokyo Disneyland, opening April 15, 1983.

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