May 4, 1977 – The Tomorrowland Attraction Space Mountain Opens in Disneyland
“Rocket into the outer reaches of darkest space on this high-speed thrill ride that hurtles you into the final fun frontier!”
On May 4, 1977, the Tomorrowland attraction Space Mountain opened in Disneyland. When the parks opened, there were no real thrill attractions, and Space Mountain was created to appeal to young guests that liked thrill rides. The idea of the attraction began in 1964, when Walt Disney approached John Hench to create an indoor dark roller coaster. When Disney passed away in 1966, the idea was shelved. The original Walt Disney World attraction opened on January 15, 1975. The Disneyland version is a smaller version of the one at Walt Disney World, as space limitations prevented the creation of the dual-track layout. Disneyland’s version has been replicated at Tokyo Disneyland in 1983, and Hong Kong Disneyland in 2005. It has become one of the most popular attractions in the park.