March 24, 1956 – The Tomorrowland Attraction Astro-Jets Opens in Disneyland
“Pilot your very own rocket ship high in the sky above Tomorrowland…”
On March 24, 1956, the Tomorrowland attraction Astro-Jets opened in Disneyland. The attraction has gone through several renamings and redesigns. In 1964, the attraction was known as the Tomorrowland Jets, until 1966, when it was closed to make way for a refurbishment of Tomorrowland. The new incarnation of the attraction returned in 1967, and was renamed the Rocket Jets. In 1997, the attraction was closed again when Tomorrowland needed renovations. The newest version of the attraction, the Astro Orbiter, opened in 1998. The attraction itself is similar to Dumbo the Flying Elephant, where guests board their vessel and, while spinning around a central column, use a lever to drive the vessel up and down, giving guests a birds-eye view of the park.