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May 12, 1956 – The First Main Street Horseless Carriage Operates in Disneyland

Take a ride in the yellow automobile. Or more appropriately, the Yellow Horseless Carriage. This vehicle, designed by Disney Legend Bob Gurr, first appeared on Main Street U.S.A. at Disneyland on December 6, 1956, and was the second of two Horseless Carriages to ride up and down the street carrying park guests. The first was the Red Horseless Carriage, which appeared May 12, 1956. The motorized Fire Engine appeared August 16, 1958. Prior to its appearance, there was a horse-drawn fire wagon that would carry park guests that debuted on the park's opening day, July 17, 1955. The fire wagon is now on permanent display inside the Disneyland Fire Department fire station.

“Travel back in time during a breezy, one-way drive down Main Street, U.S.A in a charming turn-of-the-century vehicle.”

On May 12, 1956, the first Main Street Horseless Carriage began operating in Disneyland. The vehicles, designed by Imagineers to match the turn-of-the-century look of Main Street, take guests around Main Street all the way up to Sleeping Beauty Castle. The Horseless Carriages were also placed in Walt Disney World (starting operation on October 1, 1971), as well as Tokyo Disneyland (starting operation on April 15, 1983).

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