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July 16

July 16, 1955 – The Golden Horseshoe Opens for a Private Party

On July 16, 1955, the Golden Horseshoe Saloon opened for a private party for corporate sponsors of Disneyland, which was to open the next day. Though the Golden Horseshoe Revue wasn’t to begin its run until the park’s official opening day, the saloon’s private party did feature eventual show mainstay Wally Boag in his first official appearance as Pecos Bill and the Traveling Salesman.

July 15

July 15, 1955 – The Register Prints Special Disneyland Edition

“Presented in this special newspaper section are a few of the many delights and wonder that are yours to enjoy in Disneyland.”

On July 15, 1955 the Southern California newspaper The Register printed a special Disneyland 16-page advertisement, which would then be printed as a souvenir edition for guests. Printed in preparation for Disneyland’s grand opening two-days later, the ad featured glimpses into some of the attractions and areas guests would be able to enjoy upon entry. This was part of a large-scale advertising campaign for the park, as a similar ad ran in newspapers across the country with the header changed to reflect the paper in which it was printed.

June 26

June 26, 1956 – The Rainbow Ridge Pack Mules Attraction Opens in Disneyland

On June 26, 1956, the Rainbow Ridge Pack Mules attraction opened in Disneyland’s Frontierland. It was the second incarnation of a mule pack ride through Frontierland, with the Mule Pack attraction open before it from 1955 to 1956. Guests rode through Frontierland’s landscape on a ten-minute ride with a team of sometimes rather temperamental mules. The attraction ended on October 2, 1959, but reopened as Pack Mules Through Nature’s Wonderland in 1960.

June 16

June 16, 1956 – The Rafts to Tom Sawyer Island Attraction Opens in Disneyland

“Journey by log raft across the Rivers of America and discover a mysterious place rumored to contain long-lost treasure.”

On June 16, 1956, the Rafts to Tom Sawyer Island attraction opened in Disneyland’s Frontierland. The rafts take guests to Tom Sawyer Island, where they can look for the buried treasure as they immerse themselves in the stories of the classic character created by Mark Twain. The dock where guests board the rafts has moved over the years as the Frontierland area has undergone massive changes. The rafts and the island itself have the unique distinction of being the old Disneyland attraction designed by Walt Disney himself. Versions of this attraction have also opened in Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland.

June 14

June 14, 1958 – The Columbia Sailing Ship Attraction Opens in Disneyland

“Sail boldly forth into the wilderness on a full-scale replica of a majestic 3-masted ship from the 18th century.”

On June 14, 1958, the Columbia Sailing Ship attraction opened in Disneyland’s Frontierland. Based on the original ship that circumnavigated the globe in 1787, the ship was meticulously designed to be extremely accurate to the time, and includes several displays that portray life for sailors in the 18th century. The ship sails in the Rivers of America, circling the Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island.

April 26

April 26, 1958 – The First Zorro Days Event Kicks Off in Disneyland

“Yes – all of your ZORRO favorites – in person – for the first time.”

On April 26, 1958, the first event featuring the cast of the popular show Zorro, advertised as “Zorro Days,” kicked off in Disneyland. The two-day event featured appearances by the entire cast of the show, including Guy Williams, who played the titular character. The show had been an incredible success for Disney, with this live event certainly emphasizing this. The event had the cast march in parades, as well as perform in live shows in Frontierland and sign autographs. This event went on to be the first of five total events: the other events were held on May 30 through June 1, 1958; November 27 through November 30, 1958; November 26 through November 29, 1959; and November 11 through November 13, 1960.

April 5

April 5, 1956 – The Display Attraction Crane Company Bathroom of Tomorrow Opens in Disneyland

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“This fabulous bathroom, actually designed for the future, is available for your home today!”

On April 5, 1956, the display attraction Bathroom of Tomorrow opened in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. Sponsored by the Crane Plumbing Company, the attraction featured the newest ideas in designs for the bathroom, though was only meant to be viewed rather than used. Several notable designers were involved in the creation of the attraction, including Henry Dreyfuss, best known for the designs of the Hoover vacuum cleaner and the John Deere tractors. The attraction boasted many ideas deemed commonplace today, including air conditioning. Part of the attraction was interactive: guests were able to play with some faucets activated by larger wheels near the opening of the exhibit. The attraction was officially closed on August 31, 1960.