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August 16

August 16, 1958 – The Main Street Fire Truck Begins Operating in Disneyland

“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 August 16, 1958, the Main Street Fire Truck began running in Disneyland. Based on the first fire engines that operated at the turn-of-the-century, guests are able to ride down Main Street and travel all the way to the front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Versions of the Fire Truck have also been added to Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World (added on October 1, 1971), World Bazaar in Tokyo Disneyland (added on April 15, 1983), and Main Street of Disneyland Paris (added April 12, 1992).

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August 14

August 14, 1958 – The Grand Opening of the Alice in Wonderland Attraction is Held

“Don’t be late, your adventure awaits.”

On August 14, 1958, two months after the opening of the attraction, the Grand Opening Ceremony for the Alice in Wonderland dark ride was held in Disneyland. The ceremony was a grand affair, featuring Walt Disney himself riding down Main Street in a horse-drawn carriage with Mouseketeer Karen Pendleton, who was selected by Walt to play Alice for the day. Joined by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, as well as the White Rabbit, Karen was given the key to the attraction by Walt.

August 13

August 13, 2017 – The Great Movie Ride Attraction Closes

“A spectacular journey into the movies.”

On August 13, 2017, the Hollywood Studios attraction The Great Movie Ride officially closed. Open since May 1, 1989, the attraction was a ride-through tour that brought guests to the movies allowing them to venture into the scenes of some of the world’s most beloved films, including Alien, Mary Poppins, and Casablanca. The attraction was sponsored by Turner Classic Movies starting in 2014, featuring host and film historian Robert Osborne as the narrator through the films. The closing of this attraction makes it the final attraction from Hollywood Studios’ opening day to close.

July 22

July 22, 1989 – The Display Disneyland Presents a Preview of Coming Attractions Closes

On July 22, 1989, the Main Street display Disneyland Presents a Preview of Coming Attractions permanently closed. Originally opening in 1973, the display showed proposed and planned attractions for the California theme park, complete with artists’ renderings, notes, and models by the Imagineers. This display took the place of the Legacy of Walt Disney area, as most of the items from that attraction were moved to the Walt Disney Story area. After Preview of Coming Attractions closed, it was replace by the Disneyland Showcase, a shop that, as of 2018, still stands on Main Street.

July 7

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July 7, 2006 – The Pirates of the Caribbean Attraction Reopens

“Drink up me hearties, yo ho.”

On July 7, 2006, the popular attraction Pirates of the Caribbean reopened after an extensive refurbishment that added an audio-animatronic figures of the character Jack Sparrow from the franchise of the same name. The reopening of the attraction coincided with the release of the second film in the series, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. Jack Sparrow appears in a few scenes within the attraction, including hiding behind a dressmaker’s dummy, peering out of a barrel, and celebrating his good fortune after finding and collecting treasure.

July 6

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July 6, 1994 – The Captain EO Attraction Closes

“We are here to change the world.”

On July 6, 1994, the 3D musical film attraction Captain EO closed in Walt Disney World’s Epcot Park. Opening on September 12, 1986, the attraction featured pop star Michael Jackson in a science fiction musical adventure, with Jackson playing the titular role and fighting against the Supreme Leader (played by Anjelica Huston) and her army of darkness. The film was popular enough to become an attraction in the other Disney Parks, including Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Disneyland. The last version of the attraction was officially closed in 1998; after Jackson’s death in 2009, the attraction was brought back to the parks for a limited time.

July 4

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July 4, 1977 – New West Magazine Publishes Article on Space Mountain

“…Space Mountain puts you in a drama you can believe viscerally. People stagger off looking as if they had been to outer space…”

On July 4, 1977, an edition of New West magazine was published; it was founded by Clay Felker in 1976 to cover all aspects of life in California. In this issue, writer Charlie Haas takes a look at Disneyland’s newest attraction, Space Mountain. He notes that the ride, after opening in May, is still immensely popular, with people waiting up to four hours to ride the attraction. After noting the costs for the attraction, and the complexities in creating it, Haas notes that “Space Mountain is perhaps the world’s best amusement park ride…because its many devices are combined so effectively.” He then describes the attraction in detail, and how the attraction was built.