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August 22

August 22, 1956 – The Carefree Corner Opens in Disneyland

On August 22, 1956, the Carefree Corner guest registration area opened on Disneyland’s Main Street. As guests traveled from all over the world to visit the park, the area contained special guest books for each state in the United States, along with several other countries, in which guests could sign. The area also acted as the main information hub on Main Street, offering guests guidebooks when they were first made available in 1965. The area closed in 1985, and was replaced with Card Corner until 1988, when it picked up the Carefree Corner moniker again until 1994.

August 21

August 21, 1995 – The PeopleMover Attraction Closes

“Ride tomorrow’s transportation…today!”

On August 21, 1995, the PeopleMover attraction in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland closed. Originally opening in 1967, and given major updates in 1977 and 1982 (with the latter promoting the movie Tron), the attraction was eventually closed as it seemed no longer an innovative attraction keeping with Tomorrowland’s theme of the future. A similar attraction was opened in Walt Disney World in 1975, originally called the WEDway PeopleMover (renamed to the Tomorrowland Transit Authority in 1994). The Disneyland attraction’s technology was replicated in the Houston International Airport for their PeopleMover.

August 11

August 11, 1955 – Casa de Fritos Opens in Disneyland

“Enjoy delicious Mexican foods at Casa de Fritos”

On August 11, 1955, the restaurant Casa de Fritos opened in Disneyland’s Frontierland. Serving Mexican food, the restaurant was famed for its specialty vending machine where kids could get a bag of Fritos chips by the Frito Kid. Guests could order dishes such as Frito Chili Pie for 55 cents, three tamales for 35 cents, and a Mexican combination plate for only $1.00; Fritos were provided for free with every dish. The restaurant was given an upgrade and a new name – Casa Mexicana – on October 1, 1982, and would go on to become Rancho del Zocalo on February 6, 2001.

August 6

August 6, 1970 – Yippies Invade Disneyland

“The youths, who were participating in what was called a Yippie ‘invasion,’ had shouted obscenities and had pulled down red, white and blue bunting hanging near Disneyland’s make believe City Hall.”

On August 6, 1970, the Youth International Party, known as “Yippies,” held a “takeover” of Disneyland. Among the activies and groups attending included a Black Panther breakfast at the Aunt Jemima Pancake House, a liberation of Minnie Mouse by the Women’s Liberation, and meeting of the Self Defensive Collective at the shooting gallery in Frontierland. As the intention for this day had been made public, Anaheim law enforcement had been placed on high alert and given riot training, as they have been told that the Yippies would be heavily armed and planning an attack on the Bank of America on Main Street. Though it had been predicted that between 20,000 and 200,000 Yippies would show up to the park, only about 300 actually participated in the events.

Though several caused some strange activities that day, nothing serious occurred in the park until about 5pm, when two groups of Yippies boarded the rafts and headed to Tom Sawyer Island. After they replaced the United States Flag with the Yippie flag and attempted to get a rise out of nearby tourists, park officials decided to take a preemptive strike and close the park before there were any altercations between the Yippies and the park guests. As the Yippies were pushed down Main Street, they were greeted with a band of guests singing “God Bless America.” This led to another altercation, and another swift push to get the Yippies out of Disneyland. While there was some minor damage done to the park property, the overall protest did little to disrupt the park’s operations until the early closing.

August 1

August 1, 1955 – Disneyland Appears in Popular Science

“Disneyland – a steel-and-concrete Never-Never Land for youngsters – has come to life at Anaheim, Calif.”

On August 1, 1955, the magazine Popular Science featured a brief article about the newest theme park: Disneyland. The article mostly covers the trains of the Disneyland Railroad, along with a picture of a model of the front of the park.

July 30

July 30, 1955 – The Tomorrowland Boats Attraction Opens in Disneyland

On July 30, 1955, the Tomorrowland Boats attraction opened in Disneyland. The boats were located between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland in the Tomorrowland Lagoon, which would go on to house the Submarine Voyage attraction. The Tomorrowland Boats have since been given the unfortunate distinction of being one of the first attractions to close, as it didn’t even last six months, closing on January 15, 1956. It was replaced by the Phantom Boats attraction.

July 24

July 24, 1966 – The Shop Cristal d’Orleans Opens in Disneyland

“Cut a groove through the bayou to come across exceptionally etched pieces of crystal.”

On July 24, 1966, the glassware store Cristal d’Orleans opened in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square. The store sells specialty glassware, including tiaras, figurines, and cups, and is sponsored by the Arribas Brothers, who have their special glass pieces featured in several Disney parks.