RSS Feed

Tag Archives: Disneyland

December 26

December 26, 1957 – The Featurette Mars and Beyond is Released to Theaters

“In this exciting age when everyone seems to be talking about the future possibilities of space travel, there’s much speculation on what we will discover when we visit other worlds.”

On December 26, 1957, the featurette Mars and Beyond was released to theaters. Originally featured as an episode of the Disneyland anthology series Disneyland on December 4, 1957, it was directed by famed Nine Old Men animator Ward Kimball. The featurette was researched and written by Kimball, William Bosche, John Dunn, Charles Downs, and Con Pederson, and features technical advisors such as Dr. Ernst Stuhlinger, Dr. E. C. Silpher, and Dr. Wernher von Braun. Although man had not landed on the moon by 1957, this featurette took that dream beyond by exploring what would happen should man land on Mars and explore the greater universe. It featured a mix of live-action and animated sequences, with the show’s tone ranging from humorous to more serious. This theater feature was the first non-television incarnation of the episode; parts of the short were taken to create a short film called Cosmic Capers that would be released in the United Kingdom in 1979.

Advertisements

December 5

December 5, 1985 – The Skyfest Celebration is Held in Anaheim, California

“A million balloon salute to honor Walt Disney and Disneyland’s 30th year.”

On December 5, 1985, to honor Walt Disney’s birthday, the residents of Anaheim celebrated with a special event known as Skyfest. The event featured a release of 1,000,000 balloons, and seven thousand pounds of helium were used to send the balloons skybound. The event not only honored what would have been Walt Disney’s 84th birthday, but also the 30th anniversary of Walt’s dream, Disneyland. This event also set a world record, beating the previous record of 384,800 balloons.

October 23

October 23, 1954 – Walt Disney Appears on the Cover of TV Guide

“Disney in TV Land: The old maestro is trying to top a fabulous career.”

On October 23, 1954, Walt Disney appeared on the front cover of TV Guide, alongside Goofy, Mickey, Pluto, Donald, and Dopey. The picture was meant to describe the featured article: “Why Disney Changed His Mind About TV,” which was all about Walt Disney’s newest show, Disneyland, which would be the first incarnation of the long-running anthology series. The article featured exclusive sketches of what would become Disneyland, and explained why Disney finally took the plunge and entered the realm of television.

September 13

September 13, 1959 – The Rainbow Mountain Stage Coaches Attraction Closes

On September 13, 1959, after only about four years of operation, the Rainbow Mountain Stage Coach attraction was officially closed. The attraction first opened in 1955 as the Stage Coaches, and was reopened as Rainbow Mountain Stage Coaches on June 26, 1956. Guests boarded a stagecoach and traveled around Frontierland, particularly through the Living Desert and other updates to the area. Unfortunately, the attraction was forced to close due to the horses continually getting spooked by the Disneyland Railroad rolling by.

July 7

Posted on

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 4

Posted on

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.

June 26

June 26, 1956 – The Attraction Rainbow Mountain Stage Coaches Opens in Disneyland

On June 26, 1956, the Rainbow Mountain Stage Coaches attraction opened in Disneyland’s Frontierland. Guests could board a stagecoach and travel around Frontierland, particularly through the Living Desert and other updates to the area. This attraction would share a road with the Conestoga Wagons, another attraction where guests are taken en masse down the Frontierland trails. Unfortunately, the attraction had many issues, including the horses often getting spooked by the Disneyland Railroad as it passed by, and the attraction was closed on September 13, 1959.