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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.

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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

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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 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.

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.

January 26

January 26, 1993 – Mickey’s Toontown Holds Opening Dedication Ceremony

“Now we’re happy that you found your way to Mickey’s Toontown, today!”

On January 26, 1993, the opening dedication for Mickey’s Toontown was held at Disneyland. Many celebrities were on hand to help celebrate the new section of the park, including Robin Williams, Danny DeVito, and George Lucas. Actor Harry Anderson served as Toontown’s honorary mayor, standing alongside Michael Eisner as they dedicated the new area.

January 24

January 24, 1993 – The Attraction Acorn Ball Crawl Opens in Disneyland’s Toontown

On January 24, 1993, the attraction Acorn Ball Crawl opened in Disneyland’s Toontown area. Located in Chip & Dale’s Treehouse, the attraction was essentially a giant ball pit filled with yellow and red rubber balls. The attraction was short lived, however, as it closed and was removed in early 1998.