Sheesh, life gets busy, and I fall way behind on this! ….
New York World’s Fair: October 17, 1965
The 1964-65 World’s Fair officially closes. Three of the Walt Disney Productions produced attractions will be shipped back to California to be installed at Disneyland: Carousel of Progress, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, and It’s a Small World.
Walt Disney World: October 16, 2001
It is reported that the opening of newest Walt Disney World resort, POP Century, is postponed until further notice due a marked drop in theme park attendance since the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Bidding officially begins on eBay for the “Disneyland Haunted Mansion 1000th Ghost Experience”. The winning bidder will have their own personalized “tombstone” immortalized at the classic Anaheim park attraction, as well as receive a miniature version to keep. The unique gravestone will bear the winner’s first name and a humorous epitaph to be inspired by the winner’s interests or hobbies written and personalized by Walt Disney Imagineering.
Disneyland: October 13, 1986
The Golden Horseshoe Revue, which has been running since day one (July 17, 1955) in Frontierland officially closes. The show holds the Guinness World Record for “greatest number of performances of any theatrical production”. The show features Betty Taylor, who has played Sluefoot Sue for 30 years, the longest–running cast member.
Disneyland: October 11, 1955
Walt Disney World: October 9, 2003
Epcot closes at 3:00 pm for a special evening press event in celebration of the grand opening of Mission: SPACE. The dedication is presided over by Michael Eisner, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Co., Carly Fiorina, CEO of Hewlett Packard, and Sean O’Keefe, President of NASA. In attendance are legendary astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Jim Lovell and Wally Schirra.