The Lilly Belle, the first engine of the Carolwood Pacific Railroad – Walt Disney’s backyard train at his Carolwood Drive home in Holmby Hills, California officially rolls down the track for the first time. The Carolwood Pacific is a 1/8th scale train and has 2,615 feet of track, including a 46 foot long trestle and a 90 foot long tunnel his wife Lillian’s flower beds! The track is controlled from a little barn that servces as headquarters for the train’s operations and control the switches. It could also serve as Walt’s workshop and a place to relax with friends. The Carolwood Pacific is credited with becoming part of Walt’s inspiration for the creation of Disneyland later in the decade.
Walt Disney World: May 7, 1993
The World Roller Hockey League Rink opens on an outdoor rink near the beach at Disney-MGM Studios. Used by a professional inline hockey league, it will last just one season. Games were played with a ball instead of a puck, and were taped and aired on ESPN during the short, two month season, later replaed on Canada’s TSN.