Today in Disney History

Walt Disney:  May 7, 1950:
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. 

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