Today in Disney History

Disneyland:  June 16, 1956
In Frontierland, Tom Sawyer Island and the Rafts to Tom Sawyer Island debut as an attraction.  The island has been there since opening day in the middle of the Rivers of America, but now guests can finally go over and explore all of the various caves, climbing rocks and the frontier era fort, Fort Wilderness.    
 
In Fantasyland, the film 3D Jamboree debuts in the Mickey Mouse Club Theater.  The opening day attraction Canal Boats of the World, is reopened after an extensive rehabilitation and renamed as Storybookland Canal Boats.  The attraction takes guests into the worlds of Walt Disney’s animated films & shorts through a myriad of minature houses and villages from such classics as “Pinocchio”, “Alice in Wonderland”, “Peter Pan”, “Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs”, “Cinderella”, “The Three Little Pigs” and more – all the while being surrounded by the train tracks from the Casey Jr. Circus Train.

 

Disneyland:  June 16, 1957
Holidayland, a nine-acre grassy picnic ground located along the western edge of the park opens.  Designed with its’ own admission gate, this new separate park can hold up to 7,000 guests for large events. Special features include playgrounds, horseshoes, a baseball field, a volleyball court, and “the world’s largest candy-striped circus tent.” (Holidayland was later razed in 1965 to accomodate further expansion of Disneyland allowing for the creation of New Orleans Square and such classic attractions as Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion; as well as Bear Country [now Critter Country] and Splash Mountain; as well as an expansion of Adventureland with the addition of the Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye)

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