A Few Days in Disney Parks & Resorts History

AUGUST 14
 
Disneyland:  August 14, 1958
Fantasyland‘s newest dark ride, Alice in Wonderland, is officially opened by Walt Disney and dressed as Alice herself, Mouseketeer Karen Pendleton.
 
Disneyland:  August 14, 2007
The names of the three towers at the Disneyland Hotel are officially changed.  The towers were originally named after the wife and daughters of hotel’s original developer and owner, Jack Wrather, a personal friend of Walt Disney.  The Marina Tower is now the Magic Tower;  the Sierra Tower is now the Dreams Tower; and the Bonita Tower is now the Wonder Tower.   (The Hotel is currently under a massive renovation, and once more in 2011 the names are slated to be changed to the Adventure Tower, the Frontier Tower and the Fantasy Tower – all with appropriate theming to match each individual tower’s name, which are of course, based on lands from the neighboring theme park – Disneyland).
 
 
AUGUST 15
Walt Disney World:  August 15, 2003
Epcot‘s newest attraction, Mission: SPACE located on the spot of the former Horizons attraction in Future World, starts a process of  soft openings, whereby the attraction is open to guests for short periods of time, but can close at any time the Cast Members or maintenance staff feel it necessary.  (The attraction will have its’ official Grand Opening later in October).
  
AUGUST 16
Disneyland:  August 16, 1955:
Dumbo Flying Elephants opens in Fantasyland.   Walt originally wanted to have the attraction open on July 17 for the Grand Opening, but unfortunately the fiberglass elephants weren’t finished until just three weeks before opening day and installation was not completed in time.
 
Disneyland:  August 16, 1969
 
Park attendance hits a record 82,516 visitors in a single day
 
AUGUST 17
Houston, Texas :  August 17, 1981
Houston International Airport (now known as George Bush Intercontinental Airport) opens a WEDWay PeopleMover system constructed by Walt Disney Productions’ Community Transportation Services division.  It is the first application of a Disney designed system outside of the theme parks. 

2 thoughts to “A Few Days in Disney Parks & Resorts History”

  1. Mission: Space is pretty cool, and I would never say anything negative about it. I do sort of miss Horizons, though. I loved that when I was a kid. Probably because I’m a big nerd.

  2. I loved Horizons too – and I love Carousel of Progress. It was pretty cool how the imagineers tied the two together making Horizons kind of a future version of COP. I personally don’t care for Mission: Space… you can just think of MS as my TOT, Mark!

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