Today in Disney History

Disneyland:  July 31, 1955
Casey Jr. Circus Train debuts.. Located in the back of Fantasyland, wrapping around the Storybookland Canal Boats, and near Dumbo, the train was supposed to with the rest of the park on Opening Day, July 17th, but had some technical problems and wasn’t operating properly.  (It had opened for a day, but quickly closed the next day for additional fine tuning.)

 

Today in Disney History

Disneyland Paris:  July 30, 1993
Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril, an all-new roller coaster debuts, with the first inversion on any Disney park attraction in the world.  Additionally it has the largest minimum height requirement of any Disney attraction in the world, coming in at 54 inches.
 
 
Disney Cruise Line:  July 30, 1998
The Walt Disney Company officially enters the cruise industry with the launch of its’ first cruise ship, the Disney Magic on its’ inaugural itineraryIt is one of the three largest ships in the world, and it arrived at its’ new home port, Port Canaveral several days prior. 
 
  
Walt Disney World:  July 30, 1999
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith officially opens to all guests.  The indoor steel roller coaster features a high-speed launch of 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds, three inversions, rock-concert lighting and a specially created  soundtrack blasting Aerosmith’s music from 120 on board speakers in each train – all firsts for a Walt Disney World attraction.
 
FASTPASS, an innovative new queue reservation system begins in the Magic Kingdom on Space Mountain and Splash Mountain.  Guests now have the option of standing in the traditional “Stand-by” line, or if they’d rather not wait in line but go do or enjoy something else during that same time, they can insert their park ticket into a machine that will give them a time-stamped ticket indicating when to return and reclaim their space in line.  FASTPASS tickets are free to any guest who wants one, based on availability, and provide a way for guests to experience other area attractions, shops or restaurants.

Today in Disney History

Disneyland:  July 27, 1962
The Firehouse Five Plus Two (a spare-time musical group made up of Walt Disney Studios writers, animators, producers and directors including Ward Kimball, Don Kinch, Danny Alguire, George Probert, Frank Thomas, Dick Roberts, Eddie Forrest) perform at the Golden Horseshoe Saloon in Frontierland.  Together with their performance the following day, the tracks are then put onto an album and released by Good Time Jazz Records – Firehouse Five Plus Two at Disneyland.   The features performances on the album are: 
  1. Anvil Stomp
  2. Muskrat Ramble
  3. You’ve Got to See Momma Ev’ry Night or You Can’t See Momma at All
  4. Lassus Trombone
  5. Coney Island Washboard
  6. Ja-Da
  7. Baby Won’t You Please Come Home
  8. Tiger Rag