Disneyland, June 17, 1971
At 11:13 am, Valerie Suldo of New Jersey becomes the 100-millionth guest
Disneyland, June 17, 1972
An all-new form of nighttime entertainment kicks off the summer “in thousands of sparkling lights and electrosynthomagnetic musical sounds” – The Main Street Electric Parade starts down Main Street, U.S.A. for the very first time.
Disneyland Resort: June, 17 2008
Fireworks, dancing and parachuting sky divers mark the grand opening festivties for Toy Story Midway Mania a brand new interactive attraction located in the Paradise Pier section of Disney’s California Adventure. After three years of design and construction, the attraction‘s queue area features a large audio-animatronic Mr. Potato Head figure that interacts with guests through pre-recorded dialogue performed by comedian Don Rickles, who also voiced the character in the “Toy Story” films. The sophisticated figure can identify people in the audience, sing and tell jokes. Though originally designed for Disney’s California Adventure, it was quickly determined to add the same attraction in to Disney’s Hollywood Studios park at Walt Disney World. Construction needs were not as great in Florida, since the California attraction was built behind the California Screamin’ roller coaster with the queue in front of the coaster, and the Florida attraction was simply added inside a converted former sound stage facility. Because of that fact, construction in Florida was less than half the time required in California and the Florida attraction, dubbed Toy Story Mania! opened a month prior. It is the first interactive attraction designed by the Imagineers that can provide a quick change out of any individual part or sequence by simply changing the computer program, meaning quick seasonal overlays could happen virtually overnight instead of during a lengthy rehab process as the more traditional attractions would require.