Disneyland: July 14, 1955
Just 3 days before the park’s debut, final construction and preparation takes place throughout Walt Disney’s brand-new theme park. In Fantasyland, during a test ride, the Casey Jr. Circus Train almost tips backward while going uphill. In order to operate on opening day, lead weights will be added to the front, allowing temporary operation. (On July 18 the attraction will close allowing the steep uphill grade to be reduced). In Tomorrowland, a worker is suspended from a crane 76 feet above the ground to place the pointed silver top of the rocket in place completing the final details of the Moonliner Rocket.
Walt Disney World: July 14, 1975
After several years of delay, Walt Disney Productions formally announces plans to build an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT). Walt Disney’s original vision for the project has been modified however, and the company announces that they will begin with the entertainment core and will follow later with other elements of the EPCOT concepts that Walt left behind upon his death in December 1966.
Tokyo Disneyland: July 14, 2000
After 17 years of operation, Mrs. Hisae Do becomes Tokyo Disneyland’s 250-millionth guest.
Disneyland (technically Hollywood): July 14, 2005
Disneyland receives the coveted Award of Excellence star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in recognition of its 50th anniversary. The dedication ceremony takes place in front of the (Walt Disney Company owned) El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard just a short distance away from the famed Grauman’s Chinese Theatre where “Mary Poppins” had its’ world premiere in 1964.