– Walt Disney has an idea for a park
that the whole family can attend. He wants to build the Mickey
Mouse Park on 8 acres next to the Disney Studio in Burbank,
With the land next to the studio unavailable, Walt
turns to the Stanford Research Institute to recommend a site for the
park. Their selection is Anaheim. Walt purchases 160 acres.
animators from his studio to begin designing the park's attractions.
He gives these designers the title "Imagineers" and is adamant that
they create unique attractions that don't look anything like traveling
The ABC television network agrees to provide some funding for the
park, now to be named Disneyland, in exchange for a weekly TV show.
– Construction begins on the $17 million theme park.
Disneyland opens on July, 17th with 18
attractions in five themed
King Arthur's Carousel, the Mad Tea Party Tea Cups, Mr.
Toad's Wild Ride,
Sleeping Beauty's Castle,
Snow White's Adventures, a Peter Pan attraction and the Canal Boats of the World.
Autopia (car ride), Space Station X-1, the Monsanto Hall of
Chemistry, the World Beneath Us, the Clock of the World,
the Moonliner, Rocket to the Moon and the Circarama Theater
(which shows the movie Tour of the West).
Frontierland, with an
Indian Village, the Disneyland Stagecoach, the Mule Pack, the Miniature Horse Corral
and the Golden Horseshoe Revue show.
- Adventureland, featuring the Jungle
Cruise and the Mark Twain Riverboat ride.
- Main Street U.S.A., with a train station
for the Disneyland Railroad, the Main Street Cinema, a Horse Drawn Fire Wagon,
a Penny Arcade and a
Approximately 60,000 people visit the park on opening day.
Conastoga Wagons are added in Frontierland, the Mickey Mouse Club
Theater opens in Fantasyland and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
premiers in Tomorrowland.
A Hobbyland attraction and the Thimble
Drome Flight Circle debuts in Tomorrowland in September.
Mouse Club Circus opens in Fantasyland in November.
Hall of Fame opens in Tomorrowland in December.
The Mike Fink Keel
Boats are added to Frontierland in December.
year is $1.00. The cost of the individual attractions ranged from 10
to 35 cents.
Mickey Mouse Club Circus (Fantasyland) and the Indian Village
(Frontierland) close in January.
Keller's Jungle Killers lion
show runs in Fantasyland from February through September.
Disneyland Stagecoach and the Mule Pack are removed from
Frontierland in February.
The Color Gallery and Astro Jets
open in March in Tomorrowland.
The Bathroom of Tomorrow
attraction opens in April.
Horseless Carriage (Antique cars)
opens in May in Main Street U.S.A.
Skyway (Sky Ride) is added in June between the Fantasyland and
The Phantom Boats are added in July in
Tomorrowland, but are removed in October.
Junior Autopia is added
to Fantasyland in July.
The Indian Village is added to
Adventureland in July.
The double-decker Omnibus opens in August
in Main Street U.S.A.
Fantasyland Theater opens in August.
Rainbow Caverns Mine Train, the Rainbow Ridge Pack Mules, the
Rainbow Mountain Stage Coach, Tom Sawyer Island, the Indian
War Canoes and Mineral Hall are added in Frontierland.
Canal Boats of the World
is rethemed as Storybook Land Canal Boats in Fantasyland.
tickets are first introduced this year.
The park celebrates its 5
millionth guest this year.
of Sleeping Beauty's Castle and the Midget Autopia are added
in Fantasyland in April.
Viewliner, a small gauge train with a
figure-eight track is added in June and has stations in both Tomorrowland
Motor Boat Cruise is added to Fantasyland in
The House of the Future, featuring a walkthrough tour,
opens in June in Tomorrowland.
Holidayland, a separate
picnic-like area designed for special parties, is added in June.
Miniature Horse Corral is removed from Frontierland in July.
Indian Village Rafts and the Shooting Gallery are added to
Frontierland in July.
A second bus, Omnibus #2, is added to Main
Street U.S.A. in August.
The park celebrates its 10 millionth guest this
Station X-1 is replaced by Satellite View of America in
Tomorrowland in January.
The Grand Canyon Diorama is added to the
route of the Disneyland Railroad between Tomorrowland and Main
Street U.S.A. in March.
Columbia sail boat attraction is added to
Frontierland in June.
Alice in Wonderland, a dark ride where
guests ride in "caterpillar" cars, opens in Fantasyland in June.
Fire Engine ride is added to Main Street U.S.A. in August.
Viewliner is removed in September.
Junior Autopia is removed
from Fantasyland in December.
attractions are added in June:
Disneyland Monorail in Tomorrowland,
- Submarine Voyage, also in Tomorrowland,
- Fantasyland Autopia and
- Matterhorn Bobsleds in Fantasyland.
Rainbow Mountain Stage Coach and Conastoga Wagons are
removed in September.
Rainbow Ridge Pack Mules are removed in
The World Beneath Us attraction closes in Tomorrowland
"E" tickets are first introduced
The park celebrates its 15th millionth guest this year.
Cove opens in Frontierland in January.
The Tour of the West
Tomorrowland's Circarama Theater closes in January.
The Satellite View of America is removed from
Tomorrowland in February.
The Rainbow Caverns Mine Train is rethemed and renamed Mine Train
Through Natures Wonderland. This is the first attraction to
feature Animatronics. It debuts in May.
The Art of Animation
attraction opens in Tomorrowland in May.
Pack Mules Through Natures
Wonderland opens in June.
The America the Beautiful movie
opens in July in the Circarama Theater.
The Aluminum Hall of
Fame closes in July.
The Bathroom of Tomorrow (Tomorrowland)
and Main Street U.S.A.'s Horse Drawn Fire Wagon close in
Skull Rock and Pirate's Cove are added to
Fantasyland in December.
Holidayland is removed in January.
Snow White and the Seven
Dwarfs attraction is added to Fantasyland in March.
are added to Tomorrowland in August.
The Babes in Toyland exhibit
is added to Main Street U.S.A. in December.
Disneyland Monorail is extended to the Disneyland Hotel.
The park celebrates its 25 millionth guest.
the Shooting Gallery is moved from Main Street U.S.A. to
A Safari Shooting Gallery is also added to
Adventureland in June.
The Swiss Family Treehouse debuts in
Adventureland in November.
Hall closes in December.
Mickey Mouse Club Headquarters open in January on Main Street U.S.A.
The Color Gallery closes in
Enchanted Tiki Room attraction is added in June, featuring 200 Animatronics
The Babes in Toyland exhibit is removed from Main
Street U.S.A. in September.
Cove, the Mickey Mouse Club Headquarters and the Mickey Mouse
Club Theater close in January.
Columbia's Below Decks Museum
opens in Frontierland in February.
Astro Jets are renamed Tomorrowland Jets in August.
Fashions and Fabrics Through the Ages exhibit runs from March until
December in Tomorrowland.
Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln is added to Main Street U.S.A. in July. The attraction features
an Animatronics Abe Lincoln delivering actual Lincoln speeches and was
originally created for the 1964 World's Fair in New York.
celebrates its 50 millionth guest.
Hobbyland exhibit and the Thimble Drome Flight Circle close in
Autopia is removed from Fantasyland in April.
It's a Small World debuts in May in Fantasyland after having also been
created for the 1964 World's Fair.
Fort Wilderness is added
to Frontierland in June.
The Primeval World Diorama is added to the
Disneyland Railroad in July.
New Orleans Square opens
as the sixth themed "land" in July.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea closes in August.
The Art of
Animation, Clock of the World, Flying Saucers, Hall of
Chemistry, Moonliner, Rocket to the Moon and
Tomorrowland Jets attractions close in September.
Disney dies at the age of 65 from cancer in December. Walt's
brother, Roy, assumes control of the company.
Pirates of the Caribbean opens in March in the New Orleans Square
Tommorowland area, already outdated, is demolished and rebuilt:
- The America the Beautiful film is re-shot and the theater is
moved to the area formerly occupied by Satellite View of America
and is renamed the Circle-Vision 360 Theater.
It opens in June.
- Tomorrowland Jets, re-themed and renamed Rocket Jets,
re-opens in July.
- The PeopleMover is added in July.
- The 2-story Carousel Theater replaces the Space Bar
and houses the Carousel of Progress,
featuring over 60 Animatronics figures. It debuts in July.
- Rocket to the Moon is rebuilt as re-opens as Flight to the
Moon in August.
- The Adventure Thru Inner Space attraction premiers in August, replacing both the
Hall of Chemistry and the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
- Tomorrowland Terrace replaces the Yacht Bar
- The Alpine Gardens are added in December.
Monorail station is rebuilt.
Both Autopia's (Tomorrowland
and Fantasyland) get new cars.
The Haunted Mansion is added in the New Orleans Square section in
August. This attraction was originally conceived as a walkthrough
haunted-house, but was later switched after the Imagineers learned
how to make a ride system that continuously moved, even while loading.
In November, the Shooting Gallery is removed
of Walt Disney attraction opens on Main Street U.S.A. in January.
Roy Disney dies in December at the age of 78.
Canoes and Indian Village Rafts are removed from Frontierland in January.
Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes are added to Frontierland in May.
The park celebrates its 100 millionth guest in June.
Indian Village is removed from Adventureland in October.
A portion of Frontierland is transformed into Bear
Country, the park's
7th themed "land", which opens in March. It
includes the Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes, the Indian
Trading Post, and two new attractions:
Country Bear Jamboree and Teddi Barra's Swingin' Arcade.
Main Street Electrical Parade debuts in June.
Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln is replaced with a Preview of
Coming Attractions on
Main Street U.S.A.
The Legacy of Walt Disney is
removed from Main Street U.S.A. in February.
The Walt Disney Story
premiers on Main Street U.S.A. in April.
The Carousel of Progress
is removed from Tomorrowland's Carousel Theater
Pack Mules Through Natures Wonderland closes
– America Sings Animatronics show is added in Tomorrowland's Carousel Theater
Disney Story closes on Main Street U.S.A. in February.
Tomorrowland's Flight to the
Moon is refurbished, re-themed and renamed Mission to Mars,
which opens in March.
The Walt Disney Story Featuring Great Moments
with Mr. Lincoln debuts in June on Main Street U.S.A.
– Seven new scenes are added to the Jungle Cruise.
Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland closes in January.
expansion is added to Tommorowland, which includes:
- Space Mountain, the indoor, space-themed roller coaster,
- The Space Place restaurant,
- Space Stage outdoor theater,
- The Starcade arcade area and
- The SuperSpeed Tunnel is added to the PeopleMover.
Matterhorn Bobsleds are remodeled. Ice caverns and the
abominable snowman are added to the ride, which also gets a new
computer control system to boost capacity.
– Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (mine train roller
coaster) is added to Frontierland in September.
Fantasyland Theater closes in December.
The park celebrates its 200
Rock and Pirate's Cove are removed from Fantasyland in January.
The Safari Shooting Gallery is removed from Adventureland in January.
Footage from the Disney movie Tron is added to the PeopleMover.
Admission this year is $12.00.
White's Adventures and Peter Pan both close in January for
Snow White's Scary Adventures and Peter Pan's Flight
re-open in May, along with a new attraction, Pinocchio's Daring Journey.
The America The Beautiful movie ends its run in
Tomorrowland's Circle-Vision 360 Theater in January.
Magic Journeys, a 3-D movie, opens in Tomorrowland in June.
The movies Wonders of China and American Journeys
debut in the Circle-Vision 360 Theater in July.
The Country Bear Christmas Special show premiers in Bear
Country in November.
Shooting Gallery gets new light-guns and is renamed
Frontierland Shooting Arcade in March.
The Videopolis open-air
amphitheater opens in Fantasyland in June and features a 5,000 square-foot
dance floor and 70 video screens.
Adventure Thru Inner Space
closes in Tomorrowland in September.
Tomorrowland's Magic Journeys movie and Space Stage both close
The Country Bear Vacation Hoedown show premiers in Bear
Country in February.
Big Thunder Ranch opens in Frontierland in
Country Bear Jamboree show closes in July.
a 17-minute 3-D film featuring Michael Jackson debuts
in Tomorrowland in September.
Frontierland's Golden Horseshoe
Revue show closes in October and is replaced by a re-vamped Golden
Horseshoe Jamboree in November.
Star Tours, created by Disney and George Lucas based on his Star Wars
movies, opens in Tomorrowland in January on the former site of the
Adventure Thru Inner Space attraction.
The Disney Gallery opens
in New Orleans Square in July.
– The America Sings show ends its run in Tomorrowland's
Carousel Theater in April.
Splash Mountain, a log flume with over 100 Animatronics figures,
opens in Bear Country in July.
The Preview of Coming Attractions is removed from Main Street U.S.A.
The movie One Man's Dream opens in Fantasyland's Videopolis in
The park celebrates its 300 millionth guest.
– One Man's Dream ends its run in April.
January, Disney announces plans for the Disneyland Resort which will
feature the Westcot Center and three hotels.
Plane Crazy is
shown from March through October in Videopolis.
Room is shown from March through September in Videopolis.
Beauty and the Beast stage show debuts in Fantasyland's Videopolis
The night-time Fantasmic show premiers in May.
Mission to Mars closes in November.
land, Toon Town, opens in January and includes
the following attractions:
- Chip N' Dale Tree House (slides and a ball crawl),
- Gadget's Go Coaster (children's roller coaster),
- Goofy's Bounce House,
- Jolley Trolley (a trip around Toon Town),
- Mickey's House (walkthrough),
- Minnie's House (walkthrough) and
- Miss Daisy's Houseboat.
The Fantasia Gardens are added to Fantasyland in January.
Boat Cruise is removed in January.
The route of the
Monorail is moved 40-feet and construction begins in the parking lot
outside Adventureland for a new attraction, Indiana Jones Adventures.
The Jungle Cruise temporarily closes for refurbishment.
announces that plans for the Westcot Center have been canceled.
Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin (dark ride) opens in Toon Town in
The Mike Fink Keel Boats are removed from Frontierland
Skyway closes in November.
Frontierland's Golden Horseshoe
Jamboree show is replaced by Billy Hill and the Hillbillies in December.
The Jungle Cruise reopens.
The park celebrates its 350 millionth
After nearly two years of construction at a cost of $100 million, the
Indiana Jones Adventure opens in Adventureland in March.
The Beauty and the Beast stage show ends its run in Fantasyland's
Videopolis in April.
Videopolis closes in June.
The Animazement stage show opens in Fantasyland in June.
PeopleMover closes in August.
Admission this year is $33.00.
Spirit of Pocahontas stage show debuts in Fantasyland in January.
The Toy Story Funhouse is open from January to May in Tomorrowland.
Alpine Gardens are renamed Triton Gardens in February.
Frontierland's Big Thunder
Ranch closes in February.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame "Festival of
Fools" debuts in Frontierland in June.
The Wonders of China and American
Journeys movies end their run in Tomorrowland's Circle-Vision 360
Theater in July. The theater itself also closes and is removed.
The Frontierland Shooting Arcade
is renamed Frontierland Shooting Exposition in
Attendance this year is 14.9 million.
Aladdin's Oasis opens in Adventureland in January.
Rocket Jets are removed from Tomorrowland in January.
the Caribbean is closed from January through March for refurbishment.
concludes its 11-year run in April.
The Spirit of Pocahontas stage
show closes in Fantasyland in September.
The park celebrates its 400
Attendance this year is 14.2 million.
Tomorrowland opens in May and features:
- The American Space Experience,
- Astro Orbitor (rocket ride),
- The Cosmic Waves fountain,
- "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience" 3-D movie (which replaces
- Observatron and
- Rocket Rods, which replaces the PeopleMover (closed in
1995) and uses the same track, but is much faster (the ride on
PeopleMover took 16 minutes compared to 2 minutes for Rocket Rods.)
Submarine Voyage is removed from Tomorrowland in September.
Innoventions opens in Tomorrowland in November.
Hunchback of Notre Dame "Festival of Fools" closes in Frontierland
Attendance this year is 13.7 million.
Disney opens in Tomorrowland in January.
Swiss Family Treehouse (Adventureland) closes in May, is remodeled and
re-themed and opens as Tarzan's Treehouse in June.
Pass virtual line system debuts in August.
Autopia's (Fantasyland and Tomorrowland) close in September for
remodeling. Both tracks are combined to make one ride that is
twice as long.
Admission this year is $39.00.
January, admission increases to $41.00.
The Woody's Roundup
stage show runs from January through December in Frontierland.
June, Autopia reopens in Tomorrowland. It features new cars
and a new queue area.
A Special Preview of Disney's California
Adventure debuts on Main Street U.S.A. in July.
closes in Tomorrowland in September. Although the ride was quite
popular, it spent its two and a half seasons closed more than open due
to maintenance problems.
In November, admission increases again to
Attendance this year is 13.9 million.
Country Bear Christmas Special show in Bear Country closes in January.
The Country Bear Vacation Hoedown show closes in Bear Country in
The Animazement stage show closes in Fantasyland in October.
The park celebrates its 450 millionth guest.
walkthrough of Sleeping Beauty's Castle in Fantasyland closes
A Special Preview of Disney's California Adventure
closes on Main Street U.S.A. in January.
The Cosmic Waves
fountain is removed from Tomorrowland in January.
Detective School stage show debuts in Fantasyland in April.
Teddi Barra's Swingin' Arcade is removed in October.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh opens.
Space Mountain closes on April 10.
In September, a train on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad derails,
killing one rider and injuring several others.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad re-opens on March 12.