Disneyland’s Club 33, open only to members & their guests, features an exquisite restaurant filled with numerous items selected by Walt Disney himself.
Since it’s debut at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, the “it’s a small world” attraction has delighted guests of all ages. Let’s take a look at some of the history and trivia which make this attraction so special.
There comes a time when some of our favorite Disney attractions must be replaced in order to make room for new Disney magic. Do you know which extinct attractions immediately preceded these Walt Disney World favorites?
Surely Floridians wouldn’t be interested in a pirate attraction at Disney. The imagineers decided the southeastern region of the country would be more interested in an attraction with a less familiar theme – the wild west.
Epcot’s Test Track has been delighting Future World guests since the late 1990’s and continues to do so with the 2012 overhaul of the attraction’s theme. Reaching speeds of up to 65 mph, Test Track is a must do for any thrill-seeking guest at Walt Disney World. Let’s take a look at what makes Test Track one of Epcot’s best attractions.
When I am at Disneyland, you know what I sometimes forget? That every single attraction within the parks was man made and designed by incredibly hard working “Imaginieers”. These magical people have worked so hard through the years to create some of our most cherished memories through the years.
Back in the day, Walt Disney handpicked all of the Imagineers to make Disneyland come true and open its doors in 1957. One of these creators was Bob Gurr, whom Disney hired to assist on Autopia. Gurr went onto be the mastermind behind such beloved attractions as The Matterhorn Bobsleds, Submarine Voyage, The Haunted Manson….and, ready for it? The Monorail.
Even from the very first sketches of plans for Disneyland, Walt Disney always wanted to include a haunted house attraction in his park. Unlike haunted houses at other amusement parks, Walt’s haunted house would have a lighter, friendlier, comedic feel to the attraction. He originally planned to make his haunted house a walk-through attraction. Guests would stroll through at their own pace, taking in the sights and sounds of Walt’s haunted house. After further research, this walk-through attraction posed a few problems; How would the imagineers ensure a high enough capacity to allow each guest a chance to experience the attraction? How you the direct the guests’ attention to certain the elements of the attraction?
In their search for an efficient way to guide guests through Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion attraction, the imagineers turned to a ride system which had previously proven itself on Adventure Through Space – the omnimover. This type of attraction vehicle consisted of a continuous chain of ride vehicles which would move throughout the attraction as one unit. The individual vehicles would be able to turn in any direction. The Haunted Mansion’s onmimover vehicles, affectionately called Doom Buggies, are the perfect ride vehicle for directing guests’ attention throughout the attraction and enhancing the eeriness of the Haunted Mansion.
I remember walking through Fantasyland, and there it was – an abandoned lagoon. I had never seen a submarine sail through its waters, and I never would. How could what must have once been a fascinating excursion into the deep now sit off-limits, never to be experienced by another guest?
The story of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea: Submarine Voyage began long before any Disney parks were constructed. In fact, it began many years prior to Walt Disney’s birth. In March of 1869 author Jules Verne introduced the world to the story of Captain Nemo and the Nautilus. The story was serialized in a French publication and ran until June 1870.
Verne’s description of the Nautilus was well ahead of its time, accurately describing many features of modern submarines. Because of this, the story has stood the test of time. In the late 1930s, when many Hollywood film studios were looking to create new Technicolor films based on classic novels, Disney secured the rights to 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Unfortunately, the project was put on hold due to World War I. The project was resumed years after the war ended and the completed film released in 1954, just one year prior to the opening of Disneyland.
There are quite a lot of exciting things in the works for Disney’s Animal Kingdom! The first new experience for Animal Kingdom will be the Rivers of Light show which is scheduled to open in Spring 2016. This show will take place in front of the Tree of Life on Discovery River, between Discovery Island and Expedition Everest. Two mystical hosts will come to the river, bringing their gifts of light.
Due to the success of It’s A Small World Holiday and The Country Bear Christmas Special, two other Christmas attraction overlays at Disneyland, the imagineers decided they wanted to install a Christmas overlay to the Haunted Mansion. They initially considered a theme centered around A Christmas Carol but ultimately chose a more sinister theme for the attraction.