MAJOR DISNEYLAND ATTRACTIONS

Disney CEO Bob Iger recently announced plans for a Star Wars themed land at Disneyland. Here is a look at past and present attractions at the original Disney theme park.
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    July 17, 1955: Opening Day
    Autopia • Disneyland Band • Disneyland Railroad •Jungle Cruise • King Arthur Carrousel • Mad Tea Party • Main Street Cinema • Mark Twain Riverboat • Mr. Toad's Wild Ride • Peter Pan's Flight • Snow White's Scary Adventures • Storybook Land Canal Boats • Rocket to the Moon
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    July 31, 1955: Casey Jr. Circus Train
    The first two attractions to open after Disneyland's opening day were both Dumbo related
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    August 16, 1955: Dumbo the Flying Elephant
    One elephant was donated to the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. - another used to hang in the home of @richardkraft
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    June 16, 1956: Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
    In 2007, it was reopened to incorporate theming from the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.
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    1956-1994: Skyway to Tomorrowland
    Many believe it was closed because people kept falling out.
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    July 4, 1956: Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes
    The only attraction at Disneyland powered by park guests.
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    1957 - 1967: Monsanto House of the Future
    The building was so sturdy that demolition crews had to use wrecking balls, torches, chainsaws, jackhammers, and finally (and successfully) choker chains.
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    June 14, 1958: Alice in Wonderland & Sailing Ship Columbia
    Despite Alice in Wonderland (2010) being the 20th highest grossing film of all time, this is the only Alice ride in all the Disney parks.
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    June 14, 1959: Disneyland Monorail & Matterhorn Bobsleds
    The first steel roller coaster in the world.
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    1959-1998: Submarine Voyage
    Later reopened as Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.
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    1961-1966: Flying Saucers
    The much-cooler predecessor to the now defunct California Adventure attraction Luigi's Flying Tires.
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    1962-1999: Swiss Family Treehouse
    Later reopened as Tarzan's Treehouse.
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    July 23, 1963: Enchanted Tiki Room
    Dole Food Company has been the sponsor of the ride since 1976 - you can still buy authentic Dole whip at the front of the attraction.
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    1967-1973: GE Carousel of Progress
    Featuring music by The Sherman Brothers (@bjnovak)
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    1965-1973: Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
    Originally showcased as the prime feature at the State of Illinois Pavilion at the 1964 New York World's Fair.
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    May 28, 1966: it's a small world
    This is the only Disney song that doesn't have a copyright, per the request of UNICEF, who sponsored the ride at the 1964 World Fair.
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    March 18, 1967: Pirates of the Caribbean
    The attraction opened 3 months after Walt's death. Walt and Roy Disney's initials are inscribed on the wrought iron railings above the entrance.
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    1967-1995: PeopleMover
    Top speed: 7mph
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    1967-1985: Adventure Thru Inner Space
    After it closed, the "Atommobiles" were repainted black and repurposed as the "Doom Buggys" for The Haunted Mansion
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    August 9, 1969 - Haunted Mansion
    In 2001, Disney began doing a seasonal overlay featuring characters and songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
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    1972-2001: Country Bear Jamboree
    The attraction was closed and opened as The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh however, towards the end of the ride, if you turn around, Disney has left a surprise...
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    May 4, 1977: Space Mountain
    Originally slated for construction after the success of The Matterhorn, plans were scrapped after Walt's death. The first Space Mountain eventually opened at The Magic Kingdom, and soon after, a smaller version was built at Disneyland.
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    September 15, 1979: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
    There are many features which pay tribute to Mine Train Through Natures Wonderland, an early Disneyland attraction, including the miniature village that sits adjacent to the queuing line.
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    May 25, 1983: Pinocchio's Daring Journey
    Originally planned for Disneyland, the first Pinocchio's Daring Journey ride opened in Tokyo Disneyland as one of the original rides before opening at Disneyland a month and a half later.
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    January 9, 1987: Star Tours
    The attraction was originally based on the Disney live-action film The Black Hole. Due in part to the film's poor box office performance, Disney decided to make use of the partnership with George Lucas, which began a year earlier as part of the Captain EO 3D musical film starring Michael Jackson.
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    July 17, 1989: Splash Mountain
    Why is the attraction, which is based on the film Song of the South, named Splash Mountain? In part to help market the film Splash.
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    May 13, 1992: Fantasmic!
    The original promotional materials, which used the catchphrase "Be Here When the Night Ignites" were pulled from circulation as the opening coincided with the acquittal of the LAPD officers involved in the Rodney King beating, which ignited rioting throughout Los Angeles.
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    January 23-26, 1993: ToonTown
    Chip 'n Dale Treehouse • Mickey's House • Minnie's House • Donald's Boat • Gadget's Go Coaster • Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin
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    March 3, 1955: Indiana Jones Adventure
    Two cool facts about the queuing area: 1. The giant doors on either side of the line, about halfway into the building, are elephant doors, used to transport the elephants from The Jungle Cruise. 2. When you finally board the ride, deep in the temple basement, you are actually at ground level.
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    1998-2000: Rocket Rods
    The ride was closed more often than it was open during its short 2-year run. A Rocket Rod ended up occupying @richardkraft's garage for many years.
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    May 24, 1998: Astro Orbiter
    Originally opened in 1956 as the Astro Jets, the name was changed to Tomorrowland Jets after United Airlines, a park sponsor, complained that it was free advertising for American Airlines "Astrojet" service.
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    June 23, 1999: Tarzan's Treehouse
    The tree weighs 150 tons. The vintage gramophone in the treehouse plays "Swisskapolka" an homage to The Swiss Family Treehouse which it replaced.
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    April 11, 2003: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
    Fans of the Country Bear Jamboree were so outraged that the attraction would be torn down to create the Pooh ride, that Imagineers left a surprised towards the ride's finale.
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    May 4, 2005: Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster
    Zurg's machine is taken from the Walt Disney World version and is half destroyed, implying that this ride version is a sequel to the original.
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    June 11, 2007 - Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
    The attraction uses the eight original 1959 submarines, however the diesel engines were replaced with electric battery-powered propulsions units.
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    October 25, 2008: Pixie Hollow
    Sits on the foundation of the Monsanto House of the Future.