Rocket Rods

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LOCATION

Tomorrowland – When guests entered Tomorrowland from Main Street USA, they would see the Rocket Rods entrance on their immediate left, in the building that now houses the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters.

RIDE BACKGROUND

After a three-year refurbishment and update, the former PeopleMover track reopened as part of the “new Tomorrowland” in 1998. The massive white infrastructure that dominated the Tomorrowland skyline now housed a high-speed transport system from the future.

RIDE EXPERIENCE

The waiting area for the Rocket Rods was an attraction in and of itself. Guests began their tour in the blueprint room, which featured original plans of Tomorrowland, and housed old ride vehicles from closed rides. Next, guests passed monitors showing 1950’s-1970’s Disney animations, predicting what transportation might look like in the future.

The largest waiting area for Rocket Rods was the CircleVision360 theatre. In the theater, guests could watch different transportation videos, including a short film detailing the evolution of GM cars. From the theater, guests traveled through the transit tunnel (a backstage area during the PeopleMover days) up to the loading platform.

On the platform, guests boarded 5-seat vehicles and proceeded to a drag race starting line. When the lights turned green, the vehicles took off for a three-minute flying ride above Tomorrowland. The Rocket Rods tour included travel through the Star Tours building, the Starcade, Space Mountain, and the Innoventions building. Riders also experienced some thrills, including sharp turns and an illusion where two rockets seem like they are going to collide before veering off at the last second. Finally, the Rockets flew by Autopia and the lagoon, before finishing the ride in a strobe light room and returning to the loading station.

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CLOSURE – September 25, 2000

When the Rocket Rods first closed in 2000, the closure was going to be a temporary refurbishment, with a reopen date set for spring 2001. However, the ride never reopened, and its permanent closure became official with reports in the OC Register and the LA Times in April 2001.

There were two primary reasons for the ride’s permanent closure. First, the PeopleMover track had been built for a slow transport ride, and its infrastructure saw serious damage with the installation of the faster rockets. And second, the rapid speed changes were often too much for the computer systems, causing frequent breakdowns and incredibly long lines; the Rocket Rods averaged at least one complete shutdown per day.

For almost a decade, the Rocket Rods track has stood empty over Tomorrowland, giving many fans hope that the PeopleMover will return. While rumors continue to circulate about its comeback, there has been no confirmation from Disney, and the huge white track still looms over Tomorrowland, waiting for its next adventure.

TRIVIA

Rocket Rods was the first Disneyland ride to offer a single rider line.

During the high-speed race, the Rocket Rods played an original song: World of Creativity (Magic Highways of Tomorrow). The song also appeared in the 1967 film The Happiest Millionaire, known then as “Detroit”.

When Star Tours: The Adventures Continue debuted in 2011, the Storm Troopers used the track as an elevated platform, looking down at visitors and monitoring Tomorrowland from above.

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Daisy’s Diner

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LOCATION

Mickey’s Toontown – When entering from Fantasyland, follow the main pathway toward Toontown City Hall. You will see Daisy’s Diner on the left, across from the 5 and Dime.

EXPERIENCE

Guests looking for a quick bite to eat in Mickey’s Toontown need look no further than the plaza in front of City Hall. The restaurants in this area are all quick service dining options, with a shared patio that overlooks the heart of the town center.

CONCEPT

Service Type – quick service

Seating – outdoor, open seating area

Reservations – no

Entertainment – none

Menu

MY RATING – ★★☆☆☆

Daisy’s Diner specializes in pizza, and not much else. The eateries surrounding Toontown City Hall all generally offer one food item, and Daisy does it the best. Guests have a choice between pepperoni or cheese pizza, and both are pretty good. Plus, sitting down on the patio overlooking Toontown with some hot pizza is not a bad way to spend the afternoon! If you’re looking for something other than pizza, you won’t find a lot of variety on the menu. Otherwise, Daisy’s Diner is a great place to grab some food.

MY FAVORITES

  • Cheese pizza

TRIVIA

Like many buildings in Disneyland, Daisy’s Diner uses forced perspective (explanation here) to look taller. Look closely at the upstairs windows and you’ll notice how small they are!

During the holidays, Daisy hangs a wreath and garland from the roof of the diner. You can check out all of the holiday decorations in Mickey’s Toontown and the rest of the park from mid-November to mid-January.

King Triton’s Carousel

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LOCATION

Paradise Pier – Follow the path on either side of the bay to reach the far end of Paradise Pier, where Mickey’s Fun Wheel and Toy Story Midway Mania sit. You will find King Triton’s Carousel in the center of this walkway, between California Screamin’ and Midway Mania.

RIDE BACKGROUND

King Triton’s Carousel made its debut along with the rest of California Adventure, in February 2001. Since it’s opening, the ride has gone through few changes, even when the rest of Paradise Pier underwent a complete overhaul from 2010-2012. At first, Imagineers planned to build a new façade for the carousel to match the new Victorian Boardwalk, but this project was scrapped in favor of other ride refurbishments. Since 2001, the Carousel has been a centerpiece of Paradise Pier, and serves as a boardwalk classic with its own Disney twist.

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RIDE EXPERIENCE

Riders can choose to ride a number of aquatic animals, from otters to whales to everything in between. Once settled, riders embark on a two minute ride around the rear of Paradise Pier, with views of the boardwalk, the bay, and California Screamin’, accompanied by King Triton’s organ music. Finally, the carousel comes to a stop, and riders continue on their adventures through Paradise Pier.

MY RATING: ★★★☆☆

King Triton’s Carousel is a nice break from the chaos of the boardwalk. The music is lovely, and it’s fun to ride sea creatures not usually featured on carousels. However, the carousel is somewhat tucked away in the back of Paradise Pier, so the views from the ride are limited. That being said, the carousel is a fun stop in between coaster rides and arcade games.

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VISITING TIPS

Thanks to its somewhat tucked away location, the carousel generally has minimal lines. I like to visit after dark, to see the boardwalk’s nighttime glow, but there’s no bad time to visit if the park isn’t too insanely crowded.

TRIVIA

The carousel’s full name is “King Triton’s Carousel of the Sea”.

Technically, King Triton’s Carousel is a merry-go-round, not a carousel. Carousels only feature horses, while merry-go-rounds can feature any number of animals.

The carousel hosts a total of 56 animals and two water chariots.

On the wall behind the carousel, you’ll find 16 pictures of famous California boardwalks, all dated between 1904 and 1958.

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Pluto’s Dog House

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LOCATION

Mickey’s Toontown – When entering from Fantasyland, follow the main pathway toward Toontown City Hall. You will see Pluto’s Dog House on the left, across from the 5 and Dime.

EXPERIENCE

Guests looking for a quick bite to eat in Mickey’s Toontown need look no further than the plaza in front of City Hall. The restaurants in this area are all quick service dining options, with a shared patio that overlooks the heart of the town center.

CONCEPT

Service Type – quick service

Seating – outdoor, open seating area

Reservations – no

Entertainment – none

Menu

MY RATING – ★★☆☆☆

If you want a hot dog or a kid’s meal, Pluto’s Dog House has you covered. Hot dogs come with your choice of sliced apples or chips, and there are plenty of beverage options. But hot dogs are the only meal available at the Dog House, so if you want something else, try the other dining options in Mickey’s Toontown.

MY FAVORITES

  • They only serve one thing, so kind of hard to pick a favorite!

TRIVIA

Pluto likes to swing by the Dog House’s seating area to make friends and take photos. Keep on the lookout for a chance to meet him!

The Dog House shares the same architectural style as Mickey’s House, so the restaurant has the feel of a real Toontown home.

Magic Minus Motion-Sickness

Every Disneyland visitor wants to make the most of their time in the park, but for some, the big rides and attractions mean motion sickness, dizziness, or a need to stop and recover. But have no fear: even the most sensitive stomachs can have tons of fun in the park (added bonus: you don’t have to deal with many fast passes!). The following touring plan is tailored to guests who want to experience Disney magic – minus the motion sickness.

Note: This plan assumes two days in the park, without park hopping. If you’re only visiting for one day, I strongly recommend focusing on Disneyland. If you’ve got a park hopper ticket, hop parks after dinner each night to check out your favorite rides/attractions or check out those that didn’t make the list.

TOURING PLAN – DISNEYLAND

Fantasyland

  1. Peter Pan’s Flight
  2. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
  3. Alice in Wonderland
  4. It’s A Small World

Mickey’s Toontown

  1. Mickey’s House

Fantasyland (part 2)

  1. Storybook Land Canal Boats
  2. King Arthur Carrousel
  3. Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
  4. Snow White’s Scary Adventures
  5. Sword in the Stone
  6. Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough
  7. Disney Princess Fantasy Faire 

Lunch time! Grab some food and check out the shops on Main Street USA.

Frontierland

  1. Frontierland Shootin’ Explosion
  2. Mark Twain Riverboat & Sailing Ship Columbia
  3. Big Thunder Ranch

New Orleans Square

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean
  2. Haunted Mansion

Critter Country

  1. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  2. Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes

Frontierland (part 2)

  1. Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island

Adventureland

  1. Tarzan’s Treehouse
  2. Jungle Cruise
  3. Enchanted Tiki Room

Main Street USA

  1. Main Street Vehicles
  2. Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln
  3. Disneyland Railroad – get off at Tomorrowland station

Tomorrowland

  1. Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
  2. Innoventions
  3. Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  4. Astro Orbitor

Hungry? Grab dinner in Tomorrowland. When you’re done eating, take the train back to the Main Street USA station so you can see the dioramas and complete the circuit. If you’re still up for exploring, revisit your favorite rides or continue exploring different shops in each land.

TOURING PLAN – CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE

NOTE: Begin your day by grabbing a fast pass for the World of Color show.

Condor Flats

  1. Soarin’ Over California

Hollywood Land

  1. Disney Animation
  2. Muppet Vision 3D
  3. Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sully to the Rescue!
  4. Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular

A Bug’s Land

  1. It’s Tough To Be A Bug!

When you’re ready to eat lunch, head over to Pacific Wharf and grab a table by the water!

Cars Land

  1. Luigi’s Flying Tires

Grizzly Peak

  1. Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

Paradise Pier

  1. The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
  2. Golden Zephyr
  3. Silly Symphony Swings
  4. Mickey’s Fun Wheel (non-swinging cars)
  5. Toy Story Midway Mania
  6. King Triton’s Carousel

When you’re ready for dinner, try one of the restaurants in Paradise Pier. Like with the Disneyland plan, if you’re not ready to call it quits, head back to your favorites or (if you have a park hopper pass) spend the rest of your evening in Disneyland. (that is, until World of Color!)

Resort Breakfast Options

Though you may have lunch and/or dinner reservations for your stay in the park, deciding where to eat breakfast is a little trickier. Most of the restaurants in the Disneyland Resort do not offer breakfast, but there are still plenty of options both in the parks and in Downtown Disney. With that in mind, the following is a complete list of the Disneyland Resort’s breakfast choices.

DISNEYLAND

Quick Service

  • Jolly Holiday Bakery (9-11 AM): Menu
  • Market House (8:30-11 AM): Menu
  • Plaza Inn (8:30-11 AM): Menu
  • River Belle Terrace (9-11 AM): Menu
  • Tomorrowland Terrace (9-11 AM): Menu

Table Service

  • Carnation Café (8:30-11 AM): Menu

CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE

Quick Service

  • Flo’s V8 Café (9-11 AM): Menu
  • Fiddler, Fifer, & Practical Café (8:30-11 AM): Menu
  • Pacific Wharf Café (9-11 AM): Menu

Table Service

  • Ariel’s Grotto (9-11 AM): Menu

DOWNTOWN DISNEY

Quick Service

  • Jamba Juice (7-11 AM): Menu
  • La Brea Bakery Express (8-11 AM): Menu
  • Starbucks (7-11 AM): Menu

Table Service

  • Earl of Sandwich (8-11 AM): Menu
  • La Brea Bakery Café (8-11 AM): Menu
  • Rainforest Café (8-11 AM): Menu

DISNEYLAND RESORT HOTELS

Quick Service

  • The Coffee House (6-11 AM): Menu
  • Hearthstone Lounge (5-11 AM): Menu
  • Surfside Lounge (6-11 AM): Menu

Table Service

  • Disney’s PCH Grill (7-11 AM): Menu
  • Goofy’s Kitchen (7-11 AM): Menu
  • Steakhouse 55 (7-11 AM): Menu
  • Storytellers Café (7-11 AM): Menu
  • Tangaroa Terrace (7-11 AM): Menu

Mine Train

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LOCATION

Frontierland – Guests could board the Mine Train from central Frontierland, roughly where Big Thunder Mountain Railroad stands today.

RIDE BACKGROUND

Though Frontierland had no major rides or attractions in the first year of Disneyland’s operation, this area of the park needed its own adventure to draw guests in. So in 1956, Frontierland welcomed the “Rainbow Caverns Mine Train”: a leisurely train ride through the “living desert” section of Frontierland. The ride took guests on a tour of an unusual desert, with balancing rock piles and cartoonish cactuses. But the new train ride failed to draw in large crowds, so in 1960, the Mine Train underwent a large renovation and expansion, reopening as the “Mine Train Through Nature’s Wonderland”, a faster version of the train with added scenery and caves to explore.

RIDE EXPERIENCE

Riders boarded the Mine Train in the tiny mining town of Rainbow Ridge. An unseen old miner provided narration for the duration of the trip, describing the sights and sounds of Nature’s Wonderland. The train began its journey by passing over Big Thunder falls, which then opened up to Bear Country, where guests could see a family of black bears scratching up against a tree close to the train. Other sights along the ride included the cactus forest, the “devil’s paint pots” geysers, and the glowing waterfalls inside Rainbow Caverns. Finally, the train completed the circuit around Nature’s Wonderland and returning guests offloaded back in Rainbow Ridge.

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CLOSURE – January 31, 1977

Although there were no inherent problems with the Mine Train, the ride closed in January 1977 in favor of a new headliner coaster. For two years, the majority of Frontierland remained under construction, before Big Thunder Mountain Railroad finally opened in 1979.

TRIVIA

You can find several tributes to the Mine Train within Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: its name (reference to Big Thunder falls), the line area (which is the exact town of Rainbow Ridge), the train’s first hill (which begins inside Rainbow Caverns), and a few balancing rocks scattered around Thunder Mountain.

The only remaining structural piece of the Mine Train can be found on the trail from Frontierland to Fantasyland. You’ll see the cave across the pond, surrounded by brush and trees.

One of the waterfalls from the original Mine Train, Cascade Peak, remained open for years after the Mine Train closed, and poured into the Rivers of America. However, structural damage from years of water flow forced Imagineers to demolish the waterfall in 1998.

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Adventure Thru Inner Space

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LOCATION

Tomorrowland – When entering from Main Street USA, guests could find Adventure Thru Inner Space on the right, in the building that now houses Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.

RIDE BACKGROUND

Plans for a molecule-themed attraction in Tomorrowland had been in discussion since 1957. Originally, Walt envisioned a walk-through exhibit, called “Our Friend The Atom”. But plans for the exhibit were all but scrapped when Disney’s focus shifted to the 1964 New York World’s Fair and the brand new It’s A Small World ride. After the success of It’s A Small World and the conclusion of the fair, Disney began construction on a molecule dark ride. Adventure Thru Inner Space finally opened in August 1967, and quickly became a headliner in Tomorrowland.

RIDE EXPERIENCE

Riders began the trek into space by walking through a high-tech laboratory. While waiting in line, guests could watch monitors showing other guests climbing into microscopes. Once riders loaded into their “atommobiles”, an unseen scientist welcomed his subjects as they began to shrink. The scientist shows images of snowflakes growing larger and larger, showing how the audience has become microscopic in size.

As the atommobile continued to shrink, the audience saw atoms swirling around them. The atommobile led riders inside one of the atoms, swirling through the electron cloud before arriving at the nucleus.

Finally, the atommobiles left the atom, and slowly grew the audience back to human size. Along the way, the scientist informs his subjects that the snowflakes have melted, and riders could peer up into his microscope, seeing his giant eye looking down on them. After returning to normal size, riders departed the atommobile and walked through a series of displays showing the scientist’s molecular studies.

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CLOSURE – September 2, 1985

Though Adventure Thru Inner Space had no major problems and stayed consistently popular during its run, the ride closed in favor of a much-anticipated Star Wars attraction. The atommobiles made their last ride in 1985, and the first version of Star Tours opened in 1987.

TRIVIA

Adventure Thru Inner Space was the first Disneyland ride to use the Omnimover loading system (the platform and ride move at a constant speed without stopping for boarding, like in the Haunted Mansion or Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters).

The voice for the scientist was that of actor Paul Frees (Boris on The Rocky And Bullwinkle Show).

The Sherman Brothers wrote an original song for the ride, called “Miracles From Molecules”. A synthesized/digitalized version of the song is on rotation as Tomorrowland background music.

Biotech company Monsato served as the official sponsor of Adventure Thru Inner Space until 1977.

You can find a tribute to Adventure Thru Inner Space in Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. Pay close attention when your StarSpeeder moves into the maintenance bay; you can see the Mighty Microscope in the bottom left corner of the screen.

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Two/Three Day Hopper

Most visitors to the Disneyland Resort purchase a two or three day hopper ticket. I’ve found that when I visit the park for a few days in a row, it can be tricky to mix it up each day while still hitting my favorite rides. With that in mind, this touring plan provides a suggested itinerary for a two-day park visit, with an optional third day.

Note: Fast pass rides are not listed in the bulleted itinerary because it’s near impossible to predict return times. Obtain fast passes when suggested, and stop the plan to ride during your time window.

DAY 1

Start your first day in the park in Tomorrowland. If you beat the crowds and get to Space Mountain early enough, ride once and then grab a fast pass; otherwise just get a fast pass to skip the line.

Tomorrowland

  1. Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  2. Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
  3. Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

Fantasyland

  1. Peter Pan’s Flight
  2. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
  3. Mad Tea Party
  4. Alice in Wonderland
  5. Matterhorn Bobsleds
  6. It’s A Small World

Lunchtime! Try one of the restaurants in Tomorrowland or Main Street USA; most restaurants have great outdoor patios. After lunch, hop over to California Adventure for the next part of your day. Start by grabbing a fast pass for Soarin’ Over California, and then pass through Grizzly Peak to Paradise Pier.

Paradise Pier

  1. The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
  2. Goofy’s Sky School
  3. Silly Symphony Swings
  4. Mickey’s Fun Wheel
  5. Toy Story Midway Mania!
  6. California Screamin’
  7. King Triton’s Carousel

Cars Land

  1. Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
  2. Luigi’s Flying Tires
  3. Radiator Springs Racers (use single rider line…you’ll save an hour or two in line)

When you’ve finished this section of the itinerary, head into Downtown Disney for dinner. Take some time to check out all the shops (especially World of Disney) and enjoy the live music. If you want to head back into the park, take the Monorail into Tomorrowland.

Note: heading back into the park from roughly 8-9 means you will have to navigate major crowds for the fireworks, Fantasmic!, and/or World of Color. If you want to see these shows, grab a spot and enjoy; otherwise you may want to stay in Downtown Disney until after 9:30.

DAY 2

Begin your day by heading to Frontierland and grabbing a fast pass for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Have breakfast at the River Belle Terrace if you’re hungry, or just pass through to New Orleans Square if you’re not having breakfast in the park.

New Orleans Square

  1. Haunted Mansion

Critter Country

  1. Splash Mountain (this early in the day you won’t need a fast pass, and your party will probably get a boat all to yourselves!)
  2. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

New Orleans Square (part 2)

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean

Fantasyland

  1. King Arthur Carrousel
  2. Sword In The Stone
  3. Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
  4. Snow White’s Scary Adventures
  5. Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough

Lunchtime! Try one of the restaurants in Frontierland when you’re ready to eat. Then it’s time to hop over to Hollywood Land in California Adventure. Note: Start your visit to Hollywood Land with a trip to the fast pass booth for the Tower of Terror.

Hollywood Land

  1. Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular
  2. Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sully To The Rescue!
  3. Disney Animation

A Bug’s Land

  1. It’s Tough To Be A Bug!

The rest of A Bug’s Land is geared specifically for young children. If you don’t have kids in your party, skip part two of A Bug’s Land and check out the wait times for Grizzly River Run or grab a snack on Buena Vista Street.

A Bug’s Land (optional part 2)

  1. Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train
  2. Flik’s Flyers
  3. Francis’ Ladybug Boogie
  4. Tuck And Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies

When you’re finished with this section of the itinerary, head over to Adventureland in Disneyland. Note: start your visit by grabbing a fast pass for Indiana Jones.

Adventureland

  1. Jungle Cruise
  2. Tarzan’s Treehouse

Main Street USA

  1. Disneyland Railroad (complete the circuit around the park)

When you’re ready for dinner, try one of the restaurants in New Orleans Square. Like with the Day 1 itinerary, avoid Main Street USA and Frontierland from 8-9:30-ish, as the shows cause serious crowd congestion (unless of course you’re watching!). Otherwise, use the rest of your night to revisit your favorite rides in either park.

OPTIONAL – DAY 3

If you’re visiting the Disneyland Resort for a third day, start your morning in California Adventure. Grab breakfast at Flo’s V8 Café in Cars Land, and take a seat on the back patio overlooking Ornament Valley and Radiator Springs Racers.

Cars Land

  1. Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
  2. Radiator Springs Racers (use single rider line)

Hollywood Land

  1. Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror (this early in the day you shouldn’t need a fast pass).
  2. Muppet Vision 3D

When you’ve finished this section of the itinerary, hop over to Disneyland.

Fantasyland

  1. Dumbo The Flying Elephant
  2. Storybook Land Canal Boats
  3. Mickey & The Magical Map

Mickey’s Toontown

  1. Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  2. Donald’s Boat
  3. Gadget’s Go Coaster
  4. Chip ‘N Dale Treehouse
  5. Mickey’s House

Ready for lunch? Grab some food in Tomorrowland.

Tomorrowland

  1. Autopia
  2. Innoventions
  3. Astro Orbitor

Frontierland

  1. Frontierland Shootin’ Explosion
  2. Mark Twain Riverboat & Sailing Ship Columbia
  3. Pirate’s Lair On Tom Sawyer Island

Main Street USA

  1. Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln
  2. Main Street Vehicles
  3. Main Street Cinema

When you’re ready for dinner, head back into California Adventure and try one of the restaurants overlooking Paradise Pier. Use the rest of your last night in the park to revisit your favorite rides, or try any that didn’t make this list.

Rocket To The Moon/Mission To Mars

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LOCATION

Tomorrowland – When guests arrived from Main Street USA, they could find the Rocket at the end of the main path, roughly where Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port sits now.

RIDE BACKGROUND

Rocket To The Moon, which debuted on Opening Day in 1955, offered guests an unprecedented trip into outer space, in an era before space travel became reality. So in 1967, when the Apollo program was in full swing, the ride became “Flight To The Moon”, in anticipation of astronauts making a similar journey into outer space. But by 1969, when astronauts made the first moon landing, simply seeing the moon from a distance was no longer revolutionary or exciting for visitors, and the ride closed in 1974.

One year later, the rocket reopened with an update premise, and became Mission To Mars. While the theater and premise were identical to the original ride, the rocket now had a new exciting destination: the red planet. With a new mission and the possibility of new exploration, Mission To Mars celebrated space travel and the Apollo program.

RIDE EXPERIENCE

Guests loaded into the theatre, much like the current setup for Star Tours. The theatre was a circle, with large screens in the floor and on the ceiling. With a giant rumble, the rocket took off toward the moon (later Mars), with the upper screen showing their destination and the lower screen showing where the rocket had been. Riders lifted above Disneyland, saw Anaheim disappear into the clouds, and soon found themselves in outer space. As the rocket made a loop around the rear of the moon (later Mars), a film played over the floor screen, teaching facts about space. Finally, the rocket made a return trip, touching down safely back in the heart of Tomorrowland.

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CLOSURE – November 2, 1992

Although Mission To Mars had been a Tomorrowland icon since Opening Day, the ride never drew massive crowds. The theater was small, and didn’t seat many guests at a time, so wait times stayed consistently long. Furthermore, with more interactive and high-tech rides arriving in Tomorrowland, Mission To Mars struggled to stay current and exciting. So in 1992, the rocket shut its doors for good.

TRIVIA

Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port features a scaled-down model of the original rocket, to pay tribute to the ride’s 37-year presence in Tomorrowland.

Rocket To The Moon/Mission To Mars had three sponsors during its lifetime: Trans World Airlines (1955-1961), Douglas Aircraft Company (1962-1966), and McDonell Douglas (1967-1975).

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