Walt Disney World Space Mountain

GALLERY: Celebrate 45 Intergalactic Years of Space Mountain at Walt Disney World with this Totally Retro Gallery

By Jocelyn Buhlman

45 years ago, we first blasted off on a rip-roaring rocket into outer space when Space Mountain launched at Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom park. This iconic attraction cuts a classic shape into the Tomorrowland skyline, and the famous dome of Space Mountain is now featured at Disney parks around the world. When this beloved attraction…

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Winnie the Pooh, The Rescuers, and Pete's Dragon

9 Magical Disney Memories from 1977

By Jocelyn Buhlman

With the 40th anniversary of Star Wars almost here, we decided to use some Disney magic to go back in time and take a look at what else was happening in the world of Disney in 1977. It was an exciting year, not only introducing us to the Skywalker Saga but also bringing the premieres of several animated classics, a brand-new Mickey Mouse Club, and…

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Disney Dream Store D23 Expo 2017

See What’s Coming to the Disney Dream Store at D23 Expo 2017

By D23 Team

There’s so much to see and do during D23 Expo 2017, taking place July 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, and there’s a lot to shop, too! The Disney Dream Store returns to D23 Expo with brand-new items, exclusive collectibles and more––there’s something for everyone to enjoy! Read on for highlights from the D23 Expo show floor…

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Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain

Can You Find These 7 Disneyland Numbers?

By Jocelyn Buhlman

You can always count on spotting some significant numbers throughout the worlds of Disney—we all know, for example, that the “23” in D23 is taken from the year 1923, when Walt Disney first arrived in Los Angeles and founded what is now The Walt Disney Company. The rich history of Disneyland has provided many an opportunity for these…

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X. Atencio

Jason, Anaheim Hills, California

RCA’s song, “Here’s to the Future and You,” from 1974, had words by X. Atencio and music by Buddy Baker. Atencio and Baker also partnered on songs for other memorable attractions, including Haunted Mansion and World of Motion.

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Space Mountain

Space Mountain Celebrates 40 Years of Intergalactic Adventure

Do you remember the first time you rode Space Mountain?
—how exhilarating it felt to be soaring through outer space, with stars so close you could almost touch them and having a sense that you’d left Earth behind to journey somewhere only astronauts had gone before?

Forty years ago today, January 15, 1975, guests at Walt Disney World in Orlando were Space…

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Haunted Mansion Disneyland

Disneyland Resort Celebrates Halloween Time 2014 Now Through October 31

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is a one-of-a-kind celebration of chilling, family-friendly fun.
From Friday, September 12, through Friday, October 31, guests will explore their spooky Disney Side with special Halloween transformations of Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain; encounter Disney villains conjured by a magic cauldron; dance to the Mad T Party band…

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Don Edgren

Don Edgren

(Pictured above to the right, Don Edgren)

Walt Disney once said, “At WED, we call it imagineering—the blending of creative imagination with technical know-how.” The “imagine” part of the process is often celebrated; less so is the solid engineering skill that makes dreams real.

Don Edgren, a professional engineer licensed in the states of California,…

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Space Mountain at Disneyland

Space Mountain Opens at Disneyland

Attention space travelers: It was on this day in 1977 that Space Mountain first blasted off guests at Disneyland, rocketing them into a simulation of outer space aboard a roller coaster dark ride. But this attraction, still as popular as ever today, actually has a history that goes back to the 1960s. Disney Legend John Hench designed the attraction years before the…

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Space Mountain Opens at Magic Kingdom

It was on this day in 1975 that about 2,000 guests, including several astronauts, attended the dedication of the Walt Disney World Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom, the first roller coaster of its kind, rocketing through the dark over nearly invisible tracks. The grand opening festivities included a band of 2,000 high school students, fireworks and the release of…

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