“Ahoy mateys! For a safe voyage, remember to stay seated with your hands, arms, feet, and legs inside the boat—and watch your children. And remember, no flash pictures! Now off with ya!”
Fifty years ago today, on March 18, 1967 the Pirates of the Caribbean ride took its first voyagers down into the depths and realms of pirates at Disneyland. Through the years, the ride has transported approximately four hundred thousand passengers through the waters of the bayou and into the life of pirates and is arguably one of the greatest rides to be built at Disneyland. It was one of the last rides/attractions whose construction was overseen by Walt Disney and first major ride to open after his death. He died on December 15, 1966, just a little over three months shy of the Pirates of the Caribbean opening.
Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye debuted in Disneyland on March 3, 1995 to invited guests and opened to the general public the following day. The attraction is set in the Lost Delta of India, circa 1935, where Indiana Jones has discovered a shrine full of artifacts and treasures. He also discovered it holds an ancient curse. The temple was built as a tribute to a powerful patron diety, Mara. Mara would offer all that came to the temple one of three magical gifts. After looking into your soul she would decide if that magical gift was Earthly Riches, Eternal Youth or Future Knowledge. The legend warns not to looking into the eyes of Mara or else face unholy terrors in the temple. Unfortunately for Indiana Jones and his team funding for excavation is running short and to raise cash they are conducting tours of the temple.
By today’s standards, Space Station X-1 would seem kind of boring or lame but in 1955 you may have heard it described as amazing. When the gates opened on July 17, 1955 it was only one of three attractions/exhibits in an unfinished Tomorrowland. The concept of the exhibit was to view the Earth from a Space Station that was orbiting miles above the planet. After entering through a ticket booth where Spaceman K-7 was selling tickets for ten cents or accepting an “A” ticket to ride, visitors walked through a tunnel into the exhibit.