Flight to the Moon opened as a part of 1967’s New Tomorrowland, as a refurbished and reimagined version of the 1955 ride, Rocket to the Moon.
Rocket to the Moon transported guests to a future where space travel had become the norm and people went on day trips around the moon. Guests “boarded” a rocket and traveled to the Moon and back, learning new facts about the Moon and outer space along the way. Considering the fact that no human had ever been to outer space at the time it opened, it must have been a truly otherworldly experience for guests.
The new version, Flight to the Moon, helped take an attraction that was becoming outdated and spice it up a bit. New theaters were constructed that were larger and also featured seats that moved slightly, helping guests really feel like they were launching into outer space. The Moonliner was also demolished to allow for a sleeker entrance to the attraction, but unfortunately meant the loss of a park icon.
Inside the attraction, the largest change was the addition of an Audio-Animatronic preshow, where guests were introduced to Mr. Johnson, the head of Mission Control, and given a brief overview on space travel and what the journey would be like.
Flight to the Moon underwent some unexpected turbulence when humans finally took the giant leap onto the Moon, and the attraction began to feel outdated. It was no longer the groundbreaking attraction of old, so Missions to Mars opened at Disneyland on March 21st, 1975 and at the Magic Kingdom on June 7th, 1975. • #Disney #disneyland #disneyworld #tokyodisneyland #disneylandparis #hongkongdisneyland #travel #castmember #shanghaidisneyland #waltdisneyworld #wdw #disneyblog #disneyig #disneygram #disneyside #disneylife #history #tomorrowland #tesla #elonmusk #imagineering #vintagedisneyland #spacex #nasa #space #mickey #magickingdom #mars #moon #missiontomars