Friday, March 21, 2008

Mar 21: Mission to Mars

On this day in 1975, the Disneyland attraction Mission to Mars opened in Tomorrowland. (A similar attraction would open at Disney World in June 1975.) First called Flight to the Moon (an original opening day Disneyland attraction) it was updated once man had actually traveled to the moon.
Mission to Mars (designed with NASA) launched guests to the red planet. But prior to blastoff, guests entered a viewing area (or Mission Control) where they were greeted by an Audio-Animatronic named Mr Johnson. With the use of film clips, Johnson explained space travel and the effects of a microgravity environment.
After the pre-show, guests boarded their spacecraft - a circular theater with stadium-like seating and circular flat screens on the ceiling and floor. To add to the realism, the seats simulated the vibrations and G-forces from "Hyper-space."
Mission to Mars closed on November 2, 1992 and the building remained unused until May 1998 when it was turned into ... Redd Rockett's Pizza Port.

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