Thursday, August 5, 2010

August 05: Your Body Will Shrink - Your Mind Will Expand

On this day in 1967, Disneyland's attraction Adventure Thru Inner Space (sponsored by Monsanto) opened in the park's New Tomorrowland.

A free attraction, guests were transported through a microscope where they were shrunken down and sent off to explore the inside of an atom. Featuring the voice of Paul Frees and the song "Miracles from Molecules" written by the Sherman Brothers, it was the first to use the OmniMover system - called Atomobiles - to transport guests.

The idea of the attraction goes back to 1957, when Walt Disney introduced a concept for an atomic-themed exhibit in Tomorrowland on the Disneyland television show episode, Our Friend The Atom. Plans for the attraction were put on hold for the 1964 New York World's Fair, but after the success of the fair, the atomic-themed attraction was green-lighted for Disneyland's New Tomorrowland.

Today Star Tours sits on the spot once occupied by Adventure Thru Inner Space. 

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