7599.7 #11 (DL Qual #4

Nov 2, 2012 3:19 PM  Disneyland Talk Land
On this date in Disney history, "Mission to Mars" attraction takes its final flight. This Tomorrowland attraction first opened as "Rocket to the Moon" in 1955 and then changed to "Flight to the Moon" in 1967. After the moon landing in 1969, this attraction seemed outdated, so in 1975, the destination was changed to Mars. As guests would enter the attraction, they would see a "pre-show", which was called Mission Control. Here, guests would see control panels and Audio-Animatronic engineers and technicians and listen on how humans are making numerous advances in space travel and how to deal with the space environment. After watching this, guests would enter and board their spacecraft. This spacecraft was a circular theater with stadium seats (that would simulate G-forces with compressed air) which had many screens on the ceiling and the floors. During their flight, guests would be able to watch the spacecraft launch, learn about the mission of the spacecraft, explore space and eventually land on Mars. Eventually, the spacecraft was damaged from a volcanic eruption and would head back to Earth. After its closure in 1992, the building stayed vacant during the Tomorrowland refurbishment until 1998, when Redd Rockett's Pizza Port opened. Still today, if you go inside the quick-service restaurant, you can see remnants of this attraction (curved walls, high ceilings, the facade and the rocket outside). To watch this attraction: http://tinyurl.com/at2z5zr

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Mission To Mars was just plain awesome. The mission control was straight outta Thunderbirds Are Go. So campy. I really miss this attraction. Thanks for posting this. Brings back some great memories - ScooterMike  1963.0 #83 3:26PM
Agreed! So campy, it was awesome. Great trip down memory lane. - tdashgirl  320.4 #800 4:18PM
I have a SUPER vague memory of this. Wish I had gone more as a kid! - LaneSparrow316  847.0 #218 3:28PM
Same here. We rode on it once probably in its last year. I kind of made my parents go on since we never went on it before. - cesium55  531.8 #390 4:14PM
?????duchess_smk - pikarich  5232.5 #23 3:29PM
I thought this was Duchess's post for a sec, too! Lol - Jacqueline  580.0 #349 3:32PM
My friend and I went on this attraction around the last days before it closed to take one last ride. The sad part was we where the only two inside - ninodj  198.2 #2013 3:31PM
Thank you for the post. I remember this very well. Actually forgot about it. - snowwannab  751.3 #253 3:59PM
thanks for posting! - OhanaPhoto  5324.9 #21 4:00PM
This was my favorite ride as a kid!!! BRING IT BACK!!!!! 😒😒 - caramiapoohluvsbb8  4088.5 #37 4:04PM
So much better than bad pizza - ScooterMike  1963.0 #83 4:05PM
Thank you! Love the old pics.πŸš€ - RadiatorSprings4Ever  1570.0 #106 4:04PM
Really wish I could have experienced this at least once.πŸ˜” - ScubaSteve028  835.7 #220 4:07PM
Thank you!!!! I thought this was my 6 year old minds imagination. The seats rumbled right? Easy. - SparklingMare  53.9 #4623 4:17PM
Funny story...the guy below in the controller room was there for so many years after it closed and Cast members would go back there and dress him in all sorts of funny outfits and put things in his mouth like ciggies and other stuff. - Dave  13499.2 #2 4:18PM
That brings back a fond memory - E-Ticket  1466.9 #115 4:27PM
Thank you BBM. I loved these types of attractions in Tomorrowland. Sure hope the referb will have attractions that inspire us for the future. - IMissDisney  1205.7 #144 4:43PM
Thanks! I remember Flight to the Moon from my trip in 1968 at seven years old. Wow, long time ago now. - NBCnotBrerFOX  8.0 #12768 5:21PM

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