6340.7 #18 (DL Qual #7

Jun 26, 2013 11:26 AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good Morning! This day in Disney history, June 26th, 1957: The Viewliner debuts in Disneyland.

Designed by Imagineeer Bob Gurr, & based on General Motors' futuristic "Las Vegas Aerotrain." The Viewliner was a narrow gauge, miniature train that operated alongside parts of the Disneyland Railroad main line. Billed as "the fastest miniature train in the world," it was the park's first attempt @ mass-transit. The tracks made a figure-eight trip around the northeast section of of DL. Mr. Gurr built the engines using Oldsmobile “Rocket” V8 gasoline engines & the parts from two 1954 Oldsmobiles. Oldsmobile also furnished the windscreen, doors, instrument console for each of the two 5,000-pound locomotives.

Mr. Gurr was still putting out fires (literally) the morning of the Viewliner premiere. For the inaugural trip, the band played while Walt jumped in the engine & drove off, w/ Gurr in a new uniform sewn together the night before.

The attraction operated until construction began on the Matterhorn & Submarine Voyage; the Disneyland Monorail System ultimately took the place of the Viewliner in June of 1959, making it one of the shortest-lived attractions in Disneyland history.

Does anyone remember this attraction?

Also on this day in 2006: Pirates of the Caribbean attraction officially re-opens to guests after it's remodel.

changes included:

-Pirates being chased by a women w/ a broom, rolling pin, & a pitchfork.
-The “Pooped Pirate” character now holds a treasure map & vault key while Capt. Jack Sparrow observes from the barrel
-Audio Animatronic figures of Capt. Jack & one of Hector Barbossa (who replaces Blackbeard on the Wicked Wench)
-New special effects
-Improved lighting & audio
-A ghostly appearance by Davy Jones, (all voiced by the original actors)
-The skeleton beach & hurricane scenes are now accompanied by an instrumental version of "Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me)” written by George Bruns and Xavier Atencio.
-Captain Jack in his treasure room.

Another interesting tidbit: the final Jack Sparrow in the Treasure Room was supposed to roll a coin on the back of his hand, but the Imagineers were unable to get the effect to work properly, thus causing this Sparrow’s hand to be dubbed “The Million Dollar Hand.”

To watch a ride though before the 2006 refurb:

To see the updates complete w/Johnny Depp talking about them:

Did you like this referb? Or do you prefer the original? Do you have a favorite scene?

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Never was born in time for that viewliner there but I enjoyed reading bout it here. I didn't mind the refurb of the POTC attraction. All the changes fit nicely and feel authentic to the original concepts. I really enjoy the treasure room.... Of course.... the burning town with all the kidnap and ravage and don't give a hoot going on... that's quite the time as well. Thanks fer the history miss. - GrumpyPirateDad  1936.2 #86 10:26PM
I agree GPD! - missariel33  2115.5 #72 10:36PM
Well said! - Boundin  711.7 #272 11:51PM
These were great changes to potc, love them! - madsdad  1868.2 #92 11:36AM
Really? For some reason I thought you would have been an original lovin' guy... - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 1:13PM
I loved the updates to POTC! I was also happy to see the woman chasing the Pirate last night was back! BTW if you have never seen the video with Johnny Depp getting to get up close to his counterparts on POTC, it's fun to watch! Sorry idk the link...😬 - ElectricMayhemMom  1435.1 #119 11:56AM
Oh NICE! Glad to hear she is back! Yes! Awesome video, I posted the link above, ;) enjoy! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 11:57AM
πŸ˜‚OMG, I'm so blind lately! *puts glasses on* - ElectricMayhemMom  1435.1 #119 12:10PM
πŸ˜‚ Happens to the best of us sometimes girl! No worries! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 12:23PM
I loved PoTC in its OG form. They took my favorite pirate out (black beard) and changed the talking. Too much "where's Johnny" in the ride now. Alas, it is still my favorite ride in DLR. - PixiePirateMaid  345.5 #690 1:10PM
Great info thank you!!! - HiddenMickeyFanatic  1247.8 #136 3:37PM
Wow! I love this post! Thank you for sharing! - ColoradoSoprano  39.3 #5251 4:49PM
Thanks for posting this history, I don't think I've ever heard of the Viewliner before. I like the changes to POTC, but will always have a special place in my heart for the original...my grandma's favorite attraction. πŸ’— - MinnieMousewife  914.1 #201 10:40PM
Wow - so cool to know about the Viewliner! Thanks for the post. - EastBaytoLA  1020.8 #181 11:00PM
Great researching Duchess. - Westcoast  174.6 #2324 12:03AM
I love the changes and had so much fun looking for the new added Jack Sparrow's. - annamichelle  234.5 #1548 12:07AM
Thank you for the great info! That's an interesting bit about the million dollar hand. Anyway, thanks also for the link with Jonny Depp checking out his animatronic self. Double the Depps to enjoy πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜‚ - DisLUVney  632.6 #320 12:15AM
Thanks For The Great Content As Always - gonzofam  303.5 #887 11:41PM
Once again... Great post! I love all your info and need to go back and read all you posts I have missed!!! - Boundin  711.7 #272 11:52PM

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