Does anyone else think that the person giving the reward looks like another (in the future) famous Disney character?
*Also on this day in 1955: just three days before the grand debut of Disneyland, Casey Jr. Circus Train encounters safety concerns.
A test run over the new tracks led to the engine almost tipping over backwards as it attempted the 25-percent grade. To counteract the issue, lead weights were added to the front in an attempt to allow the train as able to run on opening day. Sadly, according to what I've read, it did not. The attraction was shut down and Casey Jr. did not run again until July 31. Opeining only after work crews had leveled the grades and slowed down the attraction.
In addition, The Moonliner Rocket over in Tomorrowland receives its pointed silver top via a worker who is suspended from a crane 76 feet above the ground!
*Lastly for today, in 1978: The American Egg House opened on Main Street U.S.A.
Serving Breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant was located at the old Maxwell House/Hills Brothers Coffee House location.
To kick things off, the restaurants cook attempts to break the Guinness book of world records record for omelet preparation.
Chris Strodder writes in The Disneyland Encyclopedia:
"…in fact there's mention of some kind of "omelet record" being set at this Main Street location, though what the record was remains unclear and unverified."
I'm not sure where he got this information originally. Perhaps it came from a souvenir guidebook. The July 20, 1978?
Disneyland Line fills in the gap:
"An artful display of culinary genius added to the excitement of last Friday's Grand Opening ceremonies at Main Street's American Egg House. Howard Helmer, demonstrating cook with the American Egg Board, broke the world record for omelet preparation. Easily passing the old record of 188 omelets, Howard produced 217 two-egg omelets in only 30 minutes, assuring himself a spot in Guinness's next edition of its famous record book."
Bibliography: Steve Birnbaum Brings You the Best of Disneyland, Steve Birnbaum, 1986 Disney A to Z, Dave Smith, Disney Editions, 2006 Disneyland, Then, Now and Forever, Bruce Gordon and Tim O’Day, Disney Editions, 2005
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