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Building Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World. The attraction opened January 15, 1975, and would be added to Disneyland in 1977.

In attendance were astronauts Scott Carpenter (Mercury 7), Gordon Cooper (Mercury 9 and Gemini 5), and Jim Irwin (Apollo 15).

Via the Disney Insider blog.

Hephaestus’ Traps!


Episode 1: Tonight on Hephaestus’ Traps, two demigods get caught up on the Thrill Ride O'Love. The two demigods, identified as Annabeth Chase, daughter of Athena, and Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, had a hard time managing this trap mean for two gods. It is especially scandalous that a daughter of Athena would be caught on the Thrill Ride O'Love with a son of Poseidon, since Athena and Poseidon have had a feud going on for a few thousand years now. However, the girl’s reactions to the mechanical spiders and the boy’s attempts to get out of the trap had all the Olympians on the floor with laughter.

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Steampunk-inspired roller coaster dives into haunted gold mine

“A Netherlands theme park will unveil a $20-million roller coaster this summer featuring a level of thematic detail rarely found in massive steel thrill rides.The Baron 1898 dive coaster at Efteling theme park will combine a 19th century Dutch gold mining backstory with a 90-degree free-fall drop into a subterranean tunnel.Similar to the Krake dive coaster at Germany’s Heide Park, the double-inversion Baron 1898 built by Switzerland-based Bolliger & Mabillard will reach a top speed of 55 mph over a 1,600-foot-long course.

Set in 1898, the backstory of the new coaster retells the mythical tale of greedy mine baron Gustave Hooghmoed, who discovered a system of old tunnels underneath Efteling just before the turn of the century.Deep inside the subterranean labyrinth, Hooghmoed made two surprising discoveries: Mountains of gold and a fright of ghosts. Known as Witte Wieven, the white women spirits of Dutch legend were sworn to protect the fertile soil and everything it contains, including the gold.” 

Read more: LA Times