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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.

This Day in Disney History

July 29, 1999:  The Rock N Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith opens with a special invitation only party, where guests can ride Disney’s first inverted roller coaster with a member of the band.  The ride opens to the general public the following day.

This was my first “real” roller coaster, since it went upside-down, and was absolutely amazing.  Albeit short, with it’s perfectly synced music tracks and high speed launch, it was a great introduction to inverted attractions.  The best part for me is the very beginning.  Count down along with Steven Tyler before your super-stretch limo screeches into the darkness during your 3 second long, 0-60 mph take-off.  You’ll have to see it and feel it to believe it!

Happy 15th birthday, Rock N Roller Coaster!

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Our hearts are soaring on wings of our area’s native vultures, as episode 2 of BOATCOASTER debuts tomorrow! Episode 1 is above. Listen, or embrace your unavoidable fate.