/ Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

by Candra Spirtoff and Megan Voisard


  • March 21, 1975 – Mission to Mars opens in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland.
  • Mission to Mars replaced Flight to the Moon in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World
  • In Disneyland, Mission to Mars closed November 2, 1992 and was Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port
  • In Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Mission to Mars closed October 4, 1993 and was replaced by ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter. Today, Stitch’s Great Escape now resides


Other Notable Disney Dates:

  • March 18, 1955 – A ground breaking ceremony is held in Anaheim, California for the Disneyland Hotel (among the attendants was Walt’s Brother, Roy Disney).
  • March 19, 1959 – Walt Disney Productions releases its first live-action comedy, The Shaggy Dog.
  • March 20, 1986 – Tokyo Disneyland welcomes its 30 millionth guest.
  • March 22, 1975 – Lake Buena Vista Village officially opens in Walt Disney World, providing the first non-park shopping experience on Disney World property.
  • March 23, 2003 – The Main Street Electrical Parade makes its last route thru Disneyland Paris.
  • March 24, 1956 – The high-flying attraction in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland, the Astro-Jets, open for business.


Question of the Week:

Why did Mission to Mars replace Flight to the Moon?


Candra Spirtoff and Megan Voisard are identical twins, born and raised in Cincinnati,  Ohio. They both graduated from the University of Cincinnati, Candra with a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Assisting and Megan with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.  They currently work as a paralegals for a local law firm.  Their passion is anything and everything Disney, and they have visited WDW almost every year since 1988, at the age of four.




1 thought on “This Week in Disney History: Week of March 18”

  1. Tony E says:

    Flight to the moon was replaced because we had landed on the moon