by Candra Spirtoff and Megan Voisard

Did You Know?

July 29, 1999 – Rock ‘n’ Roller coaster starring Aerosmith opens in Walt Disney World’s MGM Studios as a private, invitation-only party with the guests of honor, Aerosmith.

  • In the first loop, guests are pulling 4-5G’s
  • Each of the 5 ‘limos’ (a/k/a cars) have a different soundtrack; including songs like “Walk This Way, “Lovin in the Elevator”, “Sweet Emotion” and “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)”
  • TIP: See if you can piece together each soundtrack with the unique license plates!


Other Notable Disney Dates:

July 29, 1957 – The article “How to Make a Buck” runs in Time magazine. The article focuses on Walt Disney’s success.

July 30, 1998 – Disney launches its first cruise ship, the Disney Magic.

July 30, 1999 – FASTPASS begins at two of the most popular attractions in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom – Splash Mountain and Space Mountain.

July 31, 1934 – Disney filed a lawsuit against 3 companies for unauthorized use of Disney Characters for animal cracker designs – Sawyer Biscuit Company, Chicago Carton Company and the United Biscuit Company of America. The suit ended 4 months later in favor of Disney.

August 1, 1997 – Bob Penfield, last of the original Disneyland opening day cast members, is honored. He is given a window on Main Street to commemorate his retirement after 42 years of service.

August 2, 1998 – Passengers aboard the maiden voyage of the Disney Magic are the first Disney guests to set foot on Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

August 2, 1989 – 36 Disney executives meet in Aspen, Colorado to brainstorm ideas for a second theme park near Disneyland. The result is what we now know as Disney’s California Adventure!

August 3, 2006 – Encore! – made up of Disney Cast Members – perform “The Spark of Creation” in Walt Disney World, which benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

August 4, 2003 – Disney is ranked number seven of the most ‘valuable global brands’ in Business Week magazine.


Trivia Question of the Week:                 

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is the second Disney attraction to use linear induction technology. Do you know the first Disney attraction to found this technology?


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.



10 thoughts on “THIS WEEK IN DISNEY HISTORY and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster TRIVIA QUESTION”

  1. Larry says:

    Tomorrowland Transit Authority (People Mover)

  2. Norman says:

    Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

  3. Ricky Kirkland says:

    WedWay People Mover !!

  4. Mike says:

    Just as a point of coaster-nerd clarification, the Rock n Roller Coaster has no “loops”. It does invert 3 times, but none of the inversions are loops. The first inversion is a cobra roll (in which you go upside-down twice, once as you enter it and again as you leave it) and the second is a corkscrew.

  5. Mike Wendt says:

    WEDWay PeopleMover / Tomorrowland Transit Authority

  6. Sheila says:

    Can anyone tell us the plates that match the songs?

  7. Wendy says:

    Matterhorn Bobsleds in Disneyland – just a guess. Went on it once as a young child, age 5, and have never ridden a roller coaster again, until age 52, when I rode Thunder and Splash Mountains!

  8. David Nicely says:

    TTA People Mover

  9. Tony E says:

    TTA of course