Walt Disney's Rocket to the Moon: 1958 August 07 2009

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This patent for a "Rocket Ship Amusement Apparatus" was awarded to Walter E. Disney in 1958. The patent was applied for in 1956. This patent describes the Rocket to the Moon attraction, which operated at Disneyland from 1955 to 1966. It was refurbished as Flight to the Moon from 1967 to 1975 and Mission to Mars from 1975 to 1992. Mission to Mars also operated at Walt Disney World.

The patent reads, in part:

It is a major object of the present invention to provide an amusement device which simultaneously accommodates a number of passengers in an enclosure simulating the interior of a rocket ship. A combination of coordinated sensory perceptible means are provided within this enclosure for realistically simulating a trip from earth to another planet.

Another object is to provide rocket ship amusement apparatus of the aforedescribed nature which is economical to operate, such apparatus requiring a minimum number of employees for a maximum number of passengers.

Yet another object is to provide rocket ship amusement apparatus of the aforedescribed nature which is completely safe and foolproof in operation.