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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Theme Park Thursdays: DISNEYLAND’s Horseless Carriages

DISNEYLAND’s Horseless Carriages were added to the park in 1956, providing one way trips from Town Square to Sleeping Beauty Castle and back again. As DISNEYLAND became more popular, there was a need for more attractions and transportation options. Walt Disney liked seeing a busy Main Street that looked like it could be real. Vintage cars zipping up and down the street would definitely add to that atmosphere.

Rather than just buy old cars to fix up, Walt Disney assigned his vehicle designer Bob Gurr to design a heavy duty vehicle with decent capacity that would fit the Main Street Theme. Mr. Gurr based his design on a 1903 vehicle, making it slightly bigger to accommodate six people plus the driver. These cars were then built at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank and trucked down to DISNEYLAND where they have been transporting guests ever since.