Here's the Spin: There's
A New Elephant in Town
* If you can't get to Disneyland this summer, a bit of Disneyland has come to Washington.
Cars from two rides that date back to the California amusement park's opening year -- 50 years ago -- have been donated to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. An elephant from Dumbo the Flying Elephant and a cup from the Mad Tea Party went on display yesterday and will be at the museum on the Mall through Labor Day.
Kids first got a chance to ride on Dumbo, which goes up and down as controlled by a lever in each flying elephant, on Aug. 16, 1955. Since then, more than 61 million people have flown on more than 2.9 million rides.
The tea cup ride is even older; it opened on July 17, 1955. The two-minute ride, during which riders can spin the cups in either dirction, has been making parents turn green ever since!
The Smithsonian already has Walt Disney's sketches of "Steamboat Willie," the character that would later become Mickey Mouse. Disney got the idea for Disneyland after taking his two daughters to a merry-go-round. They rode while he sat on a bench. He wanted to create a place where kids and parents could ride and have fun together.