Chris Strodder is a lifelong Disneyland fan whos just penned The Disneyland Encyclopedia (Santa Monica Press), a historical A-to-Z guide on everything there is to know about Walt Disneys playground.
He says that back in 1967, Disneylands science-centered ride Adventures Thru Inner Space introduced the innovative Omnimover system, the rotating clam-shell vehicles used in The Haunted Mansion today.
The Omnimovers, which were semi-enclosed and dark, gave riders a sense of privacy and made Inner Space the ultimate make out ride.
Strodder says, When the word got out about the first great make out ride, kids were lining up to get in! Disneyland had to counter the make out movement by speeding up the ride and adding more lights and cameras.
Other Disneyland tidbits include the hidden Mickey Mouse heads found throughout the park in bushes, flowers, and walls, and the history of the real rifle shooting gallery that once existed on Main Street.
The Disneyland Encyclopedia hits shelves in July.
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