This Day in Disney History – January 23
1928: The Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon short Neck ‘n’ Neck was released in theaters
When Oswald takes a lovely lady rabbit out for a ride in his old jalopy, he soon finds himself racing a chasing police car. When the film was released, Walt didn’t own Oswald and therefore Disney didn’t own any prints or negatives of the cartoons. Therefore, when The Walt Disney Company finally claimed ownership of the Oswald cartoons more than 80 years after they were created, it began a worldwide search to track down as many Oswald cartoons as possible.
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Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (also known as Oswald the Rabbit or Oswald Rabbit) is an anthropomorphic rabbit and animated cartoon character created by Ub Iwerks and Walt Disney for funny animal films distributed by Universal Pictures in the 1920s and 1930s, serving as the Disney studio’s first animated character to feature in their own series. 26 animated Oswald one-reelers were produced at Walt Disney Animation Studios (the Walt Disney Studio at the time) before Walt Disney was eventually separated from the project and went on to create Mickey Mouse. Charles Mintz, and later Walter Lantz, took over production, creating new Oswald cartoons until 1943.
1987: Mark V trains debut on the Disneyland Monorail System, the first system of its kind in America
From Oh My Disney:
On today’s date in 1987, the Disneyland Monorail debuted a very important upgrade. The attraction underwent a major transformation, as its Mark III trains were relaunched as Mark V trains. These trains would continue to run until the introduction of the next model to Disneyland in 2008.
From Disney Parks Blog:
The most recognizable difference with the Mark V, compared to its predecessor, the Mark III, was its look. Designed to resemble the Mark IV monorail at Walt Disney World Resort, this new model was white with an accent color stripe running along the side. The four different colored stripes along the Mark V Monorails were red, blue, orange and purple.
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Mark V : 1987 – 2008
- 5-car trains
- Designed by Walt Disney Imagineering
- Car bodies built by Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm of Germany
- Seats 24 passengers in each of the five cars, plus 7 passengers in the tail cone, and 5 passengers with 1 driver in the nose cone.
- Total number of passengers per train: 132
- Utilizes Mk III chassis as re-engineered by Ride & Show Engineering, Inc. of San Dimas,CA.
- The Mk V was designed to resemble the appearance of the Mark IV series monorails which were operating in the Walt Disney World Resort.
- colors: red, blue, orange and purple
2006: Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! opens at Disney California Adventure park
Take off on a wild taxi ride through a wacky world inhabitated by monsters—and one child—on this attraction inspired by the movie.
Capturing the heart and humor of the animated movie, Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! reminds us all that laughter and friendship are more powerful than a scream every time.
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The attraction replaced the short-lived Superstar Limo dark ride, and utilizes the same track layout. The CDA agents in the ride are all re-dressed and repositioned celebrity figures from Superstar Limo. In addition, Superstar Limo’s ride vehicles were reused for the attraction, repainted and re-dressed as Monstropolis taxi cabs.