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Space Shuttle Endeavour Treats Guests to ‘Ferry Flight’ Over the Disneyland Resort

posted on September 21st, 2012 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


The Disneyland Resort is the perfect place to spot a fairy flying in the sky, but today “fairy flight” took on new meaning. The space shuttle Endeavour, atop a 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), flew over the Disneyland Resort, treating park guests and cast members to a glimpse of the shuttle’s “ferry flight,” as it travels to its permanent home at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. The Endeavour’s final mission began at Kennedy Space Center in Port Canaveral, Fla., on Wednesday, where shortly after takeoff it buzzed by the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

Today’s fly over was an amazing moment of history and bittersweet as the space shuttle program comes to an end. Thank you, NASA – today you were the ones who made dreams come true here at the Happiest Place on Earth.

You can also see Endeavour flying over Walt Disney World and the Disney Studios.

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Susan on September 21st, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Amazing!! I got the chills watching this!!

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greg on September 21st, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Made me tear up a bit. So sad to see it go but what a perfect place to see it… well.. go.

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Ron on September 21st, 2012 at 6:35 pm

I didn’t get to see it at Disneyland, but it passed by my office building after Disneyland and on it’s way to the coast. It was amazing!!

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Jose on September 21st, 2012 at 6:42 pm

I was there. It was amazing!!!

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Loren from CA on September 21st, 2012 at 6:51 pm

I was there watching from Central Plaza. It was a wonderful experience to share this historic moment with so many Disneyland visitors! What a thrill!

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Brian on September 21st, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Watching the video gave me the chills too. Thanks for sharing this.

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Deborah on September 21st, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Thanks for the great footage of the Shuttle Endeavour as it flew over Disneyland Resort, I saw it fly over UCLA todat as well, I really love this video…what an incredible and amazing day, true Magic for all

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Alisha from UT on September 21st, 2012 at 7:16 pm

I wish I could have been there! I love how involved Disneyland got, with cast members and guests cheering together as it flew overhead. Truly magical.

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KELLY from CO on September 21st, 2012 at 7:25 pm

ok…

I cried even before I pushed play :(

Thank you to all the Shuttles, to all the astronauts and all who have ever worked on this program.

May the shuttles all rest in peace and may we never forget what they gave us!

God bless!

Kelly D aka Dizneluver

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KELLY from CO on September 21st, 2012 at 7:26 pm

And one more thing…its is very fitting that this last fight for a shuttle went over DL as they would always go over WDW on their way back to Kennedy Space Center when they were on missions.

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David on September 21st, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Shuttle Endeavor you’ve just completed your cross country trip to your new home in Los Angeles, what are you going to do next?

“I’m going to Disneyland!”

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Corin on September 22nd, 2012 at 12:58 am

Though I wasn’t at Disneyland, I was able to see it as it flew over where I work at a school because we live very close to Edwards Air Force Base. It was really amazing to see and I felt lucky to be able to get such a close look.

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Scott on September 22nd, 2012 at 1:31 am

It was very cool to see it personally take off from Kennedy Space Center. Then seeing the videos of it passing over Walt Disney World and Disneyland. the shuttle program will be sorely missed for a long time. Thank you NASA for making us all proud.

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Scott on September 22nd, 2012 at 2:21 am

Wow, I agree! It was much more emotional for me than I anticipated. Seems most apropos to watch this from Disneyland w/ Walt nearby.

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Karen from MA on September 22nd, 2012 at 7:33 am

It’s amazing on video – must have been truly fantastic to experience it in person.

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James on September 22nd, 2012 at 8:17 am

Very cool. Wish I could have been there to see it.

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Anonymous on September 22nd, 2012 at 9:17 am

We will miss watching the Shuttle launches from our driveway here in Florida. Please take care of the baby of the Shuttle family out there in California!!

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Colleen from TX on September 22nd, 2012 at 9:47 am

I’m a little sad today. I loved the space shuttle program. It was such an inspiration of hope. Every kid in America wanted to be an astronaut. Love and admire all the men and women of NASA!!!!

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Timothy on September 22nd, 2012 at 9:53 am

I wish I could have been there to see that! What a great moment in history. With airspace restricted over the Disneyland Resort, this is one of the few times when the outside world adds to the magic within the gates. What a special memory for all those who witnessed it!

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Ryan on September 22nd, 2012 at 10:13 am

The shot of the shuttle flying over Space Mountain… that moment when our fantasies collide with reality of achievement. Very inspiring!!

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Sandie on September 22nd, 2012 at 10:31 am

those pilots were having a BLAST flying around california yesterday!!! SO COOL!!!!

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Ingrid on September 22nd, 2012 at 1:24 pm

I took my daughter out of school to see this once-in-a-lifetime event. We stood in the middle of Main St. watching it fly over. I’m so glad that she was able to see this with me at “the Happiest Place on Earth”.

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Sabrina on September 22nd, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Upon my arrival, I had forgotten that the shuttle was going to be flying over the parks & was wondering why so many people were there just sort of standing around waiting for nothing in particular. We were getting ready to go on a ride in Fantasy Land when suddenly there was a really loud low flying plane. People started to run towards the carousel (out from waiting in lines) & yelling “Endeavour!” I looked up & there it was- a perfect side view of Space Shuttle Endeavour! I was hot & sweaty, yet I suddenly had the chills, a lump in my throat, & tears in my eyes. It was truly one of the most memorable experiences I’ve ever had at Disneyland or in my life! I will always remember this very special occasion!

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Shauna on September 22nd, 2012 at 3:04 pm

This gave me goosebumps and made me tear up! Thanks for sharing.

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richard on September 22nd, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Very moving experience. However, we were standing in the Esplanade between DL and DCA and only viewed the shuttle coming in from the north east, eventually passing right over the Esplanade. A couple of these videos seem to have the Shuttle flying approximately from south to north (left to right, behind the Radiator Springs mountain and also over the DL Hotel. So did some of us miss a First (or second) pass-over depending an where we were and what might have blocked our view? Any thoughts out there? Did anyone see 2 passes?

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Corey on September 22nd, 2012 at 11:37 pm

What an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience! We were out there on Main Street with one of our closest Disneyland Cast Member friends, the wonderful Julietta from the Emporium, watching and waiting, and when it finally went by, not only were we there to just witness it, but we were among a small handful of people to have it fly right over us on Main Street. It wasn’t a little north, closer to Sleeping Beauty Castle, or a little south, closer to the Disneyland Railroad, it was DIRECTLY OVER US. Such an awesome sight.

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lynn from FL on September 23rd, 2012 at 7:13 pm

I was lucky to see the shuttle Discovery as it went into space over Rocket Tower Plaza on July 4th while working in the Magic Kingdom that day.

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Deborah from NJ on September 27th, 2012 at 11:25 am

what a great picture seeing this i remember seeing Atlantis when i was visiting Disneyworld what a great trill i will miss the shuttle program thanks to all in the space program for a wonderful ride to the great blue yonder we still have Mission Space to ride at Disney

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