A Look Back at July 20, 1969: Apollo 11 Moon Landing Watched Live at Disneyland Park

George Savvas

by , Director, Public Relations, Disneyland Resort

On the afternoon of July 20, 1969, just steps away from an attraction called “Flight to the Moon,” thousands of Disneyland park guests gathered at the Tomorrowland Stage to watch a seminal event in human history unfold on live television.


Just last week, while researching another project, I came across this rare color image in our archives that shows the Apollo 11 Moon Landing being watched live at Disneyland park.

In the years that followed this momentous event, we were fortunate to welcome two members of the remarkable Apollo 11 crew to Disneyland park.


In February 1989, Buzz Aldrin joined us for the Challenger Spirit Salute, an event to honor the Challenger Center for Space Science Education.

Space Mountain

In July 2005, Neil Armstrong was on hand for the “re-launch” of Space Mountain. This photo was taken just above the exact spot where all those years earlier, Disneyland guests gathered in almost unimaginable anticipation to watch as he became the first man to step foot on the moon.


  • Excellent account of the events Mr. Savvas, thank you for sharing these terrific photos!

  • Absolutely incredible – it’s funny I recall it vividly even though I was just a little kid – my Dad was pressed up to our tiny little black and white television and I think the reason that I recall it so vividly is because of his intensity and awe of this momentous occasion…thanks for these photos – it’s truly great to look back into history and isn’t it amazing Disney is always there in step with important events.

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