Flight Circle | Disneyland

Last Updated on: March 26th, 2024

The Flight Circle, operational from 1955 to 1966 in Tomorrowland at Disneyland, served as an innovative and engaging attraction where guests could marvel at demonstrations of U-control (tethered) model airplanes. Managed by Leroy Cox, the Flight Circle became a focal point for showcasing model aviation, pulling in hundreds of thousands of guests who witnessed these flying demonstrations. This attraction was part of Tomorrowland’s original lineup, which also included notable attractions like Rocket to the Moon, the Aluminum Hall of Fame, and Autopia, reflecting the era’s fascination with technology, space exploration, and the future.

Known also as the Thimble Drome Flight Circle, this area provided a unique blend of entertainment and education, allowing young pilots to display their flying skills with model aircraft, some of which performed intricate maneuvers. The Flight Circle not only entertained but also inspired many guests with the possibilities of model aviation. It was highlighted by its remarkable noise levels, which added to the excitement and atmosphere of Tomorrowland’s futuristic theme.

One of the most captivating aspects of the Flight Circle was a spaceman using an experimental rocket pack to perform aerial maneuvers around Tomorrowland, further enhancing the futuristic vision of the area. The Flight Circle’s presence in Disneyland during its early years contributed significantly to the park’s appeal, offering guests a glimpse into the hobby of model aviation and the broader theme of exploration and innovation that Walt Disney himself cherished.


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