Tuesday, May 13, 2008

July 1960 Visit: Tomorrowland 20K Exhibit



In a marvelous gesture of thrift and recycling, Disney re-used the sets from their blockbuster hit, “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea” and created an “exhibit” in Tomorrowland that guests could walk through and even touch. Shot #1 shows the entrance to the attraction, including a closeup of the signage that promises “The Giant Squid in Action.”



Thanks to Daveland reader Larry Brooks, you can get a nice view of the Squid, circa 1963, as Larry goes in deep for a closer view. Note the strings holding up the squid to make him look “in action.”



And a scene of the squid from the movie; he looks much more menacing on screen:



See more 20K photos at my website.



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12 comments:

Progressland said...

That's a remarkable image of the 20K Leagues entrance!

Major Pepperidge said...

Amazing. For years I hoped to see a color photo of the entrance to 20K. This is only the second one I've ever seen, and it is fantastic! It really gives you a great look at the whole area.

Chris Merritt said...

Whoa! That is as rare as they come! Nicely done sir.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

This is an absolutely amazing set of pictures. I remember walking into this exhibit and being absolutely stunned when I saw what was on display.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

I dig the exposed ceiling, Major is right, you really get a sense of how this room looked. Daveland gets a big GOLD STAR for this one! Thanks!

Thufer said...

wow, thanks. i got to go through this one time and at the age of 8, it was truly amazing.

good pictures dave!

jedblau said...

Fantastic shots...super rare.

Biblioadonis aka George said...

I can't believe they let you touch the squid!

Great shots, Dave...

outsidetheberm said...

Nice Nice Nice! Thanks, Dave!

Major Pepperidge said...

Hey Dave, did Larry Brooks happen to mention how he managed to get to touch the giant squid? I assume that he was allowed to go where most folks were not, since I believe that the public only saw the squid through the Nautilus window.

Davelandweb said...

Major: Larry was not "allowed" back there and apparently got caught. The guy's got guts!

Anonymous said...

I remember that and most of the now "removed" Disneyland attractions , no wonder the Disneyworld here in Florida where I now live was so disappointing