Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Moonliner/Rocket to the Moon
One of the most iconic areas of the original Tomorrowland was the Moonliner/Rocket to the Moon section, with the 80' tall rocketship being the focal point of the attraction. This rendering shows an early concept of what the area was to be. Obviously, what came to be constructed was somewhat different. As time ran short to deadline, Tomorrowland pretty much got the shaft when it came to early Disneyland. This shot of the opening day model located at the Opera House gives a fairly good idea of what this area looked like at the time:
And a 1956 photo:
A 1958 interior shot of the lobby area for you; anybody care to weigh yourself on these fancy-schmancy machines?
Although the Mooliner/Rocket to the Moon are no longer at Disneyland, this smaller-sized tribute stands today to commemorate what once was. Dig the crazy rainbow that I happened to catch on this intermittently rainy day:
The talented Robert Olszewski has also commemorated the Moonliner in miniature:
Not sure if it’s the Hilton, but this closeup is for TokyoMagic from yesterday’s post:
See more vintage & current Moonliner/Rocket to the Moon photos at my regular website.