Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Christmas in August: Tomorrowland, December 1962

It’s a great big beautiful tomorrow in 1962, however the House of the Future looks like it needs a good powerwashing. Even plastic gets dirty in the future.

The Matterhorn is adorned with the Christmas Star. I'll bet that thing can pick up all kinds of TV stations!

America The Beautiful is playing over in Tomorrowland and The Clock of the World is still telling time for guests. That AT&T replica satellite looming over the building sure looks ominous!

For the Major, here is a closeup of the previous photo and the circular signage, which won't be too helpful since it is blurry; however, the second shot (although slightly different) will be easier to decipher and is from 1964:

TWA is out and Douglas is in over at the Rocket to the Moon attraction. Dig that steam coming out of the Moonliner! Must be time for another flight.

Anybody care for a voyage into liquid space aboard the Seawolf?

We’ll be leaving Tomorrowland in our Blue Monorail; boy is that thing going fast!

READER QUESTION: What kind of technology runs the Tiki Room these days? I remember the "World of Color" segment that showed the "Tiki Room's" computer control room, all spinning magnetic tape and punch cards (and one lone coffeemaker). I'm sure that's been upgraded to a single workstation, but I do wonder if all that machinery is still there, backstage. And if they upgraded the coffeemaker, too?" Any of you insiders that know the answer, it sure would be great to hear from you! Thanks -

Detail-man Jason from Disneyland Nomenclature pointed out that the man in the cowboy hat sitting on the horse-drawn streetcar from the other day's 1962 shot was cast member Charley Brock. See what you think -

See more Tomorrowland photos at my regular website.


CoxPilot said...

Yup! I do believe that is Charlie. It looks like he's just finishing a hook up, or getting ready to switch out one horse for another. The early morning fog would suggest the first. Those big boys only worked a few hours a day ya know.

Major Pepperidge said...

Such a great bunch of photos, I especially like the America the Beautiful exterior with the AT&T satellite, those are rare (wonder how long that satellite was there?).

Any idea what those round signs are in front of the attraction? The one with the red X and the other red sign?

Viewliner Ltd. said...

The AT&T satellite is a replica of TELSTAR. Great pic of the World Clock, always my favorite. BTW, yesterday's pic of the Snow White wishing well area, is without a doubt the best pic of this area I have ever seen. Thanks Dave all is appreciated.

Heidi Ann said...

Great photos. I NEVER tire of looking at vintage Disneyland pictures. Although they make me SO long to be there!

Davelandweb said...

Major - I posted some closeups of the round signs. Not the best, but hopefully they will help!

TokyoMagic! said...

Yes, how long was that satellite replica in place? I don't think I've ever seen a photo of it before this? Have you ever posted a photo of it before? I'm totally confused....LOL!

Davelandweb said...

Chris - I posted a photo of the satellite once before and Cox Pilot was the one who identified what it was.

Major Pepperidge said...

Hey Dave, thanks for the closeups of the signs! I wonder why that red X is on the one that says "Circarama Theater"? Love the graphic look of 'em.