Monday, March 22, 2010

The Adventureland Gate & Project Future

Shot #1 of the Adventureland gate is from July 1958.

Source material makes a great difference when scanning; here's a comparison of a July 1959 shot that is from a photo...

...and then in image #3, directly from the negative.

This black and white image is not really very interesting until you check out the left-hand side. The Dole Whip stand is under construction as the Enchanted Tiki Room attraction begins to take shape.

And the same area today:

On another note, I just finished reading Project Future last week, a new book by Chad Emerson. It is a fascinating mix of Disney history, mystery, politics, and the real estate machinations that went into creating Walt Disney World Resort. I highly recommend this very quick read (under 200 pages)—you will be blown away by all of the behind-the-scenes maneuvering that made WDW possible.

I can assure you, The Walt Disney World resort would never have occurred if the process hadn't started when it did; no way a theme park of that magnitude and creativity could be built with its own governance.

See more current and vintage Adventureland photos at my regular website.


Major Pepperidge said...

It is always better to start with the original negative (or at least a color slide). Prints are like a xerox of a xerox!

Robert said...

Thanks for the tip about the Project Future book. Hadn't heard of it but will now check it out.