Wednesday, May 30, 2012
TPE: The Big Finish
When a reader emailed me and asked me what TPE stood for, and I had to look at an old post to remember, I knew it was time to wrap up this series! So without further adieu, my Two-Thousand Post Extravaganza comes to a finish. Continuing in Tomorrowland, there are a number of things I would love to experience with my Time Machine, starting off with Adventure Thru Inner Space (or ATIS for those who don't like to type!)
As a youngster, I remember being amazed at how Disney miniaturized the guests!
As I got older and wiser, I realized that the amazing part was that the guests all looked alike! Hmmmm....something fishy going on in that shrinking tube!
I'd also love to visit some of the hokey fair-type exhibits that populated Tomorrowland when it first opened, like the Dairy Bag.
Whatever happened to home milk delivery? That concept never quite made it into the future.
I'd also love to play with the color wheels of the Dutch Boy Paint Gallery.
I'm not much of a scientist, but visiting the Hall of Chemistry surely would have helped my high school GPA!
Daveland reader Larry Gould submitted this way cool photo of he and his mother from the July 18, 1955, the first day that Disneyland was open to the public. Kaiser Alumninum was one of the many sponsored attractions guests could marvel over in Tomorrowland. As Larry recalls, "I was at Disneyland the first day it was open to the general public, July 18th 1955. The photo below is my mom and me from July 18th 1955. There must have been a professional photographer over in Tomorrowland taking pictures. I remember that my mom was holding a newspaper or magazine over my head standing in line for the Autopia. A kid with red hair and a short haircut was prone to sunburn."
The Moonliner/Rocket to the Moon attraction held the hope of space travel, and was a symbol of our innovation and forward-thinking nature.
How cool it must have been to experience this simulated flight. I have very vague memories of riding this attraction, trying to figure out if what I saw on the monitor was real or not.
Being a huge 20K fan, I would have loved to have walked through the sets of the movie when they were on display.
And that, dear readers, is the end of the TPE series. Before heading back to the present, I'd want to get a shot of the now defunct Tomorrowland Skyway station...
and then I'd want to ride a Blue Monorail back to the Disneyland Hotel.
So many cool things to see along the way.
And here we are...right where we started, back at the Disneyland Hotel.
When next you visit my blog, I'll be back to my regularly scheduled posts!
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