Friday, September 28, 2012

Disneyland Guided Tour, Circa 1962: Tomorrowland, Pt. 1



Today's 1962 Disneyland Tour Guide Script installment moves us from Fantasyland's Matterhorn to Tomorrowland's...

MONORAIL

Before we glide off on the Monorail train, I would like to call your attention to the Disneyland rocket ship behind us which will take you on an interesting and exciting simulated flight to the moon.



The rocket is 80' high and was built at the Disney Studios in Burbank under the technical direction of Dr. Werner von Braun.



This is a scale model of what an actual rocket to the moon might look like in the future. It is interesting to note that Dr. von Braun helped develop simulated space flight for Walt Disney before he worked on such activities for the United States Government.



Over there is the Autopia, the freeway of the future. These cars travel 850,000 miles each year! Each car has a four gallon gas tank that will run for 12 hours continuously without refueling!



Directly in front of us is the submarine ride. Here at Disneyland we have one of the world's largest submarine fleets, each named after one of the ships in the United States Atomic Powered Fleet.



Here you may journey through the graveyard of sunken ships, under the polar ice cap, past the lost continent of Atlantis, and witness an underground volcanic eruption. Our submarine fleet travels approximately 20,000 miles each year.





We are now going to have an itneresting experience on the first daily operating Monorail train in the Western Hemisphere—The Disneyland-Alweg Monorail system. These futuristic trains, electrically operated and each holding 102 passengers, are now in the planning stages for high speed urban transportation in several large cities throughout the United States.



Our trip will take us along the 2.5 miles of elevated beamway to the Disneyland Hotel and back here to Tomorrowland for an exciting aerial view of the entire area. Please follow me as we take the ultramodern speedramp to the Monorail Landing…watch your step.




To resume your vintage tour, come back tomorrow and meet us for more Tomorrowland!

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8 comments:

K. Martinez said...

I love the B&W image of the Monorail crossing West Street to the Disneyland Hotel Station.

The Monorail exit ramp with the Matterhorn in the background is a nice pic too.

Great continuation of Tour circa 1962.

Davelandweb said...

Glad you are enjoying these...tomorrow is the big series finale!

Rich T. said...

I love the cement truck and monorail together in one shot! Just another average work day in Anaheim... :)

I also love the term, "Ultramodern speedramp!"

James M. Tate said...

i was hoping to see a picture of the mermaids.

Davelandweb said...

James - The mermaids were actually not part of the Submarine attraction in 1962. They appeared the first year of operation and then not again until 1965 and the Tencennial. However, you can see a photo of them here:

http://davelandweb.com/sub/images/60s/3D_6_25_66_Sub2_R_detail.jpg

TokyoMagic! said...

Any ideas what that dark squarish structure is in the bottom right corner of the first pic?

Davelandweb said...

Chris - Not totally sure. But...it appears that the photographer was at the same level as the Monorail, so he/she could have been up at the Monorail Station. Still not sure what that would be up at the level either.

TokyoMagic! said...

Hmmmm, maybe the sub dock was under refurb.