Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Adventure Thru Inner Space

Time to visit a golden oldie from Tomorrowland, Adventure Thru Inner Space, that corny but lovable attraction that is still talked about today. From Vacationland Magazine, Summer 1967:

World of Molecules Theme of Tomorrowland Adventure

One of the most unusual adventures in the world will thrill Disneyland guests this summer in the Park’s new Tomorrowland — Monsanto’s “Adventure Thru Inner Space.” Visitors will experience the “miracles of molecules” and “shrink” for “miracles of molecules” and “shrink” for a trip into a world of snowfalkes, molecules and atoms.

Guests feel as if they are shrinking as they journey aboard the highly versatile “Atomobile” — a new transportation vehicle designed by WED Enterprises — and glide into this fascinating microscopic world.

The adventure begins as passengers board “Atomobile” and enter Monsanto’s “Mighty Microscope,” emerging into a world of gigantic snowflakes. Guests feel themselves become smaller and smaller while the snowflakes appear to increase in size. As they pass through huge walls of crystal-like ice, visitors enter the snowflake and observe large molecules all around them. Growing “smaller” yet, they move into the molecules and emerge into a world of atoms, where the nucleus of a tiny oxygen atom resembles a giant sun.

This photo is from the opening of the attraction. Look at that crowd! You'd think it was for Star Tours...which is what is in the same space today.

See more vintage Disneyland Adventure Thru Inner Space photos on my Adventure Thru Inner Space web page.


Major Pepperidge said...

The ride did become dated at some point, but I still remember the thrill I felt waiting in the queue, listening to the evocative music and "technospeak" playing the the background. "ATIS" was very abstract and imaginative, and I loved it!

Connie Moreno said...

I still remember the thrill listening to Paul Frees!

Chrissy @ Adventures in DIY said...

I have very distinct memories of this ride from when I was little! I thought it was so cool to be able to shrink like that! :)

Bryce said...

I got very turned around looking at this photo--until I realized that half of it is a mirror image!