Friday, January 20, 2012

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Nemo's Organ

Before the term "green" became hip, Disney was practicing it in spades. In photo #1, you can see Kirk Douglas testing out Captain Nemo's organ...his MUSICAL organ!

When the park first opened, rather than trash the sets of "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea," Walt recycled them and actually turned them into a paid attraction at Disneyland.

What a genius! Until 1966, these sets provided an indoor diversion for guests in Tomorrowland, and helped Walt fill up some vacant real estate.

By 1967, the old Tomorrowland was gone, including the 20K Walkthrough Exhibit. Nemo's organ was moved once again, this time over to New Orleans Square, where it found a permanent home at The Haunted Mansion.

I'd say Nemo's organ has done pretty well over the least better than some of the other discarded props from 20k.

See more vintage & current Disneyland Haunted Mansion photos on my Disneyland Haunted Mansion web page.


Major Pepperidge said...

It's interesting that, judging by the stanchions and chains, Kirk Douglas is inside the Disneyland attraction, and not on the movie set.

JG said...

I remember the 20K exhibit, it made a huge impression on me.

Actually being INSIDE the submarine was too cool for words, and the Giant Squid, wow.

I was so disappointed when New Tomorrowland came and this was gone...

The blog "Long Forgotten" has a nice piece on this item, how it was bought from a classified ad for 50 bucks to become the movie prop, etc.

Thank you for these, Dave. Memories I had forgotten I had.


Daveland said...

Long Forgotten is an amazing blog - so thorough. I love reading it. Thanks for the reminder JG!

Major - interesting point. Strangely enough, the stanchions are actually in the movie. Maybe Nemo was working on line queue technology!

Major Pepperidge said...

Wow, that is strange that the stanchions (how many times can I say stanchions?!) and chains are in the movie.