Thursday, July 11, 2013

Venus in Tomorrowland, 1958

Walt wanted some futuristic transportation. He wanted something fast. AND he wanted it cheap. The short-term solution was The Viewliner, which barely lasted a year. This guest is standing at the Tomorrowland Viewliner station, in front of the Venus car. The Tomorrowland Viewliner cars were a reddish-salmon color and named after the planets; the blue Fantasyland cars were named after various Disney characters.

This photo is probably one of the most bizarre looking ones in my collection. The past meets the future as Retlaw One runs parallel to the Tomorrowland Viewliner.

From the Skyway, a guest snapped this January 1958 shot of the Viewliner from overhead:

The Viewliner ran until construction began on the Matterhorn, making it one of the shortest-lived attractions in Disneyland history.

See more vintage Disneyland Viewliner photos on my Viewliner web page.


K. Martinez said...

Now if only they named the rear cars on both Viewliners Pluto.

Anonymous said...

The rider in the rear car is not keeping his arms inside the carpet...

Fascinating photos of a ride I never knew existed until the internet.

Thank you Dave.


Daveland said...

K. - What a great idea that would have been!