Thursday, November 23, 2006

Tomorrowland Entrance, 1961 & 1963

Here are two views of the entrance to Tomorrowland...what wonders await the Disneyland guest as they leave Main Street U.S.A.?! The first photo is from 1961, and you can see posters for the Flying Saucers and the Rocket to the Moon, as well as America the Beautiful and the Matterhorn. Was this part of Tomorrowland called the "Avenue of Flags", or am I mixing up my World's Fair and Disneyland info? Over to the right there is a glimpse of the destinctive "Hall of Chemistry" building.


In this second photo, two years have elapsed. The rocket sports the Douglas markings now, and the only poster visible is the fabulous "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" example (one of my all-time favorites). The guy in the stripey overalls is making a bold fashion statement! Could he be a performer or cast member of some kind?

Anyway...I wasn't sure I would be posting anything today, but since I was able to...HAPPY THANKSGIVING to everybody!

3 comments:

Davelandweb said...

I sure do miss a real entrance into Tomorrowland; the current one is definitely lackluster.

DisneyDutchman said...

Happy Thanksgiving!! Two great shots!! Yep - thats the Avenue of Flags. The flag poles came from the 'Court of Honor' display that was moved to the tomorrowland enterance in late 1955 or early 1956- to make room for the astrojets. Did you notice there are no TWA letters on the rocket. They were removed in 1961 when TWA ceased being the sponsor of the Rocket to the Moon attraction. Does anyone know why TWA quit sponsoring the rocket?? DD

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