Friday, March 09, 2007

Tomorrowland 1970

Here are a few unusual photos of Tomorrowland, taken from the Peoplemover in 1970. In this first photo, we are looking back towards the elevator that folks took up to the the loading area for the Rocket Jets. To our lower right, you can see the Flight to the Moon, as well as seating for the Tomorrowland Stage. On July 20 1969 (just months before this picture was taken), many people were able to watch the first moon landing from these very seats. That must have been amazing! I love the little ticket booth (if that's what that structure is...can't read the sign).


Next we are beneath an overhang...there is plenty of shaded seating. I remember that there was a restaurant nearby, though the name escapes me. Was it the Space Place? My brother and I used to joke about "Pluto burgers", although now I can't remember if those actually existed or if we just made it up. You can see the futuristic Tomorrowland Terrace


OK, This photo was NOT taken from the Peoplemover obviously...instead we are on the Monorail track, with the Peoplemover overhead. The Autopia roadway is beneath us as well. An unusual view, if not the most exciting in the world.

5 comments:

cdubya2000 said...

More nice shots---

The second photo was taken from the seating area of the Coca-Cola Tomorrowland Terrace looking at the rising stage which is still there.

The third shot must have been taken from the nosecone of the Monorail, about to depart for the Disneyland Hotel. That's the Howard Johnson Hotel out on Harbor Blvd, which still looks the same today.

Keep up the good work-I really enjoy your daily posts.

Matterhorn1959 said...

The first shot shows the ticket booth. This was reproduced in miniature by Kevin and Jody for the Disney Shopping Disneyland 50th Anniversary collection. I believe the booth was designed by Rolly Crump.

Amazon Belle said...

My understanding is that Rolly was indeed the designer of the ticket booth and the Tomorrowland Terrace stage... er planter in the down position... stage in the up position.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Rolly did indeed design a lot of the "mod" stylings for Tomorroland such as the roof garden of the stage and the free-standing ticket booths. I was reading an interview with him in which he expressed bewildered delight at seeing the ticketbooths recreated as miniatures. I gather he saw them as a very casual creation and didn't know what the fuss was about. How refreshing to read of a man whose modesty and tallent are perfectly matched.- Katella Gate

Anonymous said...

I worked at the Coca Cola Tomorrowland Terrace from 1969 to 1970. We didn't serve Pluto burgers, but we did serve Spaceburgers for 55 cents, Moonburgers (the moon is made of cheese...get it?) for 65 cents, and Jupiter Mile Long hotdogs for 45 cents. The back wall of the restaurant was covered in beautiful tiles that have since been removed. I worked nights and got to hear some incredible live music from the groups that performed on the on the hydraulic stage. Great times....