Saturday, June 16, 2007

Tomorrowland circa 1978

I recently found a packet of negatives from around 1978 containing photos I personally took when I was a kid. As usual I was prone to taking pictures with my finger blocking part of the lens. I ain't no Weegee! Family members were photographed purely by accident (or under duress). I wanted nice clean pictures of Disneyland, or the best that I could get with my Kodak instamatic. Even then, Tomorrowland was my favorite!

Here is a pretty decent look at the exterior for Mission to Mars, and lots of groovy late-70's kids. Get a haircut! (My hair probably looked just like that).


I sure seemed to be enamored of Space Mountain...there are at least five nearly-identical photos of the soaring white cone graced with spires that reached up towards the stars (hey, the stars are there, we just can't see 'em in the daytime!). There's the old ramp to the upper level...I sure remember waiting in some long lines. And how often was the ramp not operating? My guess is that this was the first time I ever saw this fantastic roller coaster.


Another view of Space Mountain from the Peoplemover loading area...


And now we're up yet another level to ride the Rocket Jets.

7 comments:

Matterhorn1959 said...

Nice photographs, I would love to find a group like this out in the wild...Any pictures of you at the park like Daveland?

Major Pepperidge said...

Thanks Matterhorn...it's funny, my family went to Disneyland so many times, the only photos I have ever found are ones that I took. I'd love to find a picture of me as a little kid at the park!

Merlinsguy said...

I keep on keepin' on believing that I will see myself as and 11 year old in one of these photos.

Jim in Merced, CA said...

This is the Tomorrowland I grew up with. It was so great. Modern in that late 60s way -- and very Southern California with all the palm trees.

bigbrian-nc.com said...

You mentioned that you had several "almost identical" shots of Space Mountain. Are any of them MORE off-center than these? The reason I ask is that I had forgotten that the sign to the Character Shop was on those aluminium pannels like the ones at the "new Tomorrowland" entrance, and would like to see more of that sign/shop if possible.

Major Pepperidge said...

bigbrian, unfortunately none of the other photos show more of that Character Shop sign. I didn't even notice it until you pointed it out!

Connie Moreno said...

Love these!