Wednesday, June 27, 2012
It's Fair time again!
We've seen the crazy Eastman Kodak pavilion before, but this is an especially cool angle. The giant photos at the other end get most of the attention, but the rest of this 360 foot-long building was pretty eye-catching too. Arches, domes, spires, this baby had it all.
Walt Disney's presence at the Fair is well known (G.E.'s "Progressland", Illinois' "Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln", Ford's "Magic Skyway", and Pepsi's "It's a Small World"), but this diorama could be found inside the Eastman Kodak pavilion. Kodak was a major sponsor at Disneyland as well as "The Wonderful World of Disney" on NBC. Strange that Mickey Mouse is absent.
Here's a great view of the United States pavilion. It's huge! Inside there was a "Hall of Presidents", and exhibits about the "Voyage to America" and "The Great Society" (featuring the many accomplishments of the USA in the realms of art, science, and world peace). The thing that intrigues me the most is something called "American Journey", in which ...visitors travel on a moving grandstand through 472 years of American History as an extraordinary 15-minute film production unfolds. Novel multiscreen techniques and startling sound effects bring the past to life; lightning flashes as Ben Franklin flies his kite; the waters churn as Fulton launches his steamboat; old-time movies recall the Roaring Twenties. In the finale, the viewer is swept into the future on an imaginary rocket flight into space. Sounds pretty cool! Notice Shea Stadium in the background; the Beatles would perform there in about a year.
And finally, a not-very-inspiring view taken from "Meadow Lake Bridge", which crossed the Long Island Expressway to the Amusement Zone; that huge industrial shed in the foreground is part of the "Bourbon Street" area (see the stylized trumpet player?), while the New York State pavilion looms beyond.