Thursday, March 19, 2015
You might remember a recently posted Tomorrowland photo, from a group of weirdly-eroded 35mm color negatives. Out of the 24 frames, only three were salvageable, and happily, this was one of them.
I can't get enough views of the wonderful Flying Saucers attraction that lasted a mere five years… from August 6th, 1961 to September 5th, 1966. They were notoriously problematic, and yet… they look like so much fun! Even the color choices were inspired, with the white and orange saucers skimming across that cobalt blue surface. Beautiful.
One of the things I like about photos of this attraction is observing the way riders leaned and twisted and contorted themselves in an effort to make the saucers head in a particular direction - no easy task from what I've heard. But these small saucers had to have been much more nimble than the behemoths that were used in "Luigi's Flying Tires" - another "saucer" failure that was probably the nail in the coffin for this kind of ride.
"You boys have fun; I'm going to sit here and enjoy my cigarette".