Friday, June 12, 2015
Man oh man, vintage photos of Tomorrowland - like this first one - get me all worked up! It was the best. It's not that it's bad now; Space Mountain is awesome, and the new Star Tours is fun. The "Nemo" subs are better than no subs at all (talking about damning with faint praise).
But the "New Tomorrowland" that opened in 1967 reached some sort of joyous perfection. It looked beautiful, it was kinetic and exciting, and felt like a glimpse into a promising future. Seeing the Peoplemover track loaded with vehicles makes me realize how much of a difference it makes NOT having that attraction today.
Photos from this angle seem to be scarce; this one gives us a great view of the "gantry" (elevator) that took guests up to the Rocket Jets platform. It was probably not the most practical way of doing things, but it was SO great!
Meanwhile, over at the entrance to Tomorrowland, here's a nice photo of one half of the gleaming silver metal "gateway". Mysterious hieroglyphs are incised into the metal, including one snowflake (can you find it?), a tribute to Monsanto's "Adventure Thru Inner Space" (or so I'm told). The fountain appeals to me because it is weird (the bowls look like intergalactic whales!), which makes me a hypocrite, because if something like this had been added today, I would probably gripe about it! Or maybe not, who can be mad at a fountain?