Friday, June 05, 2015
Today I'm sharing a few photos from Tomorrowland; technically these are "leftuggies".
This first one is dated April, 1967, and is an awesome view of the red Mark II Monorail witting at the station. I love that we get a good look at the beam as it curves back toward Howard Johnson's (it almost looks like you could catch the Monorail at HoJo's - but you couldn't!), as well as the Autopia track.
Zooming in, we can see that the Monorail is wrapped in plastic sheeting for some reason. Probably to lock in freshness. Presumably the attraction was closed while the 5-car Mark III trains were being built - those would debut sometime in 1968. It's sort of sad to see the rust on the shiny metal trim. I am guessing that most of this Monorail was scrapped, but the front section was saved and in 1990, was converted into a road vehicle called the "Mouseorail", which toured the country.
After that it was used in part of the "Rocket Rods" pre-show, painted blue with glowing orange outlines so that it resembled a 3D wireframe model.
I have no idea what happened to it after the Rocket Rods closed in 2000.
Next is this nice photo taken along the Tomorrowland Autopia's roadway (no guide rail!), as we follow a pale-yellow vehicle. Above us is the Monorail, which makes me think that this is almost the same part of road that can be seen in the previous photos. You can just see part of the Submarine lagoon's rock work through the tangle of beams and ramps.