Monday, March 28, 2016

Awesome Instamatic - Tomorrowland

There's just one photo today, but it's a goodie! We're in Tomorrowland, presumably just before July of 1967. Overhead, the Peoplemover track curves gracefully, and we can even see a number of trains sitting - but not moving yet. It looks like the attraction could open any day now! The image is helped by the bright sun and blue sky - a perfect day. In the background, the Rocket Jets and Adventure Thru Inner Space beckon... I actually bumped my head on the computer screen! I want to be there.


Say, who's that guy, and what is he doing? I'm guessing that he is making some sort of adjustment to one of the many motorized wheels embedded in the track that would constantly turn, providing traction and moving the unpowered Peoplemover trains on their way. Ingenious!


Down below, guests explore the New Tomorrowland; even the most casual of them appears nicely dressed by today's standards.



12 comments:

Nanook said...

Major-

Pretty swell-!

Thanks, Major.

MIKE COZART said...

Now that's a GREAT BIG BEAUTIFUL picture!!!!

TokyoMagic! said...

Adventure Thru Inner Space also appears to be closed. And there is just one Rocket Jet up in the air. I'm guessing it was higher in the air than the other rockets at the time the ride came to an end, so the others beat it to the "down" position.

I want to live in that picture.

Chuck said...

No safety railings or cable restraint, and not an apparent care in the world. How did the WW II generation survive without CalOSHA?

MRaymond said...

@Chuck. People didn't have the disorder of Terminal Stupidity back in the 60's. We also didn't need warnings that said "Don't Try This At Home". I'm with TokyoMagic, I'm ready to move in.

Kenneth Lane said...

Need another roommate, guys? I'm going, too!

Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, you’re welcome!

Mike Cozart, I’m glad you like it!

TokyoMagic!, yes, the doors to ATIS are closed, and there is a rope barrier; surely if the ride was open there would be a huge crowd. It is kind of odd that only one rocket is up; I always assume that most people are like me and want to be as high up as they can get.

Chuck, right after this photo was taken, 11 people fell and hurt themselves. NOW what do you have to say?! ;-)

MRaymond, gravity was lighter back then, so folks weren’t so prone to losing their balance and falling. I blame the government.

Kennth Lane, sounds like it’s going to be a crowded room!

K. Martinez said...

There it is! Walt Disney's optimistic futurism in all its glory. Thanks, Major.

Anonymous said...

What @Chuck & @MRaymond said.

I used to pull the controls back and forth to go up and down as fast as possible, the more "g"'s the better... wooo hooo.

JG

Dean Finder said...

Even though the Peoplemover isn't running (I hope, for the sake of the worker), you can see the tilted roof on some of the blue cars at the load area below the Rocket Jets.

That sky is so pefect, and the land so clean, it looks like promotional art. It would be nice if they kept the Peoplemover tracks this clean-it would lessen the sting of it not running.

Monkey Cage Kurt said...

See now THAT’S Tomorrowland. That looks like the future to me. Makes me wonder if the rest of us have caught up with these people in time yet.

I so want to believe that’s a young Bob Gurr up there.

Nancy said...

Awesome!!!! Where's that darn time machine when you need it....