Friday, May 13, 2016
Oh boy, vintage Tomorrowland! My favorite. Both of today's photos had been rejected long ago due to the fact that they had turned so magenta that I was unable to adequately restore them at the time. But that was then! I've taken a crack at them again, and thanks to the wonders of technology I managed to make them presentable.
Howsabout this lovely shot of the Clock of the World, from August 13, 1955? The park had only been open for a month; Tomorrowland was famously behind schedule, and much of it really didn't open until August. The Dutch Boy "Color Gallery", Richfield's "The World Beneath Us", the "20,000 Leagues" walk-thru, all debuted that month. Other attractions would open as the year progressed. So, this was a minty-fresh place, and it looks like it. To our left is the Circarama building, while the Monsanto Hall of Chemistry is to our right.
Thanks to Jason's Disneyland Almanac, I can tell you that the August 13, 1955 was a Saturday. The park was open from 10 AM until 10 PM, and the high temperature was a comfortable 80 degrees. Attendance was 17,928. Two days before, Richard Nixon and his family had visited the park.
This one still appears slightly funky, but trust me, it's so much better than the original slide. I love this shot of the mighty Matterhorn (just look at those waterfalls!) with the Skyway buckets, the Monorail track, and the adorable mid-century architecture of the Yacht Bar. Sweeeeeeeet!