Tuesday, December 06, 2016
My friend Mr. X gave me some more photos that he personally shot back in 1999 - a mere 17 years ago, and yet the park has undergone so many changes in the intervening years. I believe that he knew that the Autopia was going to be altered, which is why he wanted to take these pictures.
This one gives a good idea of how lovely the landscaping was; with all of the flowers and greenery, it looks like a nice place to throw down a picnic blanket, eat some cold chicken and leftover chocolate cake, and then lay down for a little snooze. If you can sleep through the incessant "putt-putt-putt" of the Autopia vehicles passing nearby! Note the Peoplemover track in the distance.
Three sporty little speedsters in primary colors zip along the roadway at an impressive 6.5 miles per hour (or so I've been told). Fuzzy red blossoms adorn the bottlebrush tree in the foreground - it looks just like the one in my mom's backyard.
Given the lack of real estate in Disneyland, the Imagineers did an amazing job of creating the illusion of a rolling countryside - one that happens to have a futuristic Monorail running through it.