Friday, October 06, 2006

Junior Autopia

This fun series of images was taken from a film strip released by the Encyclopedia Britannica in 1957. Film strips were made for all five lands, but I only have the one for Fantasyland. These views of the Junior Autopia are particularly interesting, you don't find many photos of that attraction...and look how bare that section of the park was! This Autopia opened on June 23, 1956, and was built at least partly on the land formerly occupied by the Mickey Mouse Club Circus. Mark II cars were used, though extensions (wood blocks?!) were added to the pedals so that kids could reach them.

The Junior Autopia closed after only two years, on September 15, 1958. The Fantasyland Autopia replaced it (opening on January 1, 1959).


Matterhorn1959 said...

This is so cool. Does the film strip come in a box with other materials or just the film strip. Also what else in Fantasyland does it show?

Chris Merritt said...

How on earth did you find that????

Major Pepperidge said...

Matterhorn, the film strip comes in a little red plastic "cannister" all by itself. Most of the other Fantasyland views are the usual Castle, Carousel, Dumbo, Pirate Ship, Tea Party, Casey Jr., etc.. as well as people sitting on dark-ride vehicles in the loading areas.

tangaroa, I got this on ebay (and was the only bidder).

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DisneyDutchman said...

How Cool!! Did you notice those Circus Wagons in frame 2?