Monday, July 21, 2014

Lagoon and Schweitzer Falls, October 1962

It would be hard to not take a picture of the view below, as our Skyway bucket emerged from the darkness of the interior of the Matterhorn into the brilliant future, with Monorails and "atomic" submarines. Very atomic!

From ground level, things look pretty mellow. One would never know that in the depths of the ocean there would be the ruins of Atlantis, a giant squid fighting a killer whale, mermaids, a sea serpent, and all manner of other wonders to behold!

"Major Pepperidge, why are you including this photo of Schweitzer Falls?". Well, that's a good question, Billy. You see, sometimes grownups make mistakes. And sometimes, those grownups are too lazy to fix those mistakes. Now go make me another Manhattan, Billy. You remember how, don't you? Use two maraschino cherries, attaboy!


Nanook said...


Perhaps all these images with beautiful water has 'sloshed-up' your mind - "A Manhattan"-? (Wouldn't a Mai Tai be more apropos-?)

Thanks, Major.

K. Martinez said...

Mistake? And here I thought you were going with the theme of waterfalls since all three images contain them.

Love the sun drenched image of Schweitzer Falls. Bee-eautiful!

Alonzo P Hawk said...

Nice shot of Schweitzer Falls!
And to think they named it after Alfalfa Schweitzer of the Little Rascals. Water, water everywhere.

Tom said...

I love that first lagoon picture. It's so vibrant and full of promise. Your depiction of coming out of the darkness of the Matterhorn and into the brilliant future is spot on. I'm sure most would utter a silent "wow" when that view popped.

I heard there was a basketball court at the bottom of that lagoon.

Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, it might have been a mai tai if I had posted the Schweitzer Falls image on purpose!

K. Martinez, I would never use "waterfalls" for a theme! Well, OK, maybe I would. Schweitzer Falls should now be called "Schweitzer Trickle".

Alonzo, yes, we all know the story of when Miss Crabtree found Alfalfa in the Belgian Congo. He was serenading the locals with his classically-trained voice (I think the song was "Beautiful Dreamer").

Tom, I feel as if the old "New Tomorrowland" was all about promise - an optimistic blueprint for the future that (for me, anyway) is part of what made Tomorrowland so appealing. Space travel! Sea exploration! Quiet, efficient transportation! A giant model of the "Progress City"! What a place.

Nanook said...

@ Alonzo P Hawk-

Make that "Dr. Carl Falls"...