The influence for Space Mountain was already taken into consideration from Walt's imaginer's in 1967 when the New Tomorrowland opened.
We have a vast amount of years difference here to try to bridge Tomorrowland with Star Wars.
Space Mountain has nothing to do with Star Wars... Absolutely Nothing
Walt Disney Helped Wernher von Braun Sell Americans on Space
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama (AP) -- Wernher von Braun, the German physicist who oversaw most of the achievements of the U.S. space program until his death in 1977, might not have been as successful if it weren't for Walt Disney.
Von Braun, a hero to many for his work as technical chief of the Army's missile program and later NASA's space program, began a concerted effort in the 1950s to sell the idea of space travel to the American public. That included the collaboration with Disney on three highly popular space-related television films.
``He had the ability to take this interest in space exploration and take it to the public,'' said Mike Wright, staff historian for the Marshall Space Flight Center.
Disney's senior producer, Ward Kimball, had taken notice after von Braun and other scientists wrote a series of articles for Collier's magazine, said Wright. He tapped von Braun to work on the popular Disney TV films about space.
Von Braun's work on the Disney films and the Collier's series sold many Americans on the idea of space flight and helped ensure adequate funding of the space program, said Wright.
The German scientist's personality was important for the success of the space program, said Michael Neufeld, a curator at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington who wrote a book about von Braun and his rocket team.
``He was very charming, he was very charismatic,'' Neufeld said. ``He was a very good politician in the context that he understood.''
Disney, who would become an international icon, opened Disneyland the same year that von Braun worked as a technical director on three Disney TV programs about space.
The first, ``Man in Space,'' aired on ABC on March 9, 1955. The second, ``Man and the Moon,'' aired the same year, and the final film, ``Mars and Beyond,'' was televised on Dec. 4, 1957.
Von Braun's talent was that he could communicate a vision of space travel in layman's terms while bringing to the message the authority of a scientist.
``To make people believe that space flight was a possibility was his greatest accomplishment,'' said Wright. ``Von Braun brought all of this out of the realm of science fiction.''
"A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away..."
It has to do with Mythological past - not the science future...
Having pointing this factoid out, I don't think it is a problem with Tomorrowland...
The problem with Tomorrowland in California is what happened with Florida parks has changed what Tomorrowland is in concept because of EPCOT. WDI has had to design and plan for those two parks so that the experiences had to have differenication... However in California it totally failed to integrate the harder science based experiances with the science fantasy. So we get Innoventions and HISTA... Two "crap-tacular" experiances that have no place in Tomorrowland.
I think they should have aimed higher... It is possable to look at futurism with all it's current challenges with an optimistic light... That is what Tomorrowland was about - overcoming adversity to live in a brighter future.
I think we can blame the 'lack of imagination' for the 'new/current' Tomorrowland - at least the one in Anaheim.
It's getting linked to too much sci-fi and not a serious thought for the future - and Walt Disney really had ideas in Tomorrowland that he'd hoped would be in the future of Anaheim, Orange County, California - THE WORLD!
Think about it - the Monorail opened in 1959 - and was the only Monorail. Now there's one that is actually used for transportation in Las Vegas. This is what I am talking about. I highly doubt there will be any BLAB's in our Future life outside of Disneyland - hence my thought of linking to much Sci Fi to Tomorrowland ....but there could be a PeopleMover in real life....and put it back in Tomorrowland would be a huge step of 'displaying' the Future...
The thing that gets me about Star Wars and it's incorporation into Tomorrowland is that Star Wars is very very clear in it's opening titles when it reads "A Long Time Ago..." - and to me, that just doesn't gel. If Tomorrowland is the FUTURE, why are we putting Star Wars themed stuff that is supposedly 'a long time ago' in there?
So, the best that imagination had to offer has created the lack of imagination we see today?
All the good ideas were just be recycled...(space port and star wars were good ideas)...until it became old and dull...
that's kinda sad. :(
Have any of you ever heard of the Space Race, Spudnik, Apollo missions, man landing on the freaking moon, Space was a big fad way before starwars, the space changes at disney came about due to the public intrest in NASA and space travel, did you know that people watched the moon landing on a giant screen in Tommorrowland, I bet that was awsome
I actually think 1 was over rated cause no one can over look jar jar and anakins dialog, but its pretty decent. 2 just really sucked except the sound effect for the sesmic chargers and the whole battle. And 3...man was just to long and went outside the SW element that made Star Wars, Star Wars, instead just a special effect explsion and....eh this is not th etime or place to nerd out
I am SO GLAD Disney Rejected the Lucas "Space" movie. Can you imagine Disneyland today with Star Wars heavy Everything themed Tomorrowland, and SW Characters everywhere, parades, fireworks shows? Not to mention there is no way Disney would have let Lucas have total control after the Hit of A New Hope, so Empire and Jedi probably would have had Mickey and Minnie take over Luke and Leia.... Blech.
No, I blame past management for a poor tomorrowland. They lost the true idea. Walt loved the idea of new frontiers, be it the American West, or the next frontier at the time, Space.