I was just thinking about the innovations (not innoventions lol) that occured during the last 11 yrs of Walt Disney's life and then I compared them to the things accomplised in the last 41 yrs and its pretty surprising what one man can do even if he was just the driving force behind things and not the hands on person it is also a sad sad statement on the lack of such imagination and lack or far sightedness to be found in people in general since the turbulent 60's the loss of the space race is another example.....
Heres a quick timeline I thought and please forgive me in advance for any actually dates in the timeline I dont think we need to get mired down in specific dates its the general theme that matters....
It is also important to note that many of these creations were first thought up and then built in less than a year compare that with today and... well you get the point..
All of Disneyland is completed and opened a creation the likes of which had never been seen before most notably the themed lands spaning the major interests of the human race especially the future in Tomorrowland and promoted using television
The creation of the Monorail Transportation system and the Submarine voyage. (And my year of birth btw)
The flying saucers tho flawed still innovative and very very cool I remember them as a very young kid.
A banner year for Walt Disney
The worlds fair had many pavillions designed by Walt created alot of new ride technology most of which was them moved to Disneyland also a very smart move. These innovations in this two year period were:
The peoplemover style track system
The Omnimover ride track system to later be used in Innerspace and the Mansion
Audio Animatronics in the form of the Dinosaurs now seen on the train ride, Great moments with Mr. Lincoln and the Carousel of Progress and later used in the Tiki Room
Yes Walt sadly suddenly passed away in late 66 but the following were near completion in both design and construction and are to be included in his life's work:
The all new Tomorrowland with the influence of the 64 worlds fair. Including the Peoplemover, the Adventure thru Innerspace, the Carousel of progress and Flight to the Moon.
The Pirates of the Carribean in the new New Orleans sq and the Haunted Mansion.
Its amazing and incredible what was accomplished and all the while movies being made and plans for WDW in Fl as well as his EPCOT Progress City.
Then think about what they did SINCE then over the last 40 or so years.............what has failed, .. rocket rods etc and how long it takes to do anything.... Peoplemover track.... get new monorails to work etc.....
and most of what has been done was using technology that was already in the industry, .... flight simulators etc.... nothing really new and innovative like Audio Animatronics.