I have really enjoyed this series of pictures and commentary. I love the concept shots of the Lake Buena Vista Property. Did you notice the WEDway tracks everywhere? That is what I have always thought of the people mover as...it seems that on the West Coast, the people mover never got updated to this version. Also, did you realize that the WWPM (Now Tomorrowland Transit Authority) has a very cool drive system? The DL version had motors on the track-- the MK version has linear induction motors that essentially propel the cars with electromagnets. I wonder why the system wasn't used for practical transport like the monorail is...for that matter, I wonder why the monorail hasn't been expanded on either coast...
I have very pleasant, somewhat vague, memories of the original Carousel of Progress at Disneyland. I was no more than 6 or 7 on my last trip before it was moved to Florida, but remember being dazzled by the model city on the second floor. I only remember snippets, but was delighted to see the picture in today's posting.
After CofP was replaced by America Sings I used to look up at the second story of the carousel theater and wonder what was there now, and what happened to that amazing display.
Sixteen years later I made my first trip to Florida. One of the first things I did at the Magic Kingdom was to revisit the CofP. It brought back fond memories of my early visits to Disneyland. But as I left I knew something was missing... that trip upstairs to see that fantastic vision of the future.
As you led off on the fact that so much of this archived material would be snapped up if they'd only release it, I'd like to comment that it seems just wrong that ABC isn't doing anything for the "actual 50th"--you'd think they'd have come up with some sort of special or something to highlight the event. After all, wasn't that sort of "synergy" part of the reason they bought CapCities/ABC in the first place?
Hopefully that DVD will start showing up in the US soon.
Thanks again for another great article and some truly wonderful photos. You've really captured the former glory of Tomorrowland. It was a feast of movement, color and fun things to do. You've sparked a lot of fond memories.
"Yesterday, a man walked up to me and said, 'Isn't it a shame that Walt Disney couldn't be here to see this?' and I said, "He did see this, that's why it's here."
-Art Linkletter July 17, 2005-