Saturday, May 30, 2015

Retro Saturday: Disneyland Goes to the World's Fair

Click the arrow to watch the film. Video source: Disney Video Magic YouTube channel.

The new Disney film Tomorrowland premiered on May 22.

If you grew up visiting the original Tomorrowland at Disneyland as I did, you'll note several internal references to several Disney attractions that arrived in Anaheim in the late 1960s. They were originally featured at the 1964 New York World's Fair.

The Tomorrowland movie opens with George Clooney's character as a child arriving at the 1964 New York World's Fair to the theme song from the Carousel of Progress. He travels through the “It's a Small World” ride. Later in the film, we learn that robots in the movie Tomorrowland operate using audio-animatronics — the technology used for “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.”

This week's Retro Saturday is a 1964 episode of Walt Disney's The Wonderful World of Color that aired on the NBC network. The first half of the episode is the history of fairs, but in the second half we're introduced to the Disney attractions at the fair, most of which wound up a few years later in Anaheim.

The Carousel of Progress was at Anaheim from 1967 until 1973. It moved to Florida's Disney World Magic Kingdom in 1975. The final scene is updated periodically to reflect advances in modern technology.

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