In the first post in our new "Then and Now" series we bring you early Magic Kingdom Tomorrowland shots from decades ago compared to ones from now.
Looking through vintage photos of the parks is fun enough but comparing the photos to the actual park is and thrill... sometimes a depressing one. (Can a thrill be depressing?) I do have to say though that I was happily surprised this trip to Magic Kingdom at what still remains as I compare everything to early photos. Plants and trees are much larger of course and a lot of things have different color schemes (too much purple for my taste), and a lot has been added--- mostly clutter.
Clutter. I need to write a post about clutter. Not construction clutter or food wrappers on the floor but cluttery design. Do we have to keep haphazardly pasting objects over well designed, aesthetically-pleasing, world-class architecture?? Are we to believe that "more is more"? Is the addition of all these merch carts and food carts really more important than the once breathtakingly beautiful sites they now block? OK--- another post for another day....
The "Then" photos throughout the series are from vintage souvenir pictorial books, slides, postcards, and other printed material. The "Now" photos are taken by blog staffers.
When taking photos we try to stand as close as possible to the exact spot the original photographers stood.
"Then" photos- copyright The Walt Disney Company- used for reference and comparison purposes only.