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Apr082011

National Geographic Aug '63 [Part 2]

Ain't they pretty? Here are more pics from that fantastic 1963 issue of National Geographic. What a time!

Just think... W.E.D (Imagineering) had in recent years given us Tomorrowland '59 (Matterhorn, Submarine Voyage, Monorail, etc.) then Tiki Room. They were working on the 64-65 New York World's Fair attractions (Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, "it's a small world", Carousel of Progress, and Magic Skyway). And right around the corner were Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, and the perfect land if there ever was one, Tomorrowland '67. And we need not forget the Florida Project. What an unprecedented time to be an Imagineer. 

 

Related posts:

National Geographic Aug '63 [Part 1]
Carousel of Progress Like You’ve Never Seen It
1967 "New Tomorrowland" Broadcast
The Future Was Fantastic in '57
Matterhorn for Magic Kingdom Fantasyland
Jungle Cruise Commercials
Painting Animatronics 

 

Reader Comments (4)

I always enjoy those pictures - I have a copy of that magazine at home. One thing that always interested me was how it looked like people would dress up to go to Disneyland. You certainly don't see that now.

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Burns

This was the best creative period in Disney's history. Every good thing we've gotten since then sprang from what the Imagineers did during those few years. It's sad that, although today's Walt Disney Company is much larger and more powerful, it's not capable of doing those kinds of things anymore thanks to outsourcing and pointy-haired management.

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter@futureprobe1982

bigger never necessarily means more creative.

Sometimes the most creativity comes from having a lot less to work with, and just being really resourceful with it.

It also doesn't help that the genius behind all the creativity left us after that period.

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRuss

Those pics are beautiful. I picked up the 1968 Disneyland souvenir program a few years ago for $5 which has the first picture as its cover.

April 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterunitedstyle

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