Photographs That Capture What Life Was Like In The ’60s
The world of tomorrow... today at Disneyland, 1966
Imagine a world full of rocket ships and galaxies waiting to be explored, where the future was folding out in real time and nothing was impossible. That was Tomorrowland, Disney’s optimistic look at the far away future of 1986, a time when regular people would take rockets to the moon on a regular basis and the Atomic Age never ended. Walt Disney and his designers believed that soon Americans would be zipping around the country on mass transit, and watching 3D movies in the round. At the time of its design, Tomorrowland was meant to be “the factual and scientific exposition of things to come,” as Disney wanted his theme park to be both fun and educational. When dedicating Tomorrowland he said that the new area of the park would be a:
vista into a world of wondrous ideas, signifying man’s achievements … a step into the future, with predictions of constructive things to come. Tomorrow offers new frontiers in science, adventure and ideals: the Atomic Age … the challenges of outer space … and the hope for a peaceful and unified world.
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