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crimevortex:

"Walt’s participation in the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair was a turning point for the Disney Company. The fair was a chance to challenge the Imagineers. Walt wanted to prove to the world that his crew was better than any other group of designers. He had the chance to use other corporations’ money to conduct research and development while benefiting Disneyland…When the fair closed, three of the four exhibits were disassembled, shipped back to Disneyland, and reassembled." — Sam Gennawey, Walt and the Promise of Progress City


theresaneverlandwaiting4u:

Billed as the “fastest miniature train in the world,” the Disneyland Viewliner, which was capable of zooming along at a top speed of 60 mph on its narrow gauge track, was in many ways the stylistic precursor to the Monorail. The miniature train, which operated alongside portions of the Disneyland Railroad and motored through parts of Tomorrowland and Fantasyland, consisted of two separate trains that were powered by V8 gasoline engine. The attraction operated until September 15, 1958, when construction began on Matterhorn Bobsleds and Submarine Voyage. The Viewliner was removed when the Monorail arrived in June 1959 — making it one of the shortest-lived and most fondly remembered attractions in Disneyland history.
Where did the Disneyland Viewliner go?
"…we leave the trains parked backstage in a storage shed behind Fantasyland. On April 13, 1959, Disneyland made an offer to donate the old Viewliners as parking lot trams for the proposed Dodger Stadium in Elysian Park, near downtown Los Angeles….When the Dodger Stadium plan fell through, Walt proposed using the Viewliners to connect the Stadium with nearby Griffith Park. But there were no takers there either, and so the little trains just waited in their shed.  And there they sat, until the late 1970’s…” at that time they were dismantled, cut up and scrapped.
(Gordon & Mumford from the “Disneyland The Nickel Tour”)
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theresaneverlandwaiting4u:

Billed as the “fastest miniature train in the world,” the Disneyland Viewliner, which was capable of zooming along at a top speed of 60 mph on its narrow gauge track, was in many ways the stylistic precursor to the Monorail. The miniature train, which operated alongside portions of the Disneyland Railroad and motored through parts of Tomorrowland and Fantasyland, consisted of two separate trains that were powered by V8 gasoline engine. The attraction operated until September 15, 1958, when construction began on Matterhorn Bobsleds and Submarine Voyage. The Viewliner was removed when the Monorail arrived in June 1959 — making it one of the shortest-lived and most fondly remembered attractions in Disneyland history.

Where did the Disneyland Viewliner go?

"…we leave the trains parked backstage in a storage shed behind Fantasyland. On April 13, 1959, Disneyland made an offer to donate the old Viewliners as parking lot trams for the proposed Dodger Stadium in Elysian Park, near downtown Los Angeles….When the Dodger Stadium plan fell through, Walt proposed using the Viewliners to connect the Stadium with nearby Griffith Park. But there were no takers there either, and so the little trains just waited in their shed.
And there they sat, until the late 1970’s…” at that time they were dismantled, cut up and scrapped.

(Gordon & Mumford from the “Disneyland The Nickel Tour”)


atlantisglows:

Atlantis was promoted at Disneyland with models of the characters Kida and Milo displayed on Main Street. Due to the film’s poorer-than-expected box-office performance, Disney quietly canceled both a spin-off television series and an underwater attraction at its Disneyland theme park. 

atlantisglows:

Atlantis was promoted at Disneyland with models of the characters Kida and Milo displayed on Main Street. Due to the film’s poorer-than-expected box-office performance, Disney quietly canceled both a spin-off television series and an underwater attraction at its Disneyland theme park. 


theresaneverlandwaiting4u:

Gone but not forgotten…. Next to the Disneyland Hotel’s Monorail Station was the Monorail Bar or Lounge as it would later be called. The decor featured decorations of transportation modes from various eras in history.
In June 1961, the Monorail became a true transportation link instead of just a sightseeing ride. With an extended 2½ mile track, Disneyland Hotel guests could board the Monorail at the hotel and begin their park visit in Tomorrowland. And Disneyland Park guests could exit at the Disneyland Hotel to drink beverages at the Monorail Lounge that weren’t readily available in the park. Not only was the track extended, but trains grew from three cars to four cars and the fleet grew to three Mark II trains with the addition of a yellow Monorail.
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theresaneverlandwaiting4u:

Gone but not forgotten….
Next to the Disneyland Hotel’s Monorail Station was the Monorail Bar or Lounge as it would later be called. The decor featured decorations of transportation modes from various eras in history.

In June 1961, the Monorail became a true transportation link instead of just a sightseeing ride. With an extended 2½ mile track, Disneyland Hotel guests could board the Monorail at the hotel and begin their park visit in Tomorrowland. And Disneyland Park guests could exit at the Disneyland Hotel to drink beverages at the Monorail Lounge that weren’t readily available in the park. Not only was the track extended, but trains grew from three cars to four cars and the fleet grew to three Mark II trains with the addition of a yellow Monorail.