Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Space Mountain Under Construction Steel and Crane

Continuing with the photographs of Space Mountain under construction in Disneyland. The first image shows the steel girders being installed for the Mission to Mars building. I am digging the El Camino parked on the construction site. The different colors of the steel create a great pattern to the picture.

The second image shows Space Mountain top with the giant crane in the background. The crane is placing steel girders for construction. The palm trees in the foreground are fantastic.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Four Views of Space Mountain Under Construction

A hectic Monday precluded me from posting yesterday, so to make up for it I am posting four images of Space Mountain during construction. First up is a dark view of the interior of the ride when it was still dirt prior to the installation of any infrastructure. It is neat that the roof was the first thing finished and then the track installed. I guess doing construction this way there were less rain delays.

Next up are two slightly more distant shots of the construction site. The first is taken from an overhead area such as the Rocket Jets gantry or the PeopleMover track or load area. Note the guests reading about the new attraction under construction and character shop. Also note the top of the Rolly Crump designed ticket booth.

Another view of the construction site from the same location. This shot shows the McDonnel Douglas Mission to Mars sign. The attraction itself was under construction at this time. In the far background you can see the top of City Hall.

The last view for today is this view of the girder construction of the Mission to Mars building.

Friday, April 18, 2014

A Two For Friday- Universal Jaws and Souvenir Friday

After traveling home from New Orleans yesterday, I was not able to post...so you are in luck today with a two for posting. First up are two more images from Universal Studios on April 20, 1980. First up is a view of their old west street with the Sherrif's office, dental office and General Store in the background.

The next image is of poor Bruce from Jaws sitting on a trailer.

Continuing the Universal Studios theme is this item for souvenir Friday, a Castle Dracula snow globe. In a great bottle shape, the Universal Monsters frolic at Dracula's Castle. See if you can name all the creatures portrayed in the globe?

And for those curious, here is the backside of a snow globe!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Glamor Trams at Universal Studio April 20, 1980.

Two nice images from a visit to Universal Studios on April 20, 1980. The images feature the main attraction at Universal, the Glamor Trams. First up is a shot of two trams in the New York section of the ride. I am sure the tram tour guides are describing the New York set and how movie and television sets are constructed.

The next view is one of my favorite views with the Glamor Tram with Frankenstein. I believe this is at the load station.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Universal Studios 1980 Part 1

Two nice images of Universal Studios on April 20, 1980. First is the poor tourist locked into a set of Colonial stocks. I like the Universal Studios signboard on the stocks. Note the bare feet.

Next up is a nice shot of a the display seen along the route of the Glamor Trams...A Cylon and vehicle from Battlestar Galactica. This was seen in front of the Battle of Galactica where guests would be deposited in the middle of an epic laser beam battle. The attraction was open 1979 to 1992.

Monday, April 14, 2014

1939 New Yorks World's Fair Views

Changing up for a little bit and exploring the 1939 New York World's Fair. The first view is from an upper balcony on the Trylon and Perisphere with the statue of George Washington in the background. In the foreground is Paul Manship's Sundial titled the Moods of Time and the Federal Building is in the distance in the background.

Next up is a view the front entrance of the Communications building with the statue titled Speed in the courtyard.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Souvenir Friday- Cast Member Invitation to Space Mountain Previews

Continuing the Space Mountain theme of the week, this is the invitation that was sent out to Cast Members to the premiere in 1977. Interesting to read that part of the program was a Disney History presentation along with entertainment as well as food. The finale of the evening was a ride on Space Mountain. The invitation is nicely designed and I like the die cut shape.