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.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Space Mountain Under Construction Part 5

Continuing with the photographs a cast member snapped of the Space Mountain attraction under construction. The first image shows the trucks hauling out the dirt and debris from the ride area. I am not sure where the photographer was standing, probably on the second floor of one of the administration or locker buildings.

Next image is taken from the Rocket Jets attraction and shows the construction from the Tomorrowland side. Note the great sign for the original sponsor of the Space Mountain attraction, McDonnel Douglas. The company had also sponsored the Rocket to the Moon when TWA left in 1961. I am digging the groovy artwork on the construction fence, very 1970s and I would think something like that would be painted on a van.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Space Mountain Under Construction Part 4

Continuing with the set of photographs chronicling the construction of Space Mountain in 1976. The first image is shot from backstage with construction trucks and a security guard checking the parking lot. The roof is quite nice in this image.

Next is an onstage shot of the construction site. This was taken prior to park opening with two cast members in the picture. I believe this was taken from the Peoplemover track. Note the great Rolly Crump designed ticket booth, the Character Shop in the background, the lift for the Rocket Jets and the nice construction wall graphics. Unfortunately the photograph is not close enough to get a good image of the construction wall graphic.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Space Mountain Under Construction Part 3

Two more Space Mountain construction photographs from 1976. First up is an elevated view of the structure featuring the great roof and also the open sides. Note the great modern design on the top of the roof and you can see the ribbed design.

Next up is an interior image with the amount of dirt work for the infrastructure. In the background is an Administration building and an America On Parade float parked.