Thursday, March 04, 2010

Two Views of Space Mountain and the Space Place

With the re-opening of Captain EO, many people have been nostalgic regarding the old Space Stage theater and the Space Place restaurant that was located under the line for Space Mountain. Here are two views of Space Mountain and the Space Stage theater. First up is a day view showing the old straight escalator entrance to Space Mountain. I have many fond memories of getting off of the Space Mountain ride and then running up the escalator and back on to the ride. Those were definitely the days!

An almost identical view of the location at night. Both of these are publicity shots from the opening of Space Mountain in 1977.

10 comments:

TokyoMagic! said...

Great photos today! Looking in the doorway of the Character Shop you can see the display bin that held the record albums that used to be available....including the park's attraction soundtracks.

Robert said...

Very cool. Thanks for posting.

Connie Moreno said...

I loved getting a cheeseburger and fried at old Space Place!!!

Connie Moreno said...

LOL, not fired...FRIES! But right now my brain is fried!

Matt said...

I love nighttime shots of Space Mountain

Katella Gate said...

If ever 70's architecture looked good, it was here at Disneyland. I miss this look, not because it's nostalgic, but because it's hansom.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

I agree with Katella Gate, its not the nostalgia about this part of the park, its that it was so well done, "Hansom" describes it well.

I miss the open space in front of Space Mountain, that wet ball thing makes zero sense smack-dab in the middle and they only made it worse by putting trees around it!

Anonymous said...

Tomorrowland architecture is/was better than much of the 70's "regular" architecture. It has a lot of the same "feel", but is more original and dynamic.

Architects in practice (that is, not working for Disney) tend to be slavishly imitative of whatever is in vogue at the moment (while simultaneously denying that they are such). Hence so much of the surviving work of any given era is highly reminiscent of just a few high-profile buildings.

Tomorrowland is almost completely free of that feeling, but the spirit of the design is still "of that moment". I am not sure now that this sense could be replicated in the current state of the profession.

Also, Disneyland is conspicuously absent from serious architectural criticism, deemed to be "low-brow" by the anointed. I do remember a professional magazine review of the Fantasyland do-over, it was faint praise,mostly focused on crowd management.

I say...nuts to those guys, take me to Disneyland.

Great photos, thank you.

JG

Anonymous said...

Is my memory faulty? I remember the Space Mountain entrance being speed ramps, not escalators. I also remember them usually not moving.

MIKE COZART said...

.......Tomorrowland from the 1967 revamp thru the 70's was actualy well thought out design -- it reflected good design. There was real space planning and art and sculpture --the designers were doing it as if it was real ---- Today you don't get much of that in Tomorrowland ---