Next is a similar image showing the parking lot for the security carts with a couple of Main Street cast members looking at the carts. In the background is the large construction site.
The second image shows a large construction crew working on the roof. An interesting look at how the ribs on the roof were built over the steel structure.
A view from the front with light obscuring the globe.
Image showing the reverse of the globe.
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.
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.
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!
The next view is one of my favorite views with the Glamor Tram with Frankenstein. I believe this is at the load station.
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.
Next up is a view the front entrance of the Communications building with the statue titled Speed in the courtyard.
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.
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.
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.
Next image is from the inside of the building under construction. You can see the large panels are open and these were filled in and also some of the infrastructure for the attraction. Also the trailer for the construction company Zapata Diversified Builders. From a quick search, the company is no longer in existence but they did a lot of large scale construction projects.
A wet and rainy view of the roof of the ride with the walls open. Cast members are walking by into work with their umbrellas.
Next we head to the Jungle River Cruise and the native hut with outrigger that is seen from the loading dock. The hut has lost some of its accessories over the years and is now less visible. In the 1950s it was filled with shields, spears and fruit.
Next is a view from the Skyway of the Dumbo the Flying Elephant. This is a different view than the usual of Dumbo as most are taken from the ground. The motion is very well done in this image.