Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 New York World's Fair in Disneyland! Part Three - Progressland

So far we have seen dinosaurs and Walt's Mr. Lincoln, now we are off to a spinning building that was a showcase for progress. Hmmm the Guide Book and the actual building seem to differ once again. Let's head inside and see what kind of tributes we can find.
Tribute to Monsanto's House of The Future.
There is a tribute to the World clock that was once the Tomorrowland entrance icon.
Probably one of my favorite tributes inside the building, this one to America Sings, with Sam the Eagle and the unnamed owl who was known as Ollie in some circles.
The only tribute I could find to the 1964 New York World's Fair.

The only part of the General Electric's Progressland to make it to Disneyland was the Carousel of Progress, which became America Sings and is now currently home to Innoventions.
The Disney Legends that signed this book are as follows, starting at the top:

Robert Henry (Bob) Gurr - designer who worked on all four Disney produced World's Fair shows including working on the ride systems for both Small World and Ford's Magic Skyway as well as the internal mechanisms for the Lincoln figure

Richard Sherman - songwriter who along with his brother Robert wrote the iconic song "it's a small world" but also my personal favorite, "It's A Great Big, Beautiful Tomorrow" for the Carousel of Progress which was part of Progressland

Rolly Crump - best known for creating the stunning Tower of The Four Winds in front of the "it's a small world" at the World's Fair but was the designer for Ford's Magic Skyway and also the art director for it's a small world

Alice Davis - costume designer who created all the costumes for the figures for "it's a small world."

Blaine Gibson - sculpted all four shows including his most famous creation, Abraham Lincoln for the Illinois Pavilion.

Marty Sklar - writer of concepts, narrations and publications for the Ford, G.E. and Small World shows.
Now we are off to the most famous of the four shows that Disney created for the 1964 New York World's Fair. The Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed...

1 comment:

  1. I miss the Carousal of Progress. It's the first ride that I head to when I hit Disneyworld,