Part 2 of the tribute to the now extinct Wonders of Life pavilion.
This part of the tribute has full multi-angle footage of Cranium Command, the multimedia attraction taking you into the mind of an adolescent boy. There’s also footage of the main queue and preshow.
There is also full footage of The Making of Me, a rather sensitive film about human reproduction and birth. The film, hosted by Martin Short, is a very informative educational film aimed towards children ages 11-15 discussing how babies are made. Considering the topic, the film handles it in a mature manner, and there was a warning outside the theater discussing the maturity of the topic at hand.
There is also the full show of the Anicomical Players, a comedy show about health and life.
This video also chronicles the downfall of the pavilion from the pulling of Metropolitan Life’s sponsorship leading to it’s permanent closure in 2007, and also shows what the pavilion currently looks like and is used for.
The Wonders of Life pavilion was a pavilion I personally never got to experience but wish I had, and I feel like should be reopened or at the very least torn down and replaced with something so that the space isn’t as wasted as it currently is. I’ll go more in depth about my opinion on the state of the pavilion at another time in another post.
Part one to an absolutely wonderful tribute to the now-extinct Wonders of Life pavilion that ran from 1989 to 2007.
This video goes in depth about the design and concept of the Wonders of Life pavilion, showing the concept art and layout designed in part by Rolly Crump, which included a dark ride with an omnimover-style ride vehicle through the human body (later found out to be far too complicated, especially since the larger than life set pieces including a beating heart would have to run constantly), and then takes you through a full walk through of the pavilion, showing some of the main floor attractions like the Sensory Funhouse and then ride-throughs of Body Wars (Epcot’s first thrill ride) and the full show of Goofy About Health.
The footage of Body Wars shows the full queue, preshow, and full attraction in multi-angle footage and is probably the best ride-through I’ve seen of the attraction. There’s no flickering of the video screens, and the audio is very clear.
Goofy About Health is also shown in multi-angle with no flickering.
This tribute video (and the other tributes produced by the same man) are incredibly informative and will most likely show up on this blog often.
Tomorrowland in 1963 and 1957. Via Gorillas Don’t Blog
The LA Metro had a bus operator enjoy a day at Disneyland in 1955, he got to drive all the main forms of transportation during his visit! Photos from their archive on Flickr.
Son et Lumière: A Rare Look at EPCOT Center’s First Night Spectacular
These rare 1982 press shots gives us a rare insight to one of EPCOT Center’s shortest lived and obscurest shows: Carnival de Lumière.
The precursor to the now famous line of IllumiNations shows, Carnival was rather basic, in the fact that it only preformed on the entrance part of World Showcase Promenade. Instead of the quadrant of barges that form a loop in the center of World Showcase Lagoon, as in IllumiNations, Carnival had a fan of three barges that stretched from Mexico to Canada, much in the same way Disneyland’s World of Color is preformed today. The barges were solely for the purposes of projecting imagery onto large screens of misted water, a precursor to Laserphonic Fantasy employing actual lasers to paint bright shapes and images on larger curtains of water. Above, note the fountains positioned higher up, and being shot “down” into the lagoon, so as to be screens for the projections.
Pyrotechnics, meanwhile, were launched from smaller barges in between the fountain barges, and provided for a seamless line of spectacle across the northern shores of World Showcase Lagoon. The pyro effects weren’t as large as today’s presentations, but an assortment of comets, bursts, and streamers were used to accent the musical score.
Although there are no known recordings of the score, we can surmise that it was much like Laserphonic Fantasy’s: the original IllumiNations score, but under the guise of a heavy synthesizer.
However, despite all these negative qualifiers, this was the first! The first EPCOT Center night show that used the classical music of the nations of World Showcase, and the technical wizardry of Future World. A perfect synthesis for the grand and inspiring showcase that EPCOT Center is.
From the 1961 coming attractions guidebook!
Shot from The Haunted House on a Disneyland card.
November 24, 1955 - the opening day of the Mickey Mouse Club Circus at Disneyland. Walt always wanted a circus at Disneyland, and by making the movie Toby Tyler he was able to acquire the circus tents and cast. Ultimately it was a flop, there were problems with the circus performers drinking and cursing, and guests were not interested in going to a circus while at Disneyland.
Why you might see a dragon in the bathtub cleaning up? Or a flying saucer that’s out looking for its cup? (Second season Anything Can Happen Day opening)