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  • Here’s an Aerial View of the 1964/65 New York Worlds Fair. GE’s Pavilion which featured Walt Disney’s Progressland is in the upper right corner. ~
At the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, an exhibit space was included a look at America’s figurative and literal electric future. Sponsored by the General Electric Company and designed by Walt Disney, elements of "Progressland" survive today in the Disneyland and Disney World theme parks.
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Their collaboration began in 1959, when General Electric asked Disney to create an entertainment element for the company's upcoming World’s Fair pavilion about electricity and its impact on Americans, present and future. By then, Disney had considerable experience in using innovative technology to enhance his theme parks. ~
Disney’s celebrity, and his very public perception as a tech innovator, were at the forefront of General Electric’s campaign to promote Progressland. A two-page, color advertisement in a 1964 issue of Life Magazine, declared that “You’ll love Walt Disney’s magic touch at General Electric Progressland.”
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And what show did a visitor see at the Fair? A theater where the stage stood still and the audience rotated around it--the “Carousel of Progress,” of “lifelike and animated human figures created by Walt Disney” depicting American life from the 1880s to the 1960s. ~
Other highlights of the $17 million, three-story Progressland pavilion included demonstrations of thermonuclear fission, an “all-electric city” model ,and “a fiery story of man’s struggle to control Nature’s energy on the world’s largest projection screen” (the building’s skydome). This focus on cutting-edge electric power was a timely one in 1964. • #disney #disneyland #waltdisney #1964 #newyork #worldsfair #1964worldsfair #generalelectric #ge #waltdisneyworld #walt #progress #theresagreatbigbeautifultomorrow #carouselofprogress #tomorrowland #aerial #drone #disneyhistory #didyouknow #rip #imagineering #vintagedisney #universalstudios disneybound #disneystyle #trivia #mickey #magickingdom #shermanbrothers #vintage #photography
  • Here’s an Aerial View of the 1964/65 New York Worlds Fair. GE’s Pavilion which featured Walt Disney’s Progressland is in the upper right corner. ~
    At the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, an exhibit space was included a look at America’s figurative and literal electric future. Sponsored by the General Electric Company and designed by Walt Disney, elements of "Progressland" survive today in the Disneyland and Disney World theme parks.
    ~
    Their collaboration began in 1959, when General Electric asked Disney to create an entertainment element for the company's upcoming World’s Fair pavilion about electricity and its impact on Americans, present and future. By then, Disney had considerable experience in using innovative technology to enhance his theme parks. ~
    Disney’s celebrity, and his very public perception as a tech innovator, were at the forefront of General Electric’s campaign to promote Progressland. A two-page, color advertisement in a 1964 issue of Life Magazine, declared that “You’ll love Walt Disney’s magic touch at General Electric Progressland.”
    ~
    And what show did a visitor see at the Fair? A theater where the stage stood still and the audience rotated around it--the “Carousel of Progress,” of “lifelike and animated human figures created by Walt Disney” depicting American life from the 1880s to the 1960s. ~
    Other highlights of the $17 million, three-story Progressland pavilion included demonstrations of thermonuclear fission, an “all-electric city” model ,and “a fiery story of man’s struggle to control Nature’s energy on the world’s largest projection screen” (the building’s skydome). This focus on cutting-edge electric power was a timely one in 1964. • #disney #disneyland #waltdisney #1964 #newyork #worldsfair #1964worldsfair #generalelectric #ge #waltdisneyworld #walt #progress #theresagreatbigbeautifultomorrow #carouselofprogress #tomorrowland #aerial #drone #disneyhistory #didyouknow #rip #imagineering #vintagedisney #universalstudios disneybound #disneystyle #trivia #mickey #magickingdom #shermanbrothers #vintage #photography
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  • 1,142 22 28 December, 2018
  • The Florida Tropical House, one of five existing Century of Progress Homes from the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. Designed by Miami architect Robert Law Weed, it was built to showcase Florida’s tropical climate (with its blend of indoor and outdoor spaces) and modern conveniences. You can find the Century of Progress Homes at the (very underrated) Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. #floridatropicalhouse #centuryofprogresshomes #indianadunes #robertlawweed (Photograph: National Park Service) #chicagoworldsfair1933
  • The Florida Tropical House, one of five existing Century of Progress Homes from the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. Designed by Miami architect Robert Law Weed, it was built to showcase Florida’s tropical climate (with its blend of indoor and outdoor spaces) and modern conveniences. You can find the Century of Progress Homes at the (very underrated) Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. #floridatropicalhouse #centuryofprogresshomes #indianadunes #robertlawweed (Photograph: National Park Service) #chicagoworldsfair1933
  • 761 22 24 January, 2019
  • On this day, April 22, in 1964, the New York World’s Fair opened in what would be known as the fair of Progress. In the 5 months it was open, it received over 50million visitors to its location in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, NY. ✨
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The fair was the venue that Walt used to design and perfect his system of "Audio-Animatronics", WED Enterprises designed and created four shows at the fair, they were:✨
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Pepsi-Cola Presents Walt Disney's 'It's a Small World'—a Salute to UNICEF and the World's Children, at the Pepsi-Cola pavilion: Animated dolls acted our scenes to represent international unity accompanying a boat ride around the world. The iconic song was written by the Sherman Brothers.✨
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General Electric sponsored "Progressland", where an audience was seated in a revolving auditorium called the "Carousel of Progress", where they viewed an audio-animatronic presentation of the progress of electricity in the home. The Sherman Brothers composed "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" for this attraction.✨
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Ford Motor Company presented "Ford's Magic Skyway", a WED Imagineering designed pavilion which was the second-most popular exhibit at the fair. It featured 50 motorless convertible Ford vehicles in an early prototype of what became the PeopleMover. The ride moved the audience through scenes featuring life-sized, audio-animatronic dinosaurs and cavemen.✨
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At the ‘Illinois pavilion’, a lifelike President Abraham Lincoln recited his famous speeches in "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln".✨
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After the fair, there was some discussion of the Disney company retaining these exhibits on-site and converting Flushing Meadows Park into an East Coast version of Disneyland, but this idea was abandoned. Instead, Disney relocated several of the exhibits to Disneyland in California, and subsequently replicated them at other Disney parks. Walt Disney World is essentially the realization of the original concept of an "East Coast Disneyland", with Epcot Center designed as a permanent world's fair! ✨
  • On this day, April 22, in 1964, the New York World’s Fair opened in what would be known as the fair of Progress. In the 5 months it was open, it received over 50million visitors to its location in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, NY. ✨

    The fair was the venue that Walt used to design and perfect his system of "Audio-Animatronics", WED Enterprises designed and created four shows at the fair, they were:✨

    Pepsi-Cola Presents Walt Disney's 'It's a Small World'—a Salute to UNICEF and the World's Children, at the Pepsi-Cola pavilion: Animated dolls acted our scenes to represent international unity accompanying a boat ride around the world. The iconic song was written by the Sherman Brothers.✨

    General Electric sponsored "Progressland", where an audience was seated in a revolving auditorium called the "Carousel of Progress", where they viewed an audio-animatronic presentation of the progress of electricity in the home. The Sherman Brothers composed "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" for this attraction.✨

    Ford Motor Company presented "Ford's Magic Skyway", a WED Imagineering designed pavilion which was the second-most popular exhibit at the fair. It featured 50 motorless convertible Ford vehicles in an early prototype of what became the PeopleMover. The ride moved the audience through scenes featuring life-sized, audio-animatronic dinosaurs and cavemen.✨

    At the ‘Illinois pavilion’, a lifelike President Abraham Lincoln recited his famous speeches in "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln".✨


    After the fair, there was some discussion of the Disney company retaining these exhibits on-site and converting Flushing Meadows Park into an East Coast version of Disneyland, but this idea was abandoned. Instead, Disney relocated several of the exhibits to Disneyland in California, and subsequently replicated them at other Disney parks. Walt Disney World is essentially the realization of the original concept of an "East Coast Disneyland", with Epcot Center designed as a permanent world's fair! ✨
  • 501 13 22 April, 2018

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  • Here’s an Aerial View of the 1964/65 New York Worlds Fair. GE’s Pavilion which featured Walt Disney’s Progressland is in the upper right corner. ~
At the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, an exhibit space was included a look at America’s figurative and literal electric future. Sponsored by the General Electric Company and designed by Walt Disney, elements of "Progressland" survive today in the Disneyland and Disney World theme parks.
~
Their collaboration began in 1959, when General Electric asked Disney to create an entertainment element for the company's upcoming World’s Fair pavilion about electricity and its impact on Americans, present and future. By then, Disney had considerable experience in using innovative technology to enhance his theme parks. ~
Disney’s celebrity, and his very public perception as a tech innovator, were at the forefront of General Electric’s campaign to promote Progressland. A two-page, color advertisement in a 1964 issue of Life Magazine, declared that “You’ll love Walt Disney’s magic touch at General Electric Progressland.”
~
And what show did a visitor see at the Fair? A theater where the stage stood still and the audience rotated around it--the “Carousel of Progress,” of “lifelike and animated human figures created by Walt Disney” depicting American life from the 1880s to the 1960s. ~
Other highlights of the $17 million, three-story Progressland pavilion included demonstrations of thermonuclear fission, an “all-electric city” model ,and “a fiery story of man’s struggle to control Nature’s energy on the world’s largest projection screen” (the building’s skydome). This focus on cutting-edge electric power was a timely one in 1964. • #disney #disneyland #waltdisney #1964 #newyork #worldsfair #1964worldsfair #generalelectric #ge #waltdisneyworld #walt #progress #theresagreatbigbeautifultomorrow #carouselofprogress #tomorrowland #aerial #drone #disneyhistory #didyouknow #rip #imagineering #vintagedisney #universalstudios disneybound #disneystyle #trivia #mickey #magickingdom #shermanbrothers #vintage #photography
  • Here’s an Aerial View of the 1964/65 New York Worlds Fair. GE’s Pavilion which featured Walt Disney’s Progressland is in the upper right corner. ~
    At the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, an exhibit space was included a look at America’s figurative and literal electric future. Sponsored by the General Electric Company and designed by Walt Disney, elements of "Progressland" survive today in the Disneyland and Disney World theme parks.
    ~
    Their collaboration began in 1959, when General Electric asked Disney to create an entertainment element for the company's upcoming World’s Fair pavilion about electricity and its impact on Americans, present and future. By then, Disney had considerable experience in using innovative technology to enhance his theme parks. ~
    Disney’s celebrity, and his very public perception as a tech innovator, were at the forefront of General Electric’s campaign to promote Progressland. A two-page, color advertisement in a 1964 issue of Life Magazine, declared that “You’ll love Walt Disney’s magic touch at General Electric Progressland.”
    ~
    And what show did a visitor see at the Fair? A theater where the stage stood still and the audience rotated around it--the “Carousel of Progress,” of “lifelike and animated human figures created by Walt Disney” depicting American life from the 1880s to the 1960s. ~
    Other highlights of the $17 million, three-story Progressland pavilion included demonstrations of thermonuclear fission, an “all-electric city” model ,and “a fiery story of man’s struggle to control Nature’s energy on the world’s largest projection screen” (the building’s skydome). This focus on cutting-edge electric power was a timely one in 1964. • #disney #disneyland #waltdisney #1964 #newyork #worldsfair #1964worldsfair #generalelectric #ge #waltdisneyworld #walt #progress #theresagreatbigbeautifultomorrow #carouselofprogress #tomorrowland #aerial #drone #disneyhistory #didyouknow #rip #imagineering #vintagedisney #universalstudios disneybound #disneystyle #trivia #mickey #magickingdom #shermanbrothers #vintage #photography
  • 112 6 8 hours ago
  • The 1939-1940 World's Fair in New York had special guests in the Westinghouse pavilion that foreshadowed the technological advances of later decades: Elektro and Sparko! The gold aluminum man was built by Westinghouse in Mansfield, Ohio in 1937, and spoke, moved, walked, and blew up balloons, counted his fingers and smoked cigarettes...leaving people amazed (the hole in his chest was to prove there wasn't a man inside, but gears and motors). Westinghouse had a whole line of robots in the first half of the century, but Elektro was the most famous. After the fair, Westinghouse took Elektro on tour (they even had plans to build a female companion for him), but when America joined WWII, he fell to the wayside. In 1957, Westinghouse revived him, and he took up residence in Pacific Ocean Park in Venice, California, where he performed. By 1960 he became a joke. He appeared (as SAM THINKO!) in the cult B-Movie Sex Kittens Go To College (staring Tuesday Weld and Mamie Van Doren, who proceeds to fall in love with the robot. Also, lots of near naked women dance around him). That was the last hurrah for Elektro. He was dismantled and his head became a paper weight for the son of the electrical designer...until Scott Schaut found the (now silver) body (crated up), and got the head right before it was sold at an auction in 2004. He fixed him up and put him on display at the Mansfield Memorial Museum (along with a replica and other Westinghouse robots). He refuses to let it leave...ever. He refuses to lend it out. So, instead, there are a bunch of replicas, including this one at Pittsburgh's Heinz History Center (I seem to remember one at the Museum of the City of New York a few years ago too). #robot #worldsfair #Pittsburgh #Pennsylvania #Ohio #MansfieldOhio #1939worldsfair #Westinghouse #Elektro #Queens #VeniceCA #1940worldsfair #history #NewYork #HeinzHistorycenter #dog #movie
  • The 1939-1940 World's Fair in New York had special guests in the Westinghouse pavilion that foreshadowed the technological advances of later decades: Elektro and Sparko! The gold aluminum man was built by Westinghouse in Mansfield, Ohio in 1937, and spoke, moved, walked, and blew up balloons, counted his fingers and smoked cigarettes...leaving people amazed (the hole in his chest was to prove there wasn't a man inside, but gears and motors). Westinghouse had a whole line of robots in the first half of the century, but Elektro was the most famous. After the fair, Westinghouse took Elektro on tour (they even had plans to build a female companion for him), but when America joined WWII, he fell to the wayside. In 1957, Westinghouse revived him, and he took up residence in Pacific Ocean Park in Venice, California, where he performed. By 1960 he became a joke. He appeared (as SAM THINKO!) in the cult B-Movie Sex Kittens Go To College (staring Tuesday Weld and Mamie Van Doren, who proceeds to fall in love with the robot. Also, lots of near naked women dance around him). That was the last hurrah for Elektro. He was dismantled and his head became a paper weight for the son of the electrical designer...until Scott Schaut found the (now silver) body (crated up), and got the head right before it was sold at an auction in 2004. He fixed him up and put him on display at the Mansfield Memorial Museum (along with a replica and other Westinghouse robots). He refuses to let it leave...ever. He refuses to lend it out. So, instead, there are a bunch of replicas, including this one at Pittsburgh's Heinz History Center (I seem to remember one at the Museum of the City of New York a few years ago too). #robot #worldsfair #Pittsburgh #Pennsylvania #Ohio #MansfieldOhio #1939worldsfair #Westinghouse #Elektro #Queens #VeniceCA #1940worldsfair #history #NewYork #HeinzHistorycenter #dog #movie
  • 24 1 16 hours ago