‘Yesterland: How Disneyland’s Tomorrowland Went From Vision of the Future to Quaint Symbol of the Past’ for Slate

‘Yesterland’ was written as part of a Slate pop-up blog on the theme of the future.

 

When Disneyland opened its doors in Anaheim, California, on July 17, 1955, the word astronaut was not yet a household term. But a bright white rocketship towered over Tomorrowland (and, in fact, the entire park), poised to blast off into soon-to-be explored galaxies. Behind it stood a geometric space station, red letters over the entrance labeling it “Rocket To The Moon,” with two large spherical theatres jutting from the rear. Though it would be almost 14 years to the day before Neil Armstrong would take that one giant leap for mankind, Disneyland visitors would soon get close, experiencing a thrilling virtual trip around the moon and back again.

Read more ‘Yesterland’ at slate.com.


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