Dec 11, 2011


Scenes from the View-Master packet The Wonderful World of Disneyland: Tomorrowland (A179).


View-Master Tomorrowland (A179), Packet Cover

Packet Cover


View-Master Tomorrowland (A179), Booklet Cover

Booklet Cover


From the 16-page booklet:

“A Living Blueprint of Our Future”

SCIENCE FICTION has long been fascinated by the theme of time travel.  Although it may never be possible for man actually to journey into the past or future, in Disneyland this dream comes the closest to realization.

Walk up Main Street, U.S.A., and the years have been rolled back to 1910.  Visit Frontierland, and you are living in the pioneer America of the early 1800’s.  Stroll through New Orleans Square, and you are in the Delta City of the 1850’s; or embark on the Pirates of the Caribbean adventure, and you are in the midst of a buccaneer raid on the Spanish Main in the wild days of the 1700’s.

In Tomorrowland, by contrast, you are launched into the future.  Tomorrowland lets you experience what many of the leading men of science and industry predict for the world of tomorrow.  This View-Master Guided Picture Tour takes you into Tomorrowland, where you can ride the noiseless Monorail or the PeopleMover, and explore outer and inner space.


View-Master Tomorrowland (A179), Map of Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland, a showcase for science and industry, gives the visitor an opportunity to experience tomorrow today.  You can fly to the Moon, and journey into the microscopic world of the atom.  You can view the scenic wonders of America on a movie screen that surrounds you on all sides, and take a submarine voyage to sunken Atlantis.  You can ride the PeopleMover and the Monorail, and take the exhilarating Bobsled Ride down from the summit of Matterhorn Mountain.


Scene 1-1


View-Master Tomorrowland (A179), Scene 1-1: Entrance

Entering the World of Tomorrow


From the 16-page booklet:


Merely walking toward the entrance to Tomorrowland can give you a feeling of excitement. Ahead loom strange, modernistic shapes of buildings and transportation systems. In the background, towering 80 feet into the sky, is a white symbolic rocket surrounded by whirling jet cars. This is the Tomorrowland Jets ride, centerpiece of Tomorrowland.

Of Disneyland’s six “kingdoms,” Tomorrowland was the most difficult to design, because tomorrow doesn’t stand still. The present is continually catching up with the future. So Tomorrowland underwent the most extensive changes of any area in Disneyland. The new Tomorrowland, nearly twice as large as the original one, opened in the summer of 1967.


Scene 1-5


View-Master Tomorrowland (A179), Scene 1-5: Autopia

Autopia drivers pilot cars on miniature freeway


From the 16-page booklet:


Pint-sized cars with real gasoline engines are driven along “the world’s safest freeway,” the Autopia. Drivers are classified by height, and are assigned accordingly to either the junior or senior Autopia. In heavy traffic, rear-end collisions are common, but no damage results and the cheerful drivers don’t seem to mind. When Disneyland opened in 1955, the Autopia was more modern than most full-size expressways.


Scene 2-2

Flight to the Moon


View-Master Tomorrowland (A179), Scene 2-2: Flight to the Moon

McDonnell-Douglas Flight to the Moon


From the 16-page booklet:


Inside this dramatically-designed building we can take a Flight to the Moon—not a landing such as the astronauts made, but a regularly-scheduled “Lunar Transport Flight 92.” It will take us on a circuit of the Moon and back to Earth.


Scene 3-3

Bobsled Ride

View-Master Tomorrowland (A179), Scene 3-3: Bobsled Ride

A bobsled run’s watery finish


From the 16-page booklet:


Holding up to four passengers, the Matterhorn Bobsleds treat them to a ride that is guaranteed to bring squeals from teen-age girls. We plunge down steep slopes, whip around sharp turns, and suddenly—at the bottom—plunge into a pool of water that sends up showers of spray and slows the bobsled to a halt. As we climb dizzily out, we suspect that we left our stomachs at the top of the mountain!


Scene 3-4

G.E. Carousel of Progress

View-Master Tomorrowland (A179), Scene 3-4: G.E. Carousel of Progress

General Electric’s Carousel of Progress


From the 16-page booklet:


First shown at the New York World’s Fair in 1964-65, General Electric’s “Carousel of Progress” is now a popular feature of Tomorrowland. Inside a circular pavilion, guests are seated in one of a series of six theaters which revolve around a hub of four stages. All 32 “stars” of the show are animated by Audio-Animatronics.


Scene 3-5

Kitchen of 1890 Home

View-Master Tomorrowland (A179), Scene 3-5: Kitchen of 1890 Home

1890—the ultimate in modern living?


From the 16-page booklet:


Our theater glides to a stop in front of the first stage, where a friendly, chatty Audio-Animatronics man bids us welcome. He is enthusiastic about the progress of modern inventions, and wants to tell us about the conveniences he and his wife have in their home. They have their own water pump in the sink! He has heard that Tom Edison is even working on an idea for “snap-on electric lights.” Yes, sir, things couldn’t be better!

In the next scene, we are visitors in a 1920 home. The host—with the same face as the 1890 man—is just as enthusiastic. Electric cords dangle all over the kitchen, and the family is infatuated with that new invention, radio—static and all! Act 3 takes us into a 1940 home, and the host—again with the same smiling face—talks about his tiny-screen television which fascinates his children.


Scene 3-7

Progress City

View-Master Tomorrowland (A179), Scene 3-7: Progress City

Progress City—G.E.’s Look to Tomorrow


From the 16-page booklet:


The climax of the “Carousel of Progress” is a visit to Progress City, one of the largest scale models in the world. It depicts many of the latest ideas in community planning, including a climate-controlled central core and seven separate transportation systems. Building this intricate little city required 20,000 trees and shrubs, 4,500 buildings, 2,400 vehicles and 1,400 street lights—all authentic to the tiniest detail. Progress City is, in a way, a “capsule” summary of Tomorrowland itself—a glimpse into the kind of future in which man would realize his ideal potential.

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