What I Learned from Disneyland's extended Tomorrowland (Movie) Preview
Last weekend, I was able to watch the extended Tomorrowland movie trailer and visit the movie exhibit at Disneyland. I learned several things.
1. The 1964 New York World's Fair plays a part in the storyline.
The movie preview opened with the character of young Frank Walker arriving at the 1964 New York's World's Fair. The production team referenced photos to make it all come alive in the movie. My favorite placard that you can see as part of the pre-show to viewing the extended trailer is this one. It kind of says it all.
You can go to my DisneyAvenue post today to see some photos that show how the film production went to great lengths to re-create the details.
The pre-show area made me more curious about the 1964 New York World's Fair. I always knew it as the venue where "its' a small world" and the debut of Audio-Animatronics (President Lincoln). I found all sorts of articles to read about how much Walt Disney was involved with several World's Fair participants. Here are a couple worthy ones to read:
- Walt Disney and World's Fairs from ExpoMuseum.com
- Pepsi-Cola sponsored "it's a small world" exhibit to salute Unicef from nywf64.com
- New York's World Fair from Westland.net is a good website for general information
2. Walt Disney was very involved in the 1964 New York World's Fair.
As a result of learning more things about the 1964 World's Fair, I discovered that Walt Disney was clever in using this venue to allow his new company, WED, to show off their new projects. WED stood for Walter Elias Disney and was formed in 1952 as the company to plan and design Disneyland. They were always working on something and the fair would allow visitors on the east coast get a taste of a Disneyland experience. The fair was a great venue to introduce the new technology that WED was creating. WED worked on 4 separate exhibits for the 1964 World's Fair.
The following video is from the series, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color series. This one is titled "Disneyland Goes to the World's Fair". You can really see how excited Walt was to bring the progress and news about the Disneyland exhibits at the World's Fair.
3. There is a connection between Walt Disney and Tomorrowland.
In the new Tomorrowland Movie Exhibit that is located outside the exit of the Tomorrowland Theater, there is this clip where Tomorrowland director, Brad Bird and his team explain the Walt Disney connection to this movie.
I think the Tomorrowland movie has always been under the radar simply because there was very little known about the plot. Was it a live-action about the Tomorrowland location at Disney Parks? Was it a sci-fi movie about Tomorrowland?
When Brad Bird came on board as the director, people got excited. It's only been in the past couple of weeks that the movie is getting some buzz and attention. From the trailers that have been released and after my viewing of the extended preview, I can say that the movie has suspense, action, and lots of sci-fi imagination.
This is the plaque that greets Guests when they enter the Tomorrowland area. Just keep that quote in the back of your mind when you watch the movie.
My family and I are planning on seeing it on the big screen. After we saw the extended preview, we were IN!. Tomorrowland opens on May 22nd, Memorial Weekend. May 22nd also happens to be the beginning of Disneyland's 60th Celebration.