Disneyland 1967 - Adventure Thru Inner Space

Uploaded by DisneyHistory on 01.06.2012

-Background music playing
Todd: For Disneyland's first decade,
Tomorrowland featured attractions in which science and technology
created a miraculous future.
Rocket to the Moon which blasted guests into outer space.
Hall of Chemistry featuring the Chematron,
a device that showed young guests how chemists created materials
for the future.
Kiser's Aluminum Hall of Fame, extolling the benefits of Aluminum.
And the House of the Future, designed by MIT.
It explained how advanced plastics would improve suburban living.
In contrast, to these early attractions are those developed
in the 1980's and 1990's in which something always goes wrong.
In which science and technology inadvertently places
people in danger.
The transitional attraction connecting the general acceptance
of the 1950's to this skepticism of the 1980's is clearly,
"Adventure Thru Inner Space", sponsored by Monsanto.
Guests were miniaturized, and placed inside of a water molecule.
And they kept getting smaller.
Down into the world of the Atom.
The danger of shrinking, of scientific manipulation
is often present, but not always threatening.
The post show was a throwback to the 1950's
which presented the chemical achievements of Monsanto.
Synthetic fabrics, Fertilizers for crops,
All kinds of consumer goods.
First designed in the mid 1950's, Adventure Thru Inner Space was
slotted to be part of the Scienceland expansion at
the back of Tomorrowland.
Scienceland would also include attractions about
Space exploration and time travel.
But eventually, Inner Space was developed on it's own.
On July 29th, 1967, Inner Space premiered to
the press as a centerpiece for the new Tomorrowland.
The new Tomorrowland was a complete makeover of the area,
which also included the Peoplemover and the Rocket Jet Platform.
Join me now as we journey back in time,
and experience highlights from Inner Space as it existed decades ago.
-Todd Ends -Attraction Narrator Starts
"For centuries, Man had but his own two eyes to explore the wonders
of his world. Then he invented the microscope.
A mighty eye, and discovered the fantastic universe beyond
the limits of his own meager sight.
Now your Adventure Thru Inner Space has begun. Through Monsanto's
Mighty Microscope, you will travel into the incredible universe,
found within a tiny fragment of a snowflake.
I am the first person to make this fabulous journey. Suspended
in the timelessness of Inner Space are the thought-waves of my
first impressions. They will be our only source of contact once
you have past beyond the limits of normal MAGNIFICATION!
-Start of inner voice
I am passing beyond the magnification limits of even the most powerful
These are snowflakes, and yet they seem to grow larger and larger.
Or can I be shrinking, shrinking beyond the smallness of a tiny
snowflake crystal. Indeed, I am becoming smaller and smaller.
These tiny bits of snowflake crystal tower above me, like an enormous
wall of ice. Can I penetrate this gigantic prism? And yet this wall
of ice only seems smooth and solid.
From this tiny viewpoint, I can see that nothing is solid,
no matter how it appears.
And still I continue to shrink.
What compelling force draws me into this mysterious darkness?
Can this be the threshold of Inner Space?
These fuzzy spheres must be the atoms that make up the molecule.
Two hydrogen atoms, bonded to a single oxygen atom.
And I see it's the orbiting electrons that give it's fuzzy appearance.
Electrons are dashing about me. Like so many fiery comets.
Can I possibly survive?
And there is the nucleus of the atom.
Do I dare explore the vastness if it's Inner Space?
No, I dare not go on.
I must return to the realm of the molecule before I go on shrinking...
Oh, how strange. The molecules are so active now.
They have become fluid, freed from their frozen state.
That could only mean that the snowflake is melting.
--End of inner voice
Yes, the snowflake has melted. But there is no cause for alarm.
You are back on visual, and returning to your normal size.
This has been one of many exciting Adventures Thru Inner Space,
in a never ending search for new ways to rearrange molecules for
the benefit of Mankind.
Now in our display area, you will see modern miracles created by
of not only water, but air, coal, petroleum and many other
raw materials.
This is Monsanto."
-End of Attraction Narrator
Todd: In the post show area, animated
posters illustrate Monsanto's relationship with transportation,
housing and agriculture.
But, before we leave, there is one last thing to observe.
This unusual global clock.
It not only tells time throughout the world, but reveals Monsanto's
international influence by pinpointing Monsanto's facilities
And then we are outside, where dusk settles over the new Tomorrowland,
and eventually night falls on Inner Space.