Good morning! This day in Disney history, May 14th,1958. The "Walt Disney Presents" TV series features episode 99 - "Magic Highway U.S.A." written & produced by Ward
Kimball. A film teaching viewers about highway development. The first 45 minutes of the show teaches viewers about highway development. Archival footage provided by the University of Michigan shows cars traveling on the unpaved Lincoln Highway circa 1913. And footage provided by the Horseless Carriage Club recreating the efforts of early motorists. The last 15 minutes of the episode (the best part IMO) features a sleek & stylized presentation of "future" America, Informally titled “The Road Ahead". If anything is a shining example of 1950s futurism, it is certainly these 15 minutes. Sleek & stylized, its concepts images portray a fun & exciting vision of future America. Sadly, so much that it predicted still has yet to be realized. We have yet to see the likes of multicolored travel lanes, radiant heat to clear rain & snow, radar screen windshields, giant road builders, atomic reactors that tunnel through mountains, & highway escalators, just to name a few of its high concept innovations.
To watch: http://is.gd/9ofRkA
What's your favorite concept for the future highway?
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A personal favorite is the beautifully hand crafted music box
A fun video from 2013, the story behind the music box with Clopin, Figaro and the even watch the Tangled Tower being put into the Fantasy Faire:
Of course, no trip to the Fantasy Faire would be complete without a visit to the Royal Hall. Loved this artist rendition, that's just how my girls are when they enter the Hall. ::sigh::
Took this next part directly from Disney Parks Blog:
“After walking into our main entrance, you will first go through a garden-like setting before entering the reception hall,” said Michel Den Dulk, Creative Director of Fantasy Faire for Walt Disney Imagineering. “Once inside the Royal Hall, guests will discover a beautiful gothic interior with nice wallpaper, wall cresting, wood finishes and chandeliers.”
Passing through a series of spaces, including the Grand Hall, you’ll have the opportunity to meet as many as three Disney princesses, from classic stories such as “Cinderella” and “Sleeping Beauty.”
Dont forget to grab a sweet treat from Maurice's Treats! At the time, (isn't there more now?) the adorable cart featured 3 “Twists” and a new signature beverage: Boysen Apple Freeze.
In a tribute to the historic Carnation Plaza Gardens, a shield over the archway leading from Fantasy Faire to Rancho del Zocalo in Frontierland displays the letters “CPG.”