Memorabilia from the 1964/65 World’s Fair

I have always wished that I could have attended the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair. This was a special fair for Disney fans as Walt Disney, along with his Imagineers, created many of the most memorable attractions! Today, I share some memorabilia I found from this fair.

From the Collection of The Henry Ford Museum

While visiting The Henry Ford recently I noticed these great souvenirs from the 64/65 New York World’s Fair.

Magic Skyway for FORD

So it’s not surprising to find a booklet remembering the Magic Skyway in The Henry Ford Museum due to the obvious Ford car tie-in!

Drinking Glass

This is the first time I’ve seen one of these! Obviously there must have been countless of them sold during the fair, but one wonders how many would have survived to today unbroken.

Martin Luther King Jr. with Children

This was fun to see. Many famous people visited the fair and rode the various Disney attractions.

GM Promotional Pamphlet – Futurama II

This pavilion depicted life 60 years into the future. It was one of the fair’s most popular exhibits and attracted some 26 million people. So Disney wasn’t the only designer who could put on a good show!

Ferris Wheel Ticket

This huge attraction was installed by the U.S. Rubber Company. Now I’m not normally a big Ferris Wheel fan but I would have loved a spin on this one! Interestingly, it was installed along the I-94 near The Henry Ford Museum in 1966. How cool is that?

These items are why I love memorabilia so much and do all I can to add new pieces to my own collection. But in this case, it seems The Henry Ford has beaten me to some really special pieces of history!

The American Adventure Show at Epcot!

World Showcase: The American Adventure

In our attraction series today, I’m taking an in depth look at the show and pavilion that is the American Adventure in Epcot’s World Showcase.  In addition to what I’m writing today here, I’m also guest posting over at my friend Jodi’s site, Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, where I’m also writing about the pavilion.  To link on over to the post there, you will find a link at the bottom of this post.

My idea for this post was to focus more on the attraction, but in doing my research, I learned some incredibly cool things that I didn’t realized when I first wrote my post for MMS.  As a result, I’m going to give a little bit of information about the structure that houses almost all of the elements to this great pavilion first.

Did you know…

That the building is made up of 110,000 bricks made from Georgia red clay?  Or that the pavilion itself comprises a stunning 108,555 square feet?!  Lastly, did you know that the “war wagon” — as it is known — is a computer operated device that moves and loads the different scenes in the show automatically, and that there are ten different sets underneath the stage that the “war wagon” controls?

We, The People

The theater that is housed inside the American Adventure pavilion seats 1,024 people, and in the theater, the show We, The People tells more about the greatest resource that our great country has — it’s people.

In the show, which is narrated by Mark Twain and Benjamin Franklin, you will learn about some of the great moments in the history of our country, including the following:

  • The landing of the Mayflower
  • The Boston Tea Party
  • Winter at Valley Forge
  • The writing of the Declaration of Independence
  • The Civil War
  • Industrialization
  • The Great Depression

While you are learning more about these moments in American History, you will also meet some of the great people from those time periods, including the following:

  • Susan B. Anthony
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Chief Joseph
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Will Rogers
  • Teddy Roosevelt

This show, which is one of the best at Epcot, in my opinion, doesn’t get the due credit it deserves.   Too many people think that this show is boring, or that it is only good as a way to get out of the hot Florida sun, or as a place to take a nap.  This is unfortunate, because the American history that this show looks at is a part of what made our country great.

It is my belief that, if we were to look to our past, we could use the lessons that we learned there and restore our country to what it once was — the greatest country in the world.

For a greater look at the entire American Adventure pavilion, stop on over and visit my friend Jodi’s site Magical Mouse Schoolhouse to learn more in a special guest post by yours truly!