Disney at Space: Part II

Disney at Space: Part II

Podcast 33: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module “Eagle” landing on the moon on July 20, 1969, Jim Korkis joins me for Part II, as we talk about the wonders of space and its connection to all things Disney. You can find the podcast here on Podbean and here at iTunes. You can also find Part I, as well as, the show notes here.

Note: To get the real effect of being in space, Jim sounds like he is an astronaut talking to us from the dark side of the moon! Seriously, our apologies as we seek to improve the recording sound.

Disney in the Parks

The actual first steps of man walking on the moon was televised at Disneyland.

Guests viewing the event at Tomorrowland Terrace at Disneyland. Photo by Disney.

But there had been a great deal more created about space before that moment. So much of Disney is a celebration of rockets, technology and the future. It’s found throughout the parks. Here’s some images relating to the topics we cover on the podcast:

Disneyland Rocket to the Moon

The TWA Moonliner being prepared in front to the Rocket to the Moon complex as Disneyland is being constructed in 1955. Photo by Disney.

There was a second smaller version of this rocket built for TWA’s headquarters in Kansas City. You can link to an article on that here.

Flight to the Moon

Mr. Tom Morrow explaining space preparatory to a Flight to the Moon. Photo by Disney.
Mission Control is no place for dummies. Photo by Disney.
Guest seating for a fight to the Moon. Photo by Disney.

Mission to Mars

Mission to Mars at Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World. Photo by Disney.

Space Mountain

Neil Armstrong joins Mickey Mouse at Space Mountain. Photo credit: Disney

Future World Epcot

Image by Disney suggesting an earlier space pavilion for Epcot
Mission Space when it was completed. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

To Infinity & Beyond

America’s love of space has been encapsulated by Buzz Lightyear who invites us all to go to “infinity and beyond”. Attractions in Disney parks throughout the world celebrate this intergalactic culture.

Star Wars

Of course, space is more present at Disney parks than ever, with the addition of the new Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Resort and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World.

Jim Korkis, Disney & More

Jim Korkis offers so much insight on Disney. There is much to learn, from film and animation to Disneyland and Walt Disney World. A frequent speaker at major Disney fan events, and in places like the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, Jim brings great stories few have heard, and all enjoy. You can find a listing of his published books at Theme Park Press. Check it out today!

J. Jeff Kober

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