Sunday, August 22, 2010

Tomorrowland Tripod Lights

When Disneyland opened in 1955, it was struggling to create a sufficient number of attractions to lure guests.  In a pre-opening advertisement the outdoor lighting of Tomorrowland was spotlighted with this copy:

In Tomorrowland, aluminum spheres on 20 foot tripods accurately forecast future techniques in outdoor illumination.

The opening day Tomorrowland was intended to predict the far off future date of 1986!  Well, come the mid-eighties we didn’t exactly have tripod light poles on every street corner, but we did have track lighting.

This SketchUp model was created using the original advertisement art, and various photos, as reference.  The only dimensional information available was the 20-foot reference; all other dimensions are estimates.  The attraction posters were added to some of the tripods around 1956, or 1957.

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