Also, I’m really bummed my video postcards from Spaceship Earth aren’t available anymore.
Good thing I downloaded them last year (but one of them downloaded without audio).
Army veteran and student, Maribel Ramos is missing in California.
Reblogging on this blog because more of you are likely to be in that area, given the proximity of Cal State Fullerton to Disneyland (and how many cast members attend there). She was reported missing on Friday of last week, but hasn’t actually been seen since Thursday. More information here.
If you see her, please call the Orange Police at (714) 744-7444 (general phone number), (714) 744-7403 (Watch Commander), or (714) 936-4501 (Detective Joey Ramirez).
[UPDATE]: Maribel Ramos was found dead on Thursday, May 16. Police are treating it as a homicide, and have arrested her roommate.
Strange as it is to think, these murals will look bizarrely alien/foreign as being part of Disneyland to some Disney fans here - admittedly, they seemed even to me not to have much to do with Tomorrowland, where they once lived, but I always enjoyed them all the same.
Collectively titled ‘The Spirit of Creative Energies Among Children’,
these two murals were designed (of course) by Mary Blair, the artist responsible for the look of It’s A Small World and designer of the giant Grand Canyon/Southwest tile mural at the Contemporary at Walt Disney World. They debuted in 1967, gracing (top image) the Circlevision 360 building and (lower image) the Adventure Thru Inner Space building.
The Inner Space mural lasted till 1986, when it was replaced with a scene of deep space and Starspeeders and the Death Star, to herald the opening of Star Tours. Circlevision’s mural vanished in 1997, with the advent of Disneyland’s not very successful ‘New Tomorrowland’.
It is unknown if any portion of these murals remain intact at Disneyland, though it seems rather unlikely - sadly, all too easy to imagine the tiles being carelessly ripped down rather than left in place beneath exterior of the new artistic piece or removed with care to preserve them. These were eras before Disney park fans were both versed in much obscure company history as an overall group and were able to quickly and collectively compare notes/organize and speak out in defense of historical elements being saved, which came into being via the Internet: there were Disneyland news and update sites in ‘98, but they were just getting started with more organized fan-based message forums and the like when the second mural was already removed or covered over.
Before I knew who Mary Blair was, I used to think of these as the “It’s a Small World” murals. And the narrator on the PeopleMover would say “As we near the PeopleMover station, you can see colorful murals celebrating the joyous spirit of children everywhere — a reminder that Tomorrow will be built by our youth.”
Now our Tomorrow will be built by StarSpeeders,
…Buzz Lightyear action figure boxes,
…and flying Space Mountain buildings, apparently.
I made a style that replaces the tumblr logo at the top of your dashboard with a WDI logo, just for the heck of it.
It can be installed at http://userstyles.org/styles/87587/walt-disney-imagineering