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March 18, 2022

Tomorrowland’s Spacewoman and Spaceman at Disneyland, 1960

Construction for Disneyland’s original Tomorrowland didn’t even start until December 1955, that left them just 6 months to pull it all together. If you visited the early incarnation of Disneyland’s Tomorrowland you would have encountered a number of exhibits that were essentially corporate brochures realized in 3-D. Walt really didn’t get a chance to articulate the aesthetic he wanted until he set plans for the 1967 Tomorrowland version in motion. Alas, he didn’t live to see how it all came together.

One of the iconic elements of the 1950s and ’60s Tomorrowland was the “Spaceman” character. Here from the Disneyland archives is a rare photo from 1960 where “Spacewoman” joins in the fun.


These days, Tomorrowland is a sore-spot for the magic kingdom parks. America no longer shares the unbridled enthusiasm for the future that made the Spaceman character so cool.





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