A Weenie in Kansas City, MO

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TWA Moonliner at Rocket to the Moon | WaltsApartment.comAlthough this is not in Disneyland, it’s a wonderful tribute to old Disneyland.

When Disneyland first opened, Walt had ‘weenies’ added to the Park to help attract guests into those areas. One of those ‘weenies’ was the TWA Moonliner at the back of Tomorrowland, to help promote the “Rocket to the Moon” attraction. It stood 80 tall, making it the tallest point in the park (prior to 1959, when the Matterhorn opened.)

TWA sponsored the attraction until 1961, and so the giant rocket was emblazoned with the TWA logo. Sadly, when “Rocket to the Moon” closed on September 5, 1966, the rocket and building were demolished.

However… its memory lives on in Kansas City, MO, on the roof of the original TWA Corporate headquarters’ building! Back in the 1950s, TWA had a 32 foot tall version of the Moonliner built and installed on the roof, which made it easy to find and see the TWA offices. The model was eventually removed when the building was sold. But, after the old TWA building was restored in 2006, a new Moonliner was ‘readied for launch’ on the roof, at the corner of Baltimore Ave. & W. 18th St. in Kansas City, MO.

TWA Moonliner II on display at the Airline History Museum | WaltsApartment.com

Happily, the original model from the TWA building was restored, and is now on display at the National Airline History Museum in Kansas City, MO.

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New Orleans Square Dedication

New Orleans Square Dedication 1966 | WaltsApartment.com

On July 24, 1966, New Orleans Square was dedicated in Disneyland.

This was Walt Disney’s last major appearance at the Park. He dedicated NOS with the real Mayor of New Orleans, Victor Schiro.

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Disneyland – 1987 to 2017

Disneyland 1987 | Walt's Apartment

A comparison of Disneyland 1987 to Disneyland 2017

Take note of a few changes:

  • In the top-left corner, there was a small hotel with a swimming pool – which is now the front entrance of the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure, as well as the expansion of the maintenance buildings, and the long stable building for the Circle D Ranch.
  • In the bottom-left corner, the re-routing of the Monorail track, primarily due to the addition of the Indiana Jones Adventure show building.
  • At center-left, notice the clearing of land an preparation for the construction of Splash Mountain.
  • At top-center, the addition of Mickey’s Toontown.

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Disneyland 2017 | Walt's Apartment
Disneyland 1987 | Walt's Apartment
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Ruth Shellhorn – Landscape Architect of Fantasy

Ruth Shellhorn - Landscape Architect of Fantasy

 

Ruth Shellhorn - Masters of Modern Landscape Design Series

 

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