August 26, 2012

Lightyears beyond Buzz

Neil Armstrong, along with Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins of Apollo 11, was an attraction as at home in 1969's Tomorrowland as at Tranquility Base on the moon's surface.

The Tomorrowland Stage stood about where Space Mountain does today. Disneyland guests stood there on that famous day when Armstrong stepped off the ladder of the Lunar Module and spoke his famous words. What it must have been like to see it broadcast live while surrounded by the Magic Kingdom's "world on the move"!
A vista into a world of wondrous ideas, signifying man's achievements . . . a step into the future, with predictions of constructive things to come. Tomorrow offers new frontiers in science, adventure, and ideals: the atomic age . . . the challenge of space . . . and the hope for a peaceful and unified world.
Neil spoke and was honored at Space Mountain's 2005 "relaunch," receiving a plaque thanking him for the inspiration that his "giant leap" brought to the world. Can you imagine him stowing it a locker after that ceremony and then wanting to ride "Rockin' Space Mountain"? Or go off to "save the galaxy from the Evil Emperor Zurg on Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters"? Or get "accidentally jettisoned into a battle with the Empire" on Star Tours?

Disneyland had the right idea when it honored the first man to set foot on the moon. Honoring his memory should spark a renewed effort to rebuild Tomorrowland in the same spirit that it once radiated and that Neil Armstrong represented.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I remember that day and that huge TV image. It felt like Tomorrowland was now reality and anything was possible. What a memory jogger and quite a change from today's attitudes.