The Road To Tomorrow

One of my favorite objects is a piece of tile from the Coca Cola Terrace at Disneyland. While we were working on the Encounter Restaurant project, I mentioned that I was heartbroken about the refurbishment of the Terrace. The team at Walt Disney Imagineering graciously retrieved a tile from the construction debris and gave it to me.

The 1967 Coca Cola Terrace was magnificent piece of architecture. It combined modernism with a touch of California levity and space age forms. When I was young, we went dancing at the Terrace on weekend nights. During the day, it was a great place for cheeseburgers and chicken fingers. Oh, yeah, I’m that fancy. The ceiling was fantastic. Like stars in the night sky, it had a random pattern of lights rather than symmetrical ordered rows. The crowing jewel of the Terrace was the stage. When not in use, it was a sculptural planting bed. As a band began playing, it rose up from the ground and became an elevated stage. It’s still there, and is used for the Jedi Training Academy. If only the New Establishment were still together.

Many of these images have been sent to me over the years. Consequently I don’t know the correct provenance. Gracious thank you to those who have shared these. These sites are great resources and most probably the original owner.

http://gorillasdontblog.blogspot.com/

http://www.davelandweb.com/disneyland/

http://www.yesterland.com/

Feelin' Groovy

There is nothing groovier to me than square, squeaky clean people who are trying to be “down and groovy.” The Kids of the Kingdom, and The New Establishment were musical groups at Disneyland’s Tomorrowland in 1968. And boy, are they square. They make me look like Neil Young. But, because they are trying to be “with it” and “cool” they become truly groovy.

As designers, we’re all taught to stay ahead of the popular culture curve. When I was in school, we spent quite a bit of time and energy being “cool” and cutting-edge. Years later, when Noreen and I started AdamsMorioka, I let go of trying to stay ahead of the hip curve. It was a great relief to not have to try to be cool anymore. I admire the performers in The New Establishment and The Kids of the Kingdom. They probably played some big hits like, Up, Up, and Away, Cherish, and Windy, and then went out with their friends convinced they were the hippest people at a night-club, or they really knew how to groove and everyone else was just plain un-cool.