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BACKSTORY (1955—Present): Budget cuts/construction deadlines caused it to be finished last with Disney reluctantly changing it into a corporate showcase featuring Crane (“Bathroom of Tomorrow,” 1956–1960), Kaiser Aluminum (“Hall of Fame,” July 17, 1955–1960), Monsanto Chemicals (“Hall of Chemistry,” July 17, 1955–September 1966), American Motors, Richfield Oil (“The World Beneath Us,” July 17, 1955–1960), American Dairy Association Dairy Bar (January 21, 1956 to September 1, 1958) and Dutch Boy Paint (July 17, 1955–1963). One cost cutting idea used sets from 1954’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” as a walk-through attraction. Tomorrowland’s showpiece was the TWA Moonliner, derived from the “Man in Space” TV shows. Autopia gave visitors a future glimpse of the National Interstate System, and the Tomorrowland Boats gave guests...well, not much, as they were quickly rethemed within a year. Circarama was a 360° film previewed before the park opened on June 27, 1955. 1957 brought Monsanto’s “House of the Future,”. In 1959, the unveiling of three major E-ticket attractions (the first ones) ALWEG Monorail, Submarine Voyage, and Matterhorn (later changed to Fantasyland) were televised as the 2nd Disneyland opening.

By 1960 more than 20 million people had visited Disneyland. Walt was ready to expand, and he felt that the NewYork Worlds' Fair would be a good opportunity to test the east coast. The Ford Motor Company agreed to a Magic Skyway exhibit that would carry people through a dinosaur and Stone Age diorama (which morphed into the PeopleMover and the Primeval World Diorama at Disneyland). General Electric wanted to do a little PR cleanup from a price fixing scandal and contacted Disney to create The Carousel of Progress, which would show the benefits of electricity through the decades. Pepsi Cola and Unicef sponsored the creation of it's a small world (which came back to Fantasyland at the end of the Fair) and the State of Illinois supported Walt's efforts to bring the 16th American President to life with "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln." Walt's experiment was a success, as all four exhibits not only proved to be very popular, but boosted the sales of their sponsors (especially G.E.'s!), thus paving the way for Walt Disney World in Florida.

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