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The Space People of Anaheim

September 19, 2011 by The Belated Nerd

When I originally posted the photo on the left in a post about Disneyland’s forgotten ride, Flying Saucers I assumed that the Spaceman and Spacegirl were there only for the grand opening of the ride in 1961. I have since learned that the space couple were regular features in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland from the mid-Fifties to the late Sixties The couple performed the same function as those in Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Snow White costumes; greeting guests and posing for pictures with them. They would sometimes be put to work selling balloons. One of those guests in 1959 was Vice President Richard Nixon. Various “cast members” filled the spacesuits over about a decade. The suits themselves evolved only a little over the years.

 


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