"Disneyland Moonliner" Illuminated Replica
"Walt Disney's round trip to the moon - 500,000 miles - will take about 15 minutes, all without ever leaving the ground."
In the years that it stood on its launching pad in Tomorrowland, the iconic TWA Moonliner Rocket never left planet Earth. Never mind its aluminum nose aimed straight up at the cosmos, those three "retractable" feet were bolted to terra firma.
To fan the imaginations of Disneyland space travelers, illustrations and film of the rocket in actual flight helped to heighten the illusion of an "authentic trip to the moon in every detail."
Moonliner en route by aviation painter Frank Soltesz for TWA
The attraction's pre-show film simulated countdown and lift-off.
For Disneyland's 55th year, Jody and I set out to create the ultimate "Rocket to the Moon" replica, differing from previous models that depicted the ship in its earthbound stance.
Our 22-inch Moonliner is well underway to the stars, lit from below by soft blue lighting built into the base. A miniature duplicate of the attraction's original sign serves as a title plaque.
Life in 1987!