Thursday, January 10, 2013

House of the Future in Disneyland, California


Disneyland
Magic Kingdom

House of the Future - Tomorrowland
The all plastic House of the Future, ultra-modern in exterior design as well as interior furnishings; in the background, Disneyland's Matterhorn.

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The Monsanto House of the Future (also known as the Home of the Future) was an attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, USA, from 1957 to 1967.

The attraction offered a tour of a home of the future, set in the year 1986, and featured household appliances such as microwave ovens, which eventually became commonplace. The house saw over 435,000 visitors within the first six weeks of opening, and ultimately saw over 20 million visitors before being closed.

The building was so sturdy that demolition crews failed to demolish the house using wrecking balls, torches, chainsaws and jackhammers, the building was ultimately demolished by using choker chains to crush it into smaller parts. The reinforced polyester structure was so strong that the half-inch steel bolts used to mount it to its foundation broke before the structure itself did.

3 comments:

ONeal said...

What a waste to have demolished it. If it was that nearly indestructible, seems they could have found another use for it elsewhere.

9teen87 said...

I don't think recycling and re-using was as big a deal back then as it is now.

ONeal said...

Yeah, you're right, hadn't thought about that.