1964 & 1965 Official Guidebook Entries




The description of this exhibit from the 1964 Official Guide Book

Cover- 1964 Guidebook

The description of this exhibit from the 1965 Official Guide Book

Cover - 1965 Guidebook

The location of this exhibit on the 1964 Official Souvenir Map

Cover - 1964 Official Souvenir Map

FORD

The Ford Rotunda, several city blocks long, contains a variety of exhibits, a number of which were designed by Walt Disney: fragile scale models of historic settings; huge figures of animated dinosaurs; displays of the latest wonders of science; and a paradise for automobile enthusiasts, featuring Ford-built cars of all kinds - antique, new, experimental, foreign-made. The building itself is one of the chief sights: a glass rotunda with 64 towering pylons at one end and a large exhibition hall at the other. Enough steel went into its construction to erect a skyscraper 125 feet square and 22 stores high. The emphasis everywhere is on cars. Part of the tour of the rotunda is made in automatically operated Ford-built convertibles riding on a special roadway.

* Admission: free.
 
Highlights
 
INTERNATIONAL GARDENS. Tiny, hand-built scale models reproduce Colonial America, Merrie England, Aztec Mexico and medieval Europe - in all, 11 different lands of past and present. Settings include flowing streams, chiming clocks, spinning windmills and original music in the tradition of each land.
THE MAGIC SKYWAY. Seated in convertibles, fairgoers are first taken for a ride through plastic tunnels around the outside of the rotunda for a sweeping view of the grounds, then on to the exhibit building and the fantasyland within.
The dawn of life on earth is seen first with huge dinosaurs engaging in combat while primitive creatures soar overhead. Life-sized cavemen appear, in a triumph of electronic animation.
In the Space Age, the fairgoer finds himself gliding on a superskyway over a City of Tomorrow with towering metal spires and the glittering glass of "bubble-dome" buildings.
FIELDS OF SCIENCE. A separate "Hall of Science" highlights some of the prime research projects engaging scientists at Ford and Philco (a Ford subsidiary). Included here are demonstrations of laser light; the sound of stars as picked up by radio telescope; and displays of the new vinyls, crystals and metals to be used in Fords.

FORD

Animated displays and scale models depict man's progress from prehistoric times to the Space Age. Viewers ride past some of the exhibits in new Ford cars.

Walt Disney designed many of the displays, which include delicate models of historic settings; huge animated dinosaurs and cavemen; and a gallery of Ford cars, past, present and future. The pavilion contains a glass "Wonder Rotunda," surrounded by 64 towering pylons, with an exhibit hall several blocks long.

INTERNATIONAL GARDENS. Scenes from 11 nations -- past and present -- are reproduced in tiny scale models. Among them: Colonial America, Merrie England, Aztec Mexico and medieval Europe.

MAGIC SKYWAY. Seated in late-model Fords, visitors are carried along a track on the rotunda's exterior for a sweeping view of the Fair, then on to the spectacular scenes in the main exhibit hall.

  • The dawn of life on earth shows huge dinosaurs battling while primeval birds soar above. Life-sized cavemen appear in a spectacular display of electronic animation.
  • In the Space Age the viewer glides on a superskyway over a City of Tomorrow complete with suggestions of soaring spires and bubble-dome buildings.

FIELDS OF SCIENCE. A separate exhibit illustrates some of the advanced research projects now engaging scientists at Ford and its subsidiary, Philco. Included are demonstrations of laser light, the sound of stars as picked up by radio telescope, and displays of new auto materials.

Admission: free.

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Come to the Wonder Rotunda and take a ride on Walt Disney's Magic Skyway at the Ford Motor Company Pavilion. A journey of imagination across time and space, housed in the Fair's largest pavilion that's the size of nearly three football fields!

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