D23 Expo: ‘Tomorrowland’ Unlocks ‘1952’ Secrets, Disneyland’s Lost ‘Jet-Man’ Attraction

Tomorrowland  AppAs we reported yesterday, there is a prominent booth at the D23 Expo this weekend which will remain under cover until after today’s arena presentation covering upcoming live action films including Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland.

Thanks to a free app released today, appropriately titled ‘Tomorrowland D23,’ we now have some additional insight into what the pavilion will share with attendees — the mysterious contents of the case titled ‘1952’ reportedly discovered in the Animation building’s ‘morgue’ which served to inspire the film.

Presented as a museum audio guide (with an abridged text edition for those who don’t have headphones readily available), the app takes visitors step by step through each of the items, revealing additional information about the item as well as an interpretation of their meaning by Damon Lindelof.

Among some of the treasures found in the 1952 collection were plans for an attraction for Disneyland titled ‘Jet-Man,’ designed by Imagineer Bob Gurr in 1966 at the request by Walt Disney to simulate man traveling in space. Using jet pack-inspired omnimover vehicles, the project was scrapped shortly after Disney’s death. Also included is a topographic map developed by WED for a ‘city of tomorrow,’ but for an unknown location; documentation for unknown audio animatronics being developed under the title of ‘Project Little Man Phase Two;’ a known forged photograph depicting Walt Disney alongside aviator Amelia Earhart; and much, much more.

But perhaps the crown jewel in the collection that inspired the Tomorrowland film is the final object in the exhibition: a ‘letter to the future’ penned by Walt Disney in response to a request to speculate how the world of entertainment might differ fifty years later (the text of Walt’s letter appears in its entirety in the app).

In the film, a high school girl with an unconventional understanding of technology is launched on a journey to reclaim her future. In theaters December 12, 2014, Tomorrowland is being directed by Brad Bird, produced by Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, and written by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeff Jenson. George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy, Britt Robertson and Thomas Robinson are among the known cast.

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