On July 18, 1967 the $23 million update to Tomorrowland was completed. As the last land to be built in 1955, Tomorrowland’s budget was cut and its construction rushed. Walt Disney was forced to re-use movie sets from his “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” in one attraction, and employ so many sponsors that it felt, at times, like a corporate showcase. Renovations in 1956, 1957 and 1959 didn’t help much. So the company launched a massive, $23 million update with new attractions, scenery and rides. The old layout was torn down and new buildings constructed. In July 1967, seven months after Walt’s death, the new Tomorrowland opened. Here, Roy Disney and Disneyland ambassador Marcia Miner unveil the new “PeopleMover,” which toured Tomorrowland on an elevated track.
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