Friday, April 25, 2008

My Atomobile

Continuing on with the ATIS theme, I have two artifacts from the ride itself, one internal and one external. Here is the internal piece, a miniaturized Atomobile rescued from the destruction of the Mighty Microscope. There are a few of these floating around, but I've never seen a duplicate configuration of riders. This one is a father and son, but I've seen a mother and daughter, a father and daughter, and at least one mid-aged man riding alone. This came out of an auction a few years back. It's in pretty nice shape, and I had a stand and case custom-built for it.

My external piece is a big silver "U" from the ride sign. There were 4 U's on the sign (one in "Adventures" and one in "Thru" on each side of the ride's two surrounding walls). That came from Disneyland collecting Hall-of-Famer Dug Miller a few years back. I once saw it in his apartment and swore to myself that it would be mine someday. When he put it up for sale, I snagged it. Sometimes dreams do come true. I will try to snap a photo of it if you're interested.

8 comments:

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Ok Jed, that is the coolest thing I have seen in your collection, and that says a lot! WOW!!! and YES I wanna see the "U", heck, I want that "U"!!! Cool Post, thanks! drool.....

Progressland said...

Of course we're interested!

walterworld said...

Color me interested...

Viewliner Ltd. said...

I echo Vintage Disneyland Tickets comment Jed. This is probably one of the coolest "REAL" things from Disneyland I have ever seen. ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!!!!

Debbie V. said...

My first thought: WOW
I think what made this ride my all-time favorite (followed closely by the People Mover) was the feeling I had while riding it. Despite the fact that I loved science, it was the feeling of HOPE and excitement about the future.
If only kids today could experience that feeling.

Major Pepperidge said...

One of these went for something like $7000 in a fairly recent auction. I think I might be able to find the link to the auction and the "prices realized" if you care!

jedblau said...

Major --

That would be great. It's not for sale, but $7k is a lot more than I paid. Would love the info, thanks!

Disneyana World said...

You are awesome.

Attraction props have ALWAYS eluded me.