Did you know that Walt Disney not only created Ford's Magic Skyway attraction for the NY World's Fair but that he narrated a portion of the ride? I don't actually remember hearing his voice. I think I was probably in awe of the whole experience at the time. The Magic Skyway was amazing and very popular. There were always long lines as it was one of the most popular pavilions at the fair.
I'll try to describe the attraction but mind you it was a long time ago. Guests would be seated in Ford convertibles as they traveled into plastic tunnels and then around the outside of the rotunda for a panoramic view of the fair before entering the attraction and a trip back in time. The cars moved through scenes featuring life-sized audio-animatronic dinosaurs and cavemen. After the fair the dinosaurs from Ford's Magic Skyway became the Disneyland Railroad Primeval World diorama, and the motorized tires embedded in the track inspired Disneyland's PeopleMover, and later the Tomorrowland Transit Authority at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. As you moved through the life like scenes you would hear the narrator speak through the car's radio. The narration, voiced by Royal Dano was available in several languages that you could select by pushing buttons on the car radio.
Our Space City is a distant dream. But all such dreams must begin in the minds of men. Men like the scientists, engineers and automotive designers of Ford Motor Company.I hope you enjoyed our show and your ride on The Magic Skyway in a new Ford product as much as I've enjoyed the Fords I have driven through the years.Now step out and see a world where tomorrow is being created today.
Stop by this site:http://www.nywf64.com/index.html a great source of information and pictures from the New York 64/65 World's Fair.