Disneyland trying House of Future concept again
It looks like Disneyland
is going to revive its "House of the Future."
The House was a Tomorrowland fixture back in the 1950s, and was later stripped, boxed up and moved to Florida, where it is now rotting, I believe, on U.S. 192 in Kissimmee. Disney's revisited the concept of futurist living over the years more times than I can count: Carousel of Progress, Horizons, the old Space Mountain exit, to name three examples that pop into my head immediately.
Now reports say that Disney's trying again, with a 5,000-sq.-ft. home that will open in Tomorrowland in May.
The $15 million home is a collaboration of The Walt Disney Co., Microsoft Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., software maker LifeWare and homebuilder Taylor Morrison.
Visitors will experience the look of tomorrow by watching Disney actors playing a family of four preparing for a trip to China.
"It's much different than a spiel that you would get at a trade show," said Dave Miller, director of alliance development for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. "We won't get into the bits and the bytes. It will be about the digital lifestyle and how that lifestyle can help you."
I remember the original house and being amazed at the electric can opener! What can I say, I was young. I hope this one can stir up the imagination of this generation and not be another "Innovation".
I like the idea but it will have to be done well or it could fail big time.
Wait... that stupid Xanadu house in Orlando used to be at Disneyland!??!?
Yep, I rmember it! A four winged house...kinda nifty for its time...Center doom skylight and all...It now would be very retro and fun to see...with tommarowland being total flash gordan,,,julis vern....So bring it back we all need a laugh
Xanadu was one of those 'naff-but-let's-see' attractions from my first trip to Kissimmee twenty years ago ...and it was naff too.
I'm curious where this will be built. On the still-exiting foundation where the original was? Inside the Innoventions as an inside-only exhibit?
I pray they don't take something out for it! Disney takes too many things out and either doesn't replace it for years or puts something stupid in place of it.
The picture I saw of the Xanadu house was NEVER in DL. I guess it's possible that some of the fixtures were, but I doubt that. I think the reference was a joke, or hope it was. The house of the future in DL had to be cut apart with saws since wrecking balls were just bouncing off.
I remember as a kid going to Disneyland and being completely amazed by the House of Future. I was truly sorry to see it disappear. This is great news and I hope to God that that “mess” in Kissimmee wasn’t the old house. What a humiliating decline.
I wonder if they'll just turn it into another sales pitch for the next i phone or something. Knowing the suits these days, I'll bet money on it.
And we thought sub-prime mortgages were a problem nowdays...
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