September 27, 2010

Rediscovering (Walt) Disney: "The Rocketeer"

When I was down at Walt Disney World in 1991 there was still a lot of evidence of "The Rocketeer" at the Disney/MGM Studios, after all it had just been released that summer. I remember seeing the Spruce Goose model hanging from the ceiling of one of the restaurants, lots of posters and other collectibles of course and seeing many props and vehicles on the backlot tour. A large part of the original Backlot Tour and Residential Street were razed to make room for the new attraction: "Lights, Motors, Action!™ Extreme Stunt Show".

Anyway... I was cleaning up my home office and uncovered a box of Topps "The Rocketeer" Trading Cards - Its an almost complete set (I don't have the 11 stickers)! I flipped through them and quickly realized why they won't fetch much on the memorabilia market... they kinda stink! Many of the scenes are unremarkable and many of the iconic scenes are missing. Oh well, I still heart "The Rocketeer" and they did bring back really good memories.

I have scanned a few of them to share with you. Including three that show props or vehicles seen on the old Backlot Tour at Disney/MGM. Just click on the image to see a larger version.

These next three cards feature the Bulldog Cafe, Hughes Aircraft Gyrocopter and Cliff's new Gee Bee airplane (a gift from Howard Hughes, played by Terry O'Quinn), all former residents of the Backlot Tour.

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