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Steampunk Disney

Updated on August 18, 2014

Steampunk through a Disney lens...

I'm not an expert on steampunk - it was probably only about a year ago that I even heard the term for the first time. But I understood the idea right away because of the feeling I get in the Disneyland Futureworld area. Something about the shapes and colors made me happily nostalgic about a future that never will be. Does that make any sense? It's the same feeling I had when watching the movie "The Rocketeers". I've read that some Steampunk aficionados fear that a marketing machine like Disney will be the death of steampunk but I would respectfully suggest that there is much about the spirit of Disney that lines up with the spirit of steampunk. Both embrace the innovation with hopefulness and a touch of whimsy. Is it possible that the Disney marketing machine is made with gears and is run by steam? Take a look and see....

Steampunk style in the Disney Theme Park Rides and Attractions

The Future that Never Was...

"For years, the Tomorrowlands of Disneyland, the Magic Kingdom, and Tokyo Disneyland, were constantly becoming "Todayland." The future was always catching up with the present, making once innovative architecture look out-of-date. To combat this, the Imagineers built "Discoveryland" not "Tomorrowland" when building Disneyland Paris. Instead of trying to predict an uncertain future, they created a land that reflected the visions of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. This architecture would never go out of date.

With this in mind, a redesign of the Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland began in 1993. The theme "The Future that Never Was" would reflect a Buck Rogers approach to Tomorrowland and it would be transformed into a galactic spaceport." --- Jack Spence

Source: The "World" According to Jack.. http://land.allears.net/blogs/jackspence/

The Golden Zephyr at Disney's California Adventure theme park has a steampunk aesthetic

The Golden Zephyr at Disney's California Adventure theme park has a steampunk aesthetic
The Golden Zephyr at Disney's California Adventure theme park has a steampunk aesthetic

The Timekeeper attraction is now gone but it once had a great steampunk feel.

The Timekeeper attraction is now gone but it once had a great steampunk feel.
The Timekeeper attraction is now gone but it once had a great steampunk feel.

The 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Submarine Voyage was a Disney World Magic Kingdom attraction from 1971 - 1994.

The 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Submarine Voyage was a Disney World Magic Kingdom attraction from 1971 - 1994.
The 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Submarine Voyage was a Disney World Magic Kingdom attraction from 1971 - 1994.

Les Mystères du Nautilus (French for "The Mysteries of the Nautilus") and Space Mountain at Disneyland Paris in France.

Les Mystères du Nautilus (French for "The Mysteries of the Nautilus") and Space Mountain at Disneyland Paris in France.
Les Mystères du Nautilus (French for "The Mysteries of the Nautilus") and Space Mountain at Disneyland Paris in France.

Cafè Hyperion & Vidopolis Theatre at Disneyland Paris. The entrance is beautifully themed with a big Jules Verne style zeppelin

Cafè Hyperion & Vidopolis Theatre at Disneyland Paris.  The entrance is beautifully themed with a big Jules Verne style zeppelin
Cafè Hyperion & Vidopolis Theatre at Disneyland Paris. The entrance is beautifully themed with a big Jules Verne style zeppelin

The entrance to Vulcania Restaurant at Tokyo DisneySea

The entrance to Vulcania Restaurant at Tokyo DisneySea
The entrance to Vulcania Restaurant at Tokyo DisneySea

Do you see a little steampunk in the Epcot's Tapestry of Dreams / Nations Parades

Epcot had an incredible, wonderful, and amazing parade that debuted in October 1999 as the Tapestry of Nations Parade. September 2001, it was then re-worked a little and the name was changed to "Tapestry of Dreams" until it was discontinued in March 2003. I had certainly never heard the term "steampunk" back then but this parade was so inspiring and the floats were so unique. When I look at they youtube videos today, I certainly see a strong steampunk connection both in the design and in the optimistic spirit of the parade.

Check out the center of the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride at Disneyland's Fantasyland.

Check out the center of the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride at Disneyland's Fantasyland.
Check out the center of the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride at Disneyland's Fantasyland.

The Adventurer's Club (1989 - 2008) at Disney World's Downtown Disney is now closed but it certainly captured the fun spirit of

The Adventurer's Club (1989 - 2008) at Disney World's Downtown Disney is now closed but it certainly captured the fun spirit of
The Adventurer's Club (1989 - 2008) at Disney World's Downtown Disney is now closed but it certainly captured the fun spirit of

Steampunk influences in Disney movies

Treasure Planet

The Rocketeer

The Great Mouse Detective (Mystery in the Mist Edition) (1986)

The Great Mouse Detective has this really cool scene from a clock tower. Does this work for steampunk fans?

The Great Mouse Detective has this really cool scene from a clock tower. Does this work for steampunk fans?
The Great Mouse Detective has this really cool scene from a clock tower. Does this work for steampunk fans?

Disney - Mechanical Kingdom - Collectors Pin Set. Limited edition set features the Disney characters in a "steampunk" style fro

Disney - Mechanical Kingdom - Collectors Pin Set.  Limited edition set features the Disney characters in a "steampunk" style fro
Disney - Mechanical Kingdom - Collectors Pin Set. Limited edition set features the Disney characters in a "steampunk" style fro

Disney Steampunk Vinylmation - created by Disney Design Group Artist Mike Sullivan. This set contained six figures and was released in early 2011.

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I'm not really into the Vinylmation trend but these are kind of cute.I really don't want these guys to land their time machines in my bedroom.Okay....I totally want this Vinylmation Steampunk pocket watch.
I'm not really into the Vinylmation trend but these are kind of cute.
I'm not really into the Vinylmation trend but these are kind of cute.
I really don't want these guys to land their time machines in my bedroom.
I really don't want these guys to land their time machines in my bedroom.
Okay....I totally want this Vinylmation Steampunk pocket watch.
Okay....I totally want this Vinylmation Steampunk pocket watch.

Steampunk vinylmation and Disney pins on Amazon

You can try checking eBay or some of the Disney pin trader websites to see if you can get a better deal.

Are you, first and foremost, a Disney fan or a steampunk fan? Do you think that the two are a match made in heaven or completely incompatible? Here's your chance to let your voice be heard....

Steampunk & Disney...what do you think?

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      Carol 4 years ago from Arkansas

      I love Disney can't wait to go to Disneyworld for my first time. Still not sure what steampunk even is!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I remember the Time Keeper - awesome!

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      I am just getting into steampunk and you are right. Tomorrowland is definitely steampunk. Around the World in 80 Days with Jackie Chan is a great movie. A true adventure with steampunk additions. Blessed.

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      BlueTrane 5 years ago

      super lens!

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      michael kapsner 5 years ago

      Great lens, even for this non-Disney fan club type ;-).

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      whaleriders6 6 years ago

      Very cool! We just got back from Disneyland, and we love steampunk stuff, and I saw a very steampunk Mickey pin while while we were there...cool to see other ones here!

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      Everyday-Miracles 6 years ago

      Really cool stuff! I've been to Disney World a few times but I didn't know about the Steampunk stuff!

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      snowcloud 6 years ago

      clean lens

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      I-sparkle 6 years ago

      Disney-match made in heaven. There will never be a medium that translates dream/fantasy better than Disney. Congratulations on a fantastic lens!

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      tiff0315 6 years ago

      oh man! it's hard to choose!

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      Jen 6 years ago from Canada

      I think they make a great match.

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      Sabre1000 6 years ago

      Steampunk, by definition, makes anything cooler!