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Disney’s House of the Future

Written by Christopher Alm • June 30th, 2009
Disney’s House of the Future

The House of the Future (also known as the plastic house of the future) at Disneyland, California circa 1957. This is where curious visitors could get a glimpse of how Disney imagined what the future would hold in technology and comfort for the year 1986!

Many (or most) things would probably be regarded as very retro-future-kitschy today, but one gadget that was eventually shown and came true, was the microwave oven.

The house was open until 1967 when the it was demolished to make room for other projects. Parts of the construction was so sturdy seeing it was rated for earthquakes it was impossible to remove it and couple of the remaining pillars for the house can still be seen in Neptune’s Grotto in the park.

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Christopher Alm

Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.

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  • I love the “forward thinking” that was present in this and other “future” homes were tomorrow was more exciting than today. How unfortunate that we live in a time where the mantra is reduce, give up, downsize, embrace pain and scarcity, and in general anticipate a dim future. Maybe we need to start dreaming again.

  • I totally agree with you Charles! We need more forward thinking and start dreaming about tomorrow again. I guess that’s what this blog is all about.

  • I love this. I’d really dig having a pad like that.

  • Can I use this little disney video clip for an art installation I am doing is SF, CA?

  • Cynthia, I do not own the copyright to these videos so you will have to check with the owners.

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