A true fan of all things mid-century modern, I am known for my contributions to Disney's Virtual Magic Kingdom online game (2005-2007) and my artwork releases via the official Disney Parks Blog.  Now, i've turned my attention to helping bring the 1964-65 New York World's Fair to life for the enjoyment of future generations.

In 2015, inspired by the upcoming release of Disney's Tomorrowland film, I boarded the 7 train from Manhattan to Flushing Meadows Corona Park to see what was left of The Fair.  

Armed with a vintage map of the grounds, my mobile phone and some audio files of the Disney attractions from The Fair, I spent an afternoon exploring the grounds and "enjoying" some of the attractions while standing where they once stood.

During that visit, I realized that there were still active attractions on-site as well as easy finds for the amateur "urban archaeologist".  I would return twice during the following year with a hand-written list of YouTube videos of attractions from The Fair so I could stand on the spots of some of the other former pavilions and "experience" the attractions they once held.

It was during the third visit that I realized that there should be some place online where fans of the World's Fair, whether local residents or tourists, could find all the resources they needed... Photos, video, audio, access to vintage fashion or accessories, and access to authentic New York World's Fair trinkets... so they could do exactly what I was doing.  

It was at that moment that The New York World's Fair Experience was born.

In 2015, I bought the domain name and hosting contract.  As with all projects, life got in the way and work halted for months.  Then, in September 2016, I returned to New York to attend a gallery exhibit which included an artistic proposal I created to re-use the abandoned New York State pavilion.  During that visit, I found the inspiration I needed to start working on the project in earnest.

A temporary homepage was created to allow visitors immediate access to features of the site as they were completed and the first fully-functional feature, the Transit Authority Subway Train inspired links page, went live later that month.

A few weeks later, the Theater came online, showing vintage films of The Fair as a way to give people a visual lesson about the amazing architecture and experiences which could be found in the 640-acre park during its two-year run.  Shortly after, the Information Desk went online.
 
The artwork I am creating for this website is designed to make the visitor feel like they have travelled to a physical environment...such as a Welcome Center or Museum.  Since the page is being designed to be used at home on a computer or at the site of The Fair using a mobile device like an iPad or phone, it may seem like the overall design (including oversized buttons, large text, etc.) is akin to websites of the early days of the internet, but I assure you this is all intentional.  This page is designed to be simple and easy to use for all generations...from those who actually went to the 1964-65 New York World's Fair (and may not be tech savvy) to the youth of Queens who might be experiencing the wonder for the first time as part of an elementary school field trip to Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Regardless of your age or level of technological prowess, it is my hope that you will find the artwork beautiful and inspiring, the write-ups informative, and hope you will let your imagination run free throughout your experience here.  Let's go back to The Fair together!