The 1964-1965 New York World's Fair

Dancing Waters

Formations of water tinted by a kaleidoscope of colored lights sway to dance rhythms in an unusual spectacle that has been successfully presented in a number of cities all over the world. Sitting at an organ-like console that controls both the lights and the height and direction of more than 4,000 jets of water, an operator creates a variety of visual effects synchronized with the music while a “butterfly” dancing girl waves a pair of 20-foot wings. For this production, an inflated theater has been erected – a plastic bubble that seats 400 and is supported by air pressure maintained by blowers.

Exterior

While inflatable buildings are more common today, this was a new construction method back in 1964. The bubble-like building is seen here behind the Log Flume ride. (CD #15 Set 75 #16)



Butterfly Girl

Here we see the Butterfly Girl performing behind a set of colorful fountains. Shows like this are still being performed around the world today, often billed as "Waltzing Waters". (CD #29 Set 157 #4)



Night view

At night the Fair took on a whole new look, bringing beauty to even something as simple as the inflated building used for "Dancing Waters". (CD #31 Set 159 #6)



Lake Amusement Area pavilions