FuturamaFuturama was an exhibit/ride at the 1939-40 New York World's Fair designed by Norman Bel Geddes that showed the world 30 years into the future, including automated highways and vast suburbs. The exhibit was sponsored by General Motors.
Futurama II was the updated version of the Bel Geddes show that appeared at the 1964/1965 New York World's Fair. The 1964 version depicted life in the "near future" with no specific date or decade defined. Scenes showed a lunar base of operation, an Antarctic "Weather Central" climate forecasting center, underseas exploration and "Hotel Atlantis" for underseas vacationing, desert irrigation and land reclamation, building roads in the Jungle and a City of the Future. Visitors rode through the dioramas in 3-abreast chairs on a ride train. The Futurama exhibit was sponsored by General Motors and proved to be the most popular exhibit at the World's Fair with more than 26 million persons attending the show in the two 6-month seasons the Fair was open. Waiting lines were often two hours long and longer.