3NOTE / HISTORICAL REFERENCE:
For those who might be interested in a bit of history, the Bubbleator was from the 1962 Seattle World's Fair that kept with the Fair's futuristic theme. It was a see-through bubble-shaped elevator that held up to 100 fair-goers at a time. And without any visible cables or wires, it magically (by hydraulic power) “floated” the visitors up into the air and transported them to the 2nd floor of the Coliseum (now the Key Arena) to see the World of Tomorrow exhibits. In keeping with the Fair's space-age theme, buttons inside the Bubbleator lit up while it was in motion. The Bubbleator operators wore silver lame outfits that were created by top Hollywood costume designers and were made to look like futuristic space suits. After the Fair closed in October of 1962, the Bubbleator was moved to the neighboring building, the Center House, where it remained until it was permanently replaced with a real elevator in 1984, in order to make room for the Children's Museum. The Bubbleator was later purchased by a private individual who didn't want to see it sold off as scrap, and he uses it as a greenhouse in his backyard in the nearby community of Des Moines, Washington.