Monday, February 02, 2009

WDW Construction, May 1971

Let us return to those bygone days of yesteryear, when Walt Disney World was still under construction. These slides are stamped May 1971, but could have been taken earlier. Who knows!

Lucky shareholders are getting a sneak preview of Fantasyland and the iconic Cinderella Castle. Not to mention port-o-potties aplenty! The castle itself looks very nearly finished, and is pretty spectacular at more than twice the height of Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle.

What a mess! Mud and muck everywhere. A crane is in the distance, perhaps in Adventureland, and you can see a tall, step-roofed building that is from that tropical land.


TokyoMagic! said...

I always enjoy seeing WDW pics too. Heck, I enjoy all your pics, Major! The step-roofed building off in the distance is part of the Tiki Room. That structure is still there today, but of course the interior has been destroyed. I hope they leave the original Tiki Room in Anaheim alone!

The Viewliner Limited said...

WOW! Thats not a castle, its a cathedral. Beauty!

outsidetheberm said...

Well, you can never go wrong with construction shots - and these are especially nice. Thanks, Major.

Learning Spanish at 41 said...

My husband's grandmother is 91 this year. She recently told us a story of when she and her (late) husband visited FL when WDW was still in the construction stages...I was hanging on her every word. They had some connections so I think they may have gotten a tour but she says she doesn't recall a thing about it. Darn! These pics are great--thanks!

Anonymous said...

Tokyo Magic, I'm going to have to disagree with you. Big time.

The inside of WDW's Tiki Room was not "destroyed" by the new show. Far too many of you traditionalists need to stop getting bent out of shape over such changes and open up your minds and develop a sense of humor as well.