Sunday, February 23, 2014
I'm still scrambling to get some posts ready as quickly as possible; today I thought I'd start a small lot of scans from Walt Disney World, from November 1980. The park was only nine years old, for those of you who needed to know. All of these views are taken while looking across the Seven Seas Lagoon, presumably by somebody who had just arrived for their dream vacation.
This might have been taken from the dock where guests would catch a ferry to the park. Putting on my "theme park analyst" hat, one can imagine that this is a great way to not only build anticipation ("There it is, way over there!"), but crossing the water is one of those transition that can be likened to a cross-dissolve in movies. You've left the modern world behind, and are heading into a place of adventure, beauty, and mystery. And churros. (Did they even have churros at the parks in 1980?).
Yabba dabba doo, it sure looks grand! It reminds me of the photos I've seen of Chicago's 1893 "White City". The castle looks enormous, as does the train station. one of the larger ferries is on its way, along with some smaller watercraft.
Space Mountain gleams in the Florida sunlight; by 1980, there was a second incarnation in Anaheim, though the Orlando version looks much bigger. I've never been on it, but I understand that it has two separate tracks within the cone, much like the Matterhorn does.
If I ever do make it to the Magic Kingdom, I will want to stay in the Contemporary Resort hotel - to me, it is as much a part of WDW as anything. I love its A-frame design, with the Monorail running right through it. It ain't cheap, though!
I'll continue this series in the near future….