Saturday, July 05, 2014
Once again I find myself unprepared for my "Anything Goes" saturday post, so I am just going to share a bunch of 1980 WDW images. As we've seen in the past, the relative lack of crowds is kind of amazing!
I love that they continued to use the horse-drawn vehicles at the Magic Kingdom… as far as I can tell they are basically identical to the Disneyland versions. Hey kid, get your butt back on the seat! I have to admit that this part of the hub is not quite so charming though, looking barren and rather featureless, which is weird. Still, imagine this area today when there is a parade or a fireworks display.
Part of the WDW water system included the moat, which looks dark and deep here. It was probably no more than 4 feet deep, I'll bet. At one time there were fanciful swan boats, like the kind "Mad" King Ludwig might have wanted in his fairytale Bavaria.
I love Anaheim's castle, but man… you have to admit that the Florida example is spectacular. I want to live in the upper levels. I know that there is a "Dream Suite" somewhere in there, but is there anything else inside the castle? Possibly a few stores, maybe a restaurant? Inquiring minds want to know.
This one's kind of neat, looking toward the entrance to Tomorrowland. Those spires with the waterfalls are super neat (and very "World's Fair"-ish). All that gleaming white seems futuristic, for some reason.
My extensive research (two minutes on Google) told me that this building is (was?) known as "Exposition Hall". I was going to make a joke about people exposing themselves, until I discovered that I already did that two years ago.
One of the unique Jitneys passes by City Hall in Town Square. And what an imposing (yet fanciful) structure City Hall is! I would go there to complain about my sub-par corn dog, but now that just feels silly.
I hope you have enjoyed these old WDW pics! There are more to come.