Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Here are the first few scans from a small lot of slides showing Walt Disney World when it was only about a year old. None of the photos show anything that amazing, but they are clear and colorful.
As always, my knowledge of the Magic Kingdom is practically nonexistent, so any information that GDB readers can volunteer would be appreciated!
I love this first one with the motorized fire truck full of passengers. There's the firehouse behind it, just to our left. It's hard for me to get my bearings, but it sort of looks like Florida's firehouse is on the west side of left (or east) side of Main Street. Is that the case? Notice the streetcar tracks leading to those big double doors that admit vehicles backstage.
Tinkerbell Toy Shop! I would love to know what sweet merch was available inside. Oh man, years ago (in my pre-blogging days) I was harshly corrected by Disney pedants who made sure that I knew that the name of our favorite fairy is "Tinker Bell" - only cretins and Neanderthals like me called her "Tinkerbell". I don't feel so ashamed anymore! Now I'm back to eating solid food and my night terrors have mostly subsided.
Notice how clean and shiny the park looks, and how great the Florida sky is.
Mr. Pink tries to be incognito as he walks past Dumbo's Flying Elephants, but WE see him. And love him. Timothy Mouse (one of my favorite Disney characters) stands on a glittering disco ball because why the hell not. In the background to our right the palm trees and rock work are signs that the old "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" attraction is right there.
Stay tuned for more Walt Disney World circa 1972!