Thursday, September 08, 2016
Today I have a post from our pal Ken Martinez, but this one is different! Instead of looking at his collection of vintage amusement park postcards, we're going to see some vintage Walt Disney World ephemera. Here's Ken:
Walt Disney World - Resort Guide 1977 (Part 1)
Walt Disney World will have its 45th anniversary on October 1st of this year so I wanted to do a little project on the early years of Disney's Florida property to coincide with the celebration. In future posts I'll be sharing guide booklets and other ephemera/memorabilia featuring the Vacation Kingdom, the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT Center. The little guide booklets were handed out to visitors of the Vacation Kingdom from the period of 1977 to 1983. It is the Walt Disney World of a much simpler and quieter time when visitors to the Vacation Kingdom could experience their vacation in a more leisurely pace than what visitors experience today. The first booklet I'm featuring is about the resorts of Walt Disney World in 1977. I hope you enjoy this series.
Here we have the front and back cover of the "Walt Disney World - Resort Guide" booklet. This booklet and the others I'll be sharing are the ephemera I picked up during my trips to Walt Disney World in the late 70's and early 80's.
Here you can view a stylized map showing the locations of the wonders of the early "Vacation Kingdom of the World" including the Magic Kingdom, River Country, Treasure Island and Lake Buena Vista.
Here we have a little transportation map showing how to get around the "World". I love the original 1970's icons of Walt Disney World. The resort icons especially are a wonderful example of the style of graphics disney used in the 1970's.
Here are some facts and information to help make your stay in the "Vacation Kingdom" a more enjoyable one.
Coming up next: the two original hotels of Walt Disney World - the Contemporary and Polynesian Village Resorts.
THANK YOU, Ken!