Sunday, October 23, 2011

Walt Disney World Postcards From 1975 Part 3

Part 3 of my vintage Walt Disney World postcards from 1975!
(Click here for part 1)
(Click here for part 2)
Again I have to apologize for the image quality, these postcards have sitting in a box for 36 years!
 The Swiss Family Treehouse is looking great in this picture. This is before the surrounding vegetation had a chance to grow around it for 40 years! Amazingly the Treehouse still stands in Walt Disney World. In 1999 Disneyland's version was converted to Tarzan's Treehouse. Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris also have similar versions of Walt Disney World's. 

 The Jungle Cruise was another opening day attraction at Magic Kingdom. Here you can see the original color scheme for the fleet of boats. The boats were given a more gritty paint job in the early around 2000.
It's amazing to think that this was all there was to Walt Disney World back in the early seventies. You can Magic Kingdom at the top, Contemporary Resort to the left, Transportation and Ticket Center under it, and the Polynesian Village Resort at the bottom. On the far right you can see the tip of Fort Wilderness. This have certainly changed!

 Here we can see a small sail boat with a Jiminy Cricket head on the sail. Very cool. The Polynesian Resort is still one of Walt Disney World's most popular and beloved resorts in it's roster. And with good reason. There is nothing like sitting on the Polynesian beach and watching wishes from accros the Seven Seas Lagoon.
This is a picture of the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks which I have to assume was taken from a pool at the Contemporary Resort, unless this one is totally fabricated by Disney. I don't know of any hotel pools on property that give you a view like this. Did you know that Fantasy in the Sky ran from 1971 all the way to 2003?! Amazing. A similar show at Disneyland (also called Fantasy in the Sky) ran from 1958 to 2000.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Disneyland Today from December 1986

I previously shared a similar Disneyland Today guide but this one if different/interesting enough to post.

Before I go any further I wanted to show you what is the coolest part about this DL Today. It's an advertisement for the opening of the original Star Tours. It may seem strange that Star Tours opened on January 9th 1987, and not the busy 1986 holiday season. But, the ride had been in the soft opening phase for most of December of 1986, so plenty of guests got to experience it.

It's amazing that Disneyland tickets were this cheap at one point. A single day ticket was $19, adjusted for inflation that's a painfully cheap $37! Also notice annual passes were an affordable $135. It's funny because in 1986 the annual passholder population was still very small (especially compared to today's amount). I was three years old in '86 and I would never in a million years think that I would be going to Disneyland every week. 

This page shows the epic amount of live entertainment offered at Disneyland. The bland named "THE CHRISTMAS PARADE" was still running at this point. It was finally replaced in 1994 by the still-running Christmas Fantasy Parade. I also noticed something which I never knew, the Golden Horseshoe used to take reservations. It just shows how popular and loved that show was.

Win a trip to Vail Colorado! I'll just stick with Disneyland, thanks.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Tokyo Disneyland Guide Map from 2008

I've never done a post about Disney's non-United States theme parks. Probably because I've never been to one and have very few items from them. My friend Rachel took a trip to Japan back in 2008 and brought me back this map and this hat:

Thanks Rachel :) On to the map.

The map is from April to September 2008. This was the year Tokyo Disneyland was celebrating it's 25th anniversary. TDL has a pretty unbelievable first 25 years. For the most part it got updated versions of Walt Disney World and Disneyland's most well known attractions. Also, for it's second gate it got arguably the finest non-Magic Kingdom style Disney park ever made, Tokyo Disney Sea.

Here is the gigantic guide map. Click to enlarge to see all the details. The layout of Tokyo Disneyland has always fascinated me. I figured I'll walk you through some of the obvious differences.

Overall: Tokyo Disneyland has some parts Disneyland and some parts directly copied from Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Some are unique, such as...

World Bazaar: This is TDL's version of Main Street USA. The buildings have the familiar facades found in it's state side counterparts with the noticeable exception that the entire area is covered by a roof. Tons of pics can be found on Google to see what I mean.

Tomorrowland: The entrance to Tomrrowland is a copy of Magic Kindom's original (which was remodeled in 1996. Space Mountain is a clone of Disneyland's version of the ride. Also, Tomorrowland is home to a TDL exclusive attraction called Monster's Inc: Ride and go Seek (which looks amazing in the videos that I've seen). The Monsters Inc ride was not yet open when this map was made but the illustration for the building exterior is still visible to the right of the main entrance of the park.

Mickey's Toon Town: This is an exact copy of Disneyland's Toon Town but it is completely flipped. It's literally like looking at DL's Toon Town in a mirror.

Fantasyland: Besides the different layout, TDL's Fantasyland is missing the Disneyland exclusive Alice in Wonderland dark ride but they do have the extremely popular Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall. It's a Small World has a facade that similar to Disneyland's original, minus the outdoor portion of the ride. Amazingly, the Haunted Mansion is found in Fantasyland! The exterior of TDL's Mansion is the same as Florida's Magic Kingdom (with a slightly different color-scheme). Fantasyland is also home to one of the parks signature (and not to mention busiest) attractions, Pooh's Hunny Hunt. This isnt you typical Pooh dark ride. Read all about it here.

Westernland: Known as Frontierland in the other Disney theme parks. One strange difference (due to local laws in Tokyo) is a train does not circle the entire park, only the Westernland area.

Adventureland: This area is home to an exclusive version of the Enchanted Tiki Room known as "The Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch Presents Aloha E Komo Mai!" which replaced another TDL exclusive "The Enchanted Tiki Room: Now Playing Get The Fever!"

There are obviously many other differences and similarities that I wont go over here, but you get the idea.

I didn't include all of the pages of this guide map because most of them are just walls of Japanese text. I thought this was interesting, it's a mini-map and grid showing every single dining and retail location.

Finally, here is the back. Notice it is NOT a Kodak advertisement like almost every American guide map in the history of time. This page shows contact and travel information for the park.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Disneyland Cast Member Guest Service Card

First I must apologize for this update being so small but I've been doing some overtime at work this week and haven't had any time to put together a proper update. I promise I'll be back Monday with a proper update. Luckily I still have something interesting to show you today.
This card was (and maybe still is. Any cast members out there please let me know) given to all Disneyland cast members. The person that provided it to me said it is from around 2003, so there are probably many different versions of this card. Even though it's cheesy, I do like to design of the card. I'm guessing most cast members threw these away after getting them.
The back shows the four keys of guest service (to go along with the 7 keys on the front of the card) and an inspirational quote from Walt.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Happy 40th birthday Walt Disney World!

It's hard to believe that Disney's two American resorts are now 56 and 40 years old.

This is probably one of the best Walt Disney World pictures I have ever seen. The While Rabbit and the Walrus (which I have never seen in the parks) are standing next to a very pretty and tanned (and naturally blond?) Alice. It's too bad Disney doesn't do publicity photos like this anymore.

Another picture of the castle, this time in the evening. It shows that Cinderella castle is stunning from any angle!

The Main Street train station as it appeared 40 years ago.

This picture shows what the Rivers of America looked like before 40 years of vegetation growth. The Haunted Mansion looks like it towers over the river and surrounding buildings. Also seen is the Admiral Joe Fowler riverboat. It was an opening day attraction but was accidentally destroyed in 1980 during refurbishment. Did you know it cost a D ticket to ride?

The beautiful Polynesian Village Resort. Did you know that John Lennon official signed the paperwork to end The Beatles in this hotel? It's true! The rest of the band had already signed the papers in New York but John was on vacation at Walt Disney World.