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Vintage Walt Disney World: Timekeeper Debuts at Magic Kingdom Park

Nate Rasmussen

by , Librarian, Walt Disney Archives

Today, back in 1994, the Timekeeper opened at the Metropolis Science Center in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park
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Hosted by a wacky robotics tour director named Timekeeper, this Circle-Vision 360 movie took guests in their “time-machine” theater through dramatic moments in the past and also into the future. The show was based on the French version, “Le Visionarium,” which played at Disneyland Paris beginning in 1992.
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Although the Timekeeper is no longer making guests laugh, Mike Wazowski and friends have picked up where he left off at the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor in Tomorrowland.

Comments

  • I miss this attraction as well. It was a lot of fun. My favorite line from it is from the car race scene, right after nearly crashing, Timekeeper says, “And the pants are full!”. Always makes me laugh when I think about it!

  • Don’t forget that Tokyo Disneyland’s version featuring the movie “From Time to Time” opened before WDW’s. Timekeeper was played by Robin Williams and was programmed by Imagineer Davy Feighton!

  • The Timekeeper was a classic attraction and one of the most entertaining360 films ever produced by Disney. I wish there had a been a way to keep it or move it to a new home.

  • I never went on this ride. I wish I did now, reading about it.

    I’m now making a concerted effort to try all the rides, no matter how boring they may seem (except Stitch’s Great Escape, I miss Alien Encounter too much)!

  • So many great quotes from this attraction!

    “There goes Suzanne Somers pulled by a blender-fish.”

    “Please do not sit on the lean rails because they’re there to lean on.”

    “Big teeth, brain the size of a walnut.”

    Classic Robin Williams, G-rated of course. I never could figure out how, near the end of the film, the rock band at the gazebo was playing Boyz II Men’s Motownphilly… 😉

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Nate!

    • Melanie I’m impressed by your memory!!

  • Nate, I love your posts. Do you know what happened to the Timekeeper after the ride was shut? Did they dismantled it or used on another attraction? Thanks!

    • Thanks, I’m glad you enjoy my posts! Good news, my sources tell me that the Timekeeper is still around at WDW.

  • Wow! This brought me good memories of my very first visit to the Magic Kingdom in 1996! Thanks for posting this!

    • You are welcome. :)

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