Back in 1972, a visit to the top of Disney’s Contemporary Resort looked a tad bit different than it does today when dining at the recently re-opened California Grill.
What we now know as California Grill was originally Top of the World Restaurant and Top of the World Lounge when it opened on October 1, 1971. It was also home to the “Broadway at the Top” dinner show running from June 1981 until September 1993. Then in May of 1995 the space opened as the California Grill.
And while the space may have evolved over the years, one thing has never changed – the spectacular views of Magic Kingdom Park from the 15th floor. (Of course, the Magic Kingdom Park skyline has changed over the years too.)
For more about the California Grill, read these posts below:
It’s Opening Day for the Re-Imagined California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney Parks Blog Readers Get an Early Taste of the Re-Imagined California Grill
New Sweet Endings for Re-Imagined California Grill at Walt Disney World
This week back in 1984, the Morocco Pavilion opened to guests at Epcot. Featuring replicas of well-know Moroccan landmarks, this was the first new pavilion in World Showcase since the park’s opening. Here’s an aerial view of the pavilion still under construction back in March of 1984.
Koutoubia Minaret, the tower located at the Morocco Pavilion, is a replica of the one found at Koutoubia Mosque in the city of Marrakech. This World Showcase pavilion is also home to two restaurants – Restaurant Marrakesh and the Tangierine Cafe.
Whether it is enjoying the ambiance, browsing the shops or sampling the local cuisine, the Morocco Pavilion is a great place to spend some time while traveling the World Showcase. You just never know what Disney friends you might catch a glimpse of too while visiting.
Here’s a look at our own boys of summer at Magic Kingdom Park back in 1973. Goofy, Mickey, Chip and Dale are ready for a little game of baseball outside Cinderella Castle. Batter up!
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The day of August 22, 1987, saw a milestone in the building of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, as the resort’s 10,150-pound cupola was hoisted into place.
This Resort, inspired by Florida beach resorts of the 19th Century, began construction in 1986 and opened in the summer of 1988. Here’s a look at the Resort under construction in September of 1987.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa continues to create “grand” vacations for guests at Walt Disney World Resort.
Happy National Relaxation Day! In honor, I’ll be writing as few words as possible (I’m taking it easy), but will allow Goofy to demonstrate the power of relaxation in this photograph from 1979 at Disney’s River Country. He’s found the perfect way to beat the heat on a warm August day at the Walt Disney World Resort. Splash down!
We’re right in the heart of the “dog days” of summer. Phew, it’s warm! But you know what’s cool? These two Disney dogs at Magic Kingdom Park back in the summer of 1973.
Ever wonder why they’re called the “dog days”? According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, “ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians believed that Sirius, the dog star, which rises simultaneously with the Sun during this time of the year, added its heat to the Sun’s.” This, in turn, causes the warm weather. I’m already dreaming of the cooler autumn days to come.
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Today, back in 1997, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort opened at Walt Disney World Resort. Inspired by the grand haciendas and elegant mission cities of the Spanish Colonial era in Latin America, this Disney Resort hotel has over 1,900 guest rooms and is home to one of the coolest pools on property – the Dig Site. Here’s a look at the Dig Site still under construction in an undated photograph.
Home to the 46-foot Mayan pyramid with water cascading down its ceremonial stone steps, this pool area represents the imaginary discovery of a lost Mayan kingdom during a present-day archaeological dig.
The Dig Site also boasts one of the largest outdoor hot tubs at Walt Disney World Resort, with enough room for 22 guests – making it a great spot to relax after spending a day in the parks.
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This week back in 1995, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings officially opened Disney’s Wedding Pavilion located on the banks of the Seven Seas Lagoon. Here’s a look at an early rendering of the pavilion prior to opening and then just after its completion in 1995.
Home to magical weddings year-round, Disney’s Wedding Pavilion can seat up to 300 guests and has an aisle that stretches 75 feet. The pavilion received some TLC back in 2012 that included the installation of new stained glass windows, carpet, and reupholstered pews. Below is a comparison of the inside of the pavilion in 1995 and the pavilion today.
The first official wedding at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion was held in June of 1995 and appeared on “Weddings of a Lifetime,” a television special on the Lifetime network. Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings has created over 40,000 happily-ever-afters since its inception in 1991. Now that’s a lot of love.
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Back in 1986, the Country Bears from the Country Bear Jamboree in Magic Kingdom Park invited guests to “forget your cares an’ join us bears in the great outdoors” when “The Country Bear Vacation Hoedown” version of the show debuted, temporarily replacing the original show.
This summer-themed show featured Shaker going to the beach and winding up in an entanglement with his octopus friend, Delores, while Wendell’s vacation slideshow drove Max, Buff and Melvin up a wall.
I never had the opportunity to attend Camp Grizzly, but it sure looks like it’d be a lot of fun. (Not to mention a cool vintage t-shirt idea).
Although you can’t catch these bears on vacation nowadays, you can still catch them at “The Country Bear Jamboree” attraction in Frontierland. Just bear to the left right before you get to Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe.
The Fourth of July always brings vibrant images of red, white and blue, but here at “Vintage Walt Disney World” we like to celebrate with a little black and white, too.
Here’s a look at Mickey, Goofy and Donald celebrating the United States of America in the Fourth of July parade at Magic Kingdom Park back in 1980. Happy Independence Day!
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