Wall-E in 'World of Color' at Disney California Adventure Park

Vintage Walt Disney World: Characters Dress For Halloween

posted on October 10th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Halloween is only a few weeks away! Do you have a costume yet? Here’s some help from a Heffalump. Just grab a mask! It’s quick, easy, adorably cute and (in this case) retro – 1977, to be exact!
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Vintage Walt Disney World: Daredevil Circus Spectacular at Epcot

posted on October 3rd, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today back in 1955, the “Mickey Mouse Club” debuted on ABC. Thursdays on the “Mickey Mouse Club” used to be Circus Day. With today being Thursday, let’s celebrate Circus Day by journeying back to Epcot in 1987 when a circus with “intergalactic thrills” entertained guests in Future World four times a day.

Epcot’s Daredevil Circus Spectacular

With a “center ring” 400 feet in diameter and Spaceship Earth as its backdrop, the Daredevil Circus Spectacular brought an “international cast of spine-tingling acts” to Epcot for a 30-minute show.

Tightrope Walker at Epcot's Daredevil Circus Spectacular in 1987 Trapeze Troupe at Epcot's Daredevil Circus Spectacular in 1987

Known as a “cosmic thrill show, like no circus in the universe,” Daredevil Circus Spectacular included elephants, acrobats, motorcyclists, the Wheel of Destiny, a tightrope walker and a nine-member trapeze troupe. Maybe a little too “death-defying” for Circus Day on the “Mickey Mouse Club,” but non-stop, action packed fun at Epcot.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Tapestry of Nations Steps Off

posted on September 26th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Beating drums, igniting torches and dancing puppets – in September 1999, World Showcase at Epcot ushered in the Walt Disney World Millennium Celebration when Tapestry of Nations began its soft opening.
Tapestry of Nations at Epcot in 1999

Led by The Sage of Time, this parade showcased drummers riding aboard rolling percussion units and performers bringing puppets, designed by artist Michael Curry, to life from the Mexico pavilion to the Canada pavilion.
Tapestry of Nations at Epcot in 1999

Tapestry of Nations was performed twice nightly and showcased eight different puppets – Angel, Aztec, Birdman, Discman, Hammerman, Reverse Marionette, Sprite and Wiggle Girl.
Tapestry of Nations at Epcot in 1999

Take a close look at the puppeteer above. Sure, it’s from thirteen years ago, but that smile is still recognizable.


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Vintage Walt Disney World: Celebrating ‘Talk Like A Pirate Day’ With Hook & Smee at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on September 19th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day! In its honor let’s celebrate two of my favorite Neverland pirates – Captain Hook and Mr. Smee. It appears that this dastardly duo found themselves in a bit of a bind when they ran into Peter Pan and the crocodile in Magic Kingdom Park back in 1981. Arrrrrrgh, mateys!

Captain Hook and Smee Battle Peter Pan at Magic Kingdom Park in 1981

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Vintage Walt Disney World: California Grill Through The Years

posted on September 12th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


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.
Vintage Walt Disney World: California Grill Through The Years

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.
Vintage Walt Disney World: California Grill Through The Years

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.)
Vintage Walt Disney World: California Grill Through The Years

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
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    Vintage Walt Disney World: Morocco Pavilion Opens at Epcot

    posted on September 5th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


    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.

    Vintage Walt Disney World: Morocco Pavilion Opens At Epcot

    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.

    Vintage Walt Disney World: Morocco Pavilion Opens At Epcot Vintage Walt Disney World: Morocco Pavilion Opens At Epcot

    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.

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    Vintage Walt Disney World: Take Me Out to the Ballgame

    posted on August 29th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


    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!

    Goofy, Mickey, Chip and Dale are Ready for a Game of Baseball Outside Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park

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    Vintage Walt Disney World: Disney’s Grand Floridian Is Topped Off

    posted on August 22nd, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


    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.

    Disney’s Grand Floridian Is Topped Off

    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 Is Topped Off

    Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa continues to create “grand” vacations for guests at Walt Disney World Resort.

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    Vintage Walt Disney World: Relaxing at the Ol’ Watering Hole

    posted on August 15th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


    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!
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    Vintage Walt Disney World: Dog Days of Summer, 1973

    posted on August 8th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


    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.
    “Goofy

    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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