Halloween at the Walt Disney World Resort

Vintage Walt Disney World: Timekeeper Debuts at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on November 21st, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


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.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Kitchen Kabaret or Food Rocks?

posted on November 14th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Tomorrow is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. I’m doing my part to give you the heads up now so that you can prepare to dig out that expired salad dressing from 2011 and put it in the trash. To inspire you, here’s a look at some vintage, musical fridge items who starred in Kitchen Kabaret and Food Rocks at the Land Pavilion in Epcot.

Vintage Walt Disney World Scenes From Kitchen Kabaret and Food Rocks at the Land Pavilion in Epcot Vintage Walt Disney World Scenes From Kitchen Kabaret and Food Rocks at the Land Pavilion in Epcot

As the Refrigerator Police sang during Food Rocks, “We must conclude, you depend on food. So we just repeat, you are what you eat.”

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort Opens

posted on November 7th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


This week, back in 1990, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort opened. Below is a look at the resorts while under construction in July 1990.

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Stormalong Bay, the two-and-a-half-acre water recreation area themed after a Nantucket beach, is home to a 150-foot water slide plummeting from the shipwrecked Albatross in the middle of the two resorts.

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Located on the banks of Crescent Lake, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort is also home to one of my favorite places to get ice cream – Beaches and Cream. Who’s up for sharing a Kitchen Sink?

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Vintage Walt Disney World: The Haunted Mansion, Delightfully Unlivable

posted on October 31st, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Spirits. Happy Haunts. Hitchhiking Ghosts. It’s the perfect day to take a look back at the Haunted Mansion before it became delightfully unlivable for its 999 inhabitants. Below is a peek at this ghostly retreat when it was still under construction in January 1971. Happy Halloween, Foolish Mortals!

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Fountain of Nations Dedication at Epcot

posted on October 24th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Thirty-one years ago today, The International Ceremony of the Waters and dedication of Fountain of Nations at Epcot in Future World took place. Cultural representatives, selected by their countries, traveled to Epcot with a container of water from their nation and poured it into the fountain during the dedication.

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Twenty-five bodies of water representing 29 nations were poured into the fountain. The Senagambia River brought from Africa represented eight African nations and the mighty Mississippi River represented the United States in the ceremony.

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The fountain holds 149,000 gallons of water with 30,000 gallons cascading over its tiered sides every minute. Today, 200 pneumatic shooters help create dancing waters to various Disney musical selections for guests to enjoy.

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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.

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