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    More Mouse: Disney Stuff - Your Complete Guide to Walt Disney World

    Disney Stuff - Your Complete Guide to Walt Disney World by Chris Barry

    Chris Barry returns with his monthly look at collecting that Disney stuff that we all love so much.

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    I had totally forgotten about The Disney Inn! I remember phoning CRO one time - having finally made my up mind that we were going to stay there - and the CM jokingly informing me that I'd have to join the army to stay there now as it was turning into Shades of Green!

    We stayed offsite that time, because the Disney Inn was one of the most economical places to stay on-site at the time (well, maybe Fort Wilderness was less...). The internet and the All-Stars resorts are what really contributed (I believe) substantially to the growth of WDW as it put staying on-site within the grasp of the average vacationing family.


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    The "Official Souvenir Map - New York World's Fair - 1964/65" is an important piece of graphic design history. It won a number of awards, and was an early large-scale use of a 3D aerial perspective. I have one framed and hanging in my office.

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    I've been collecting World's Fair memorabilia for a long time. I didn't know that Mike. Just like Disney, you can always learn something new. Thanks. I'll keep it in good shape.

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    It makes me wonder if the check marks made next to certain attractions were ones she wanted to make sure to go on or what she checked off as they went? Also, it begs the question as well if she ever made it on to Skyway since she had a question mark by it :o) Thanks so much for sharing Chris! I love being able to take a look at classic memorabilia such as that! My Grandparents went to the World for their 40th wedding anniversary and I was enthused just to see the pics and hear her stories on how it was just in the 80's! :o) LOL...



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    When Tony and I got married, a woman in his office gave us "something I've had laying around in a drawer forever, and thought you might like since you're Disney nuts."

    It was a darn-near mint condition 1966 Disneyland wall map. (!!!) We had it professionally framed, and it's now a centerpiece of our house. I love it when people find random Disney things for me.

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    I was a cast member in 1977 in frontierland operation and took countless relatives to all of these many times. I remember ALL of this...

    First, the Magic kingdom was the ONLY theme park, with less attractions and believe it or not, had more people in the park at one time in the summer and Christmas. The all time in park record for MK was set around '79 with 109,000 people the day after Christmas.

    Back the, even in the summer Country Bear Jamboree daily had an 45 minute wait in the middle of the day. Every day Haunted mansion had an hour wait and to have a Even Tom Sawyers Island Rafts, riverboats and Keel boats had that 30 waits.

    The 6 bus lines, Red line, gold line and still exist, plus 50 more (at least). Now there is a very complex bus system for all the theme parks and water parks. ALL of them hub at the TTC. You can go from anywhere to anywhere by bus at WDW. Fast and efficient, then and still.

    There was a Tobacconist that sold pipe tobacco and cigarettes. You could smoke anywhere in the park and there were ashtrays next to every garbage container. (they got nasty in the rain).

    The House of Magic had magic demonstrations and sold serious magic gear. I remember they had for a sale a professional saw a women in half type illusion there for sale for $2500 that I wanted so bad to impress my friends with.

    The Caribbean Arcade was at the exit of Pirates of the Caribbean. It was the overflow to the very popular main street Arcade, which occupied almost all of the northwest quadrant of main street. And here is a bit of OMG - did they really do that?? The main street Arcade had 3-4 old time "shock" games, where you put your money and you would see how long you could hold on or move a bar with the machine gave you an increasing electrical shock. (I am not kidding about this) I did it many times. I look back at it now and wonder what were they thinking having that kind of liability and if anyone was ever injured from those machines malfunctioning.

    The nightly world cruise was amazing and I took a few dates on it. It was a side wheel paddle boat with a cocktail bar and live quartet that would cruise around seven seas lagoon and bay lake. You stopped in the middle of the lake to see the Electrical Water Pageant (Predecessor to the Main street electrical parade) and watched "Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks".

    The World Cruise to Treasure Island went the same route as the nightly world cruise, but dropped you off at pirate themed Treasure Island (later named discovery island after they added animals).

    Polynesian Village really was a lot like it is now, just half the size and only one pool. They had an amazing Sunday Brunch that was a ritual for our family when relatives visited.

    The top of the world super club was a true five star dining experience. Roving violin player was there, but don't forget, they had special booking of celebrity entertainers such as Carol Lawrence, Jack Jones, Phyllis Diller that I can find for sure,and although I am not positive I believe that Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennet and Dean Martin have also played there are one time.

    The Disney Village was much different than Downtown Disney. You are dead on with your analysis. Then, it was a collection of stores that sold unique merchandise and brands found by the disney buyers. It was a place you could go for name brand clothing and even had a grocery store/deli with unique and high end items. Today, pretty much every items sold at downtown disney is a disney brand. I miss the disney village.

    Hope you enjoyed my memories of that time.


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    This is WAY cool. It brings back so many memories. Is there ANY way to get a reprint of this publication. It would be worth every penny to get one of these jewels.

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    Ah, memories...

    My first visit to WDW was in 1976, so a version of this guidebook probably made its way home with us. I wish I had it now.
    The handwritten checkmarks beside the attractions are most likely for budgeting their tickets. They probably only had so many of each ticket, so they had to decide which attractions they wanted to visit, and purchase the appropriate tickets. If I recall correctly, you could purchase ticket books in varying configurations for different prices. (For example, a book of five "A" tickets, three "B" tickets, 2 "C"s, and 1 "E" for $x, while a book with fewer "A"s and more "E"s would cost more).
    It's also interesting that some of the eateries described serve Pepsi, while others serve Coke.
    I miss the House of Magic so much. I would love to be able to take our kids to it.
    Thanks for stirring up so many memories.


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    I'm more than happy to oblige. Glad this article stirred up so many memories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewjriley View Post
    This is WAY cool. It brings back so many memories. Is there ANY way to get a reprint of this publication. It would be worth every penny to get one of these jewels.

    Andrew
    There are a few for sale on eBay right now. Different covers, but they seem the same inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimthedj View Post

    Hope you enjoyed my memories of that time.
    Thanks Jim. Great memories for sure.

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    Dear Chris,
    I enjoyed your article in particular because I still have that very same guidebook. 1977 was my first trip to WDW. Although it was just the Magic Kingdom, it felt like there was so much to do and see because of the immense area. Anyway, one of my best memories was the Empress Lilly. My best friend and I would go there every night to see a show and have dinner on the boat. It was so beautiful. Too bad it's not there anymore. I also have a guidebook from 1984 when my husband and I honeymooned there. The only real difference is that the 1984 guidebook has EPCOT in it. I haven't been back since 1984, but we are planning to go there for our 30th. It will be interesting to compare the guides. (now guide maps) Anyway, thanks for such a great article.

    Lori from San Francisco


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    I have kept every guide book since my very first visit in 1972. I must have around 25. Great memories every time I look at one. The older guidebooks had so much more to them than the "books" they give out today.


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