Daily Figment 103 – Magic Kingdom 1976

  1. Magic Kingdom Theme Park – As exciting as Disneyland, with six “lands” themed to the worlds of yesterday, tomorrow, adventure and fantasy: Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. There are special events, shops, restaurants, free entertainment and more than 45 major attractions, including The Hall of Presidents, Country Bear Jamboree, Mickey Mouse Revue, It’s A Small World, The Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, Peter Pan’s Flight, Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Moun­tain, Carousel of Progress and If You Had Wings. Towering Cinderella Castle is the beautiful visual center-piece of Walt Disney World’s own world of fun.

–p. 11,The Story of Walt Disney World

Obviously, this is a close-up of the map that we looked at on Thursday. This section of the guidebook is dedicated the Magic Kingdom. Not the one we know today, but one from over twenty years ago. At this time, they were still using the ticketed system and not only do they publicize their biggest and most iconic rides, they mention If You Had Wings–a free attraction, sponsored by Eastern Airlines.

What in the world did people do before Splash Mountain, Epcot, the Disney Hollywood Studios and the Animal Kingdom? Sit in their hotel room all day?

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  1. Well obviously they would take advantage of the stuff that’s sometimes still offered but pretty much ignored – go boating on the Seven Seas Lagoon, take in the Luau at the Poly, take a bus to the Shopping Village, take a boat to Fort Wilderness and ride the miniature railroad, see the Hoop-de-Doo, see the Top of the World show at the Contemporary, and spend a second or third day at MK. That’s a five or six day vacation right there, with plenty of time to go see Cypress Gardens and Kennedy Space Center to boot. This was when Disney was promoting itself as a base of operations to see Florida, not the only thing to do in Florida, remember. That was an Eisner advent.

    My favorite 70’s thing to do at WDW? Rent the China Seas, the Chinese Junk Boat which was also a floating bar. Take it out onto the water to watch the fireworks the the Electrical Water Pageant!

    I always thought it was amusing that that ’76 map includes the Treehouse but not Pirates of the Caribbean.

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