WDW Scrapbook – 3

As we enter the Magic Kingdom, we are greeted by a slice of Americana.

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Here’s a whole dang page.6WDW'75 Scan-151208-0014.jpg

I like this postcard of Mickey on the fire truck, cuz he’s so happy – and the driver is so bored.

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But the problem got rectified in another photo…

A nice close-up of the hood lettering.

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And this is a fascinating picture of the town square before it was finished. Looks like gravel roads. This pic is from an article about WDW (Life magazine, I think) before it opened.

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Same article, I think.

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He’s got a baton, and he’s not afraid to use it!    (postcard)

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From a fold-out postcard book.

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Another fold-out postcard.

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Yo, I’m eatin’ here.

Of course, at the end of the road is Cinderella’s Castle. (3 postcards.)

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Yer giant head is blocking my snapshot!

And two more views.

Tomorrow – into Fantasyland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WDW Scrapbook – 1

In 1975, I made my first pilgrimage to Walt Disney World. The place had only been open for four years, and it was still teeming with excitement. Being a huge Disney geek, I instantly started a scrapbook of the place when I got home, filling it with postcards, magazine articles, pamphlets, and souvenir books from that time period. Since we’re celebrating WDW’s 45th anniversary next year, here’s a collection of 70’s materials for your enjoyment.

 

I categorized the scrapbook by park area, white-gluing the materials onto the pages with love and care. I started with an OVERVIEW of the place. (Wait, where’s the MGM/Disney Studios? Where’s Animal Kingdom? Typhoon Lagoon? Pleasure Island???)

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Here’s a close-up of Scrooge McDuck prophetically welcoming me to the company (the following year, 1976) and encouraging me to write for him in the next decade (Duck Tales). Who knew?

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Of course, I had to include a 1971 Time magazine article about WDW’s opening.

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An overview of the resort.

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Tomorrow we zoom in on the Magic Kingdom. See ya.