As we enter the Magic Kingdom, we are greeted by a slice of Americana.
Here’s a whole dang page.
I like this postcard of Mickey on the fire truck, cuz he’s so happy – and the driver is so bored.
But the problem got rectified in another photo…
A nice close-up of the hood lettering.
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.
Same article, I think.
He’s got a baton, and he’s not afraid to use it! (postcard)
From a fold-out postcard book.
Another fold-out postcard.
Yo, I’m eatin’ here.
Of course, at the end of the road is Cinderella’s Castle. (3 postcards.)
Yer giant head is blocking my snapshot!
And two more views.
Tomorrow – into Fantasyland.
Here’s the Magic Kingdom.
You can get there by boat or monorail!
Since some of you may be postcard collectors, I’ll flag the postcards… like this one:
The entrance to the Magic Kingdom.
Tomorrow: Main Street
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???)
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?
Of course, I had to include a 1971 Time magazine article about WDW’s opening.
An overview of the resort.
Tomorrow we zoom in on the Magic Kingdom. See ya.