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Postby SharkTums » Thu Oct 08, 2009 4:39 pm

In my defense, they took the panda's food away and it growled at me. I was pretty sure in that split second that I'd end up on the "When Animals Attack" show.

Luckily the chinese lady came back with more food a second later and the panda was nice and cuddly again.

BTW, thanks for Season 3 Shane! (Could have done without that picture though!!!!)

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Postby montezooma » Thu Oct 08, 2009 4:53 pm

Here's another one that might top that picture. Kristin was ALL ABOUT swinging from the grips on the train...until Elissa let go of her, then it was a completely different story. I think this picture captures the moment
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Postby MagicMountainMan » Thu Oct 08, 2009 4:56 pm

Seeing the Tomorrowland entrance with out the Astro Orbiters blocking it makes me wish that ride would just go away...

The central entrance to Space Mountain looked awesome, too!

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Postby montezooma » Thu Oct 08, 2009 5:06 pm

But I digress, let's get back to some Disney goodness. This time across the great United States to the east coast were a in 1971 a new Disney park had just opened. This souvenir book is not from the opening year but it does pre-date EPCOT. Can you believe there only used to be ONE theme park in Orlando...what's up with that???
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Postby KnottsDisneyFarm » Thu Oct 08, 2009 6:25 pm

Wow, those are some awesome vintage pictures. I like...

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Postby Erik Johnson » Thu Oct 08, 2009 7:03 pm

I had an earlier version of the Walt Disney World book. It is pretty much exactly the same except Big Thunder was not built yet. Awesome stuff!
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Postby Six Flags Enthuseast » Thu Oct 08, 2009 7:17 pm

robbalvey wrote:The photos of Disneyland are seriously amazing and all, but I don't think anything can top this...

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THAT...EXPRESSION...IS...PRICELESS!!!!! :lmao:

Great pictures. Lot's of detailed stuff from one of my all time favorite parks! :)

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Postby robbalvey » Thu Oct 08, 2009 7:48 pm

Here is an interesting observation that I noticed when looking at the two guide books back to back.

When I look at the Disneyland book from 1978 I think "Wow, this park looks VERY different today" but when I look at the Magic Kingdom book from I'm assuming the same time period, the park doesn't look as foriegn to me as the Disneyland one.

And it really makes me think of how much Disneyland has totally changed in 30 years. Even in the 20 years since I originally worked at the park, I go to it today and think "this is not the park I once worked at in 1988."

But Magic Kingdom on the other hand seems to have preserved itself a bit better.

Many of the attractions I remember from the Disneyland of my youth are now gone (America Sings, Peoplemover, Country Bears, Rainbow Caverns Mine Train, Mission to Mars, Skull Island, Skyway, Inner Space, Circle Vision, etc) are now just memories, but aside from 20,000 Legues, Mickey Mouse Revue, Mr. Toad, Skyway and a couple of other minor things, my memories of Magic Kingdom from my youth are still pretty much intact today.

I'm not sure if either is a good or bad thing, just an observation that I made.

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Postby jcrouse » Thu Oct 08, 2009 8:48 pm

Great stuff Shane! (and congrats on the water park!)
I sure do miss River Country. Please keep the nostalgia coming.

And just to touch on what Robb said, there are a few spots at WDW that feel untouched (in a good way) - including my favorite place, Fort Wilderness - its almost exactly the same as it looks in the booklet - the same as it was when I went there as a kid.

Of course the landscape of the Magic Kingdom is going to look a whole lot different when the new Fantasyland is complete...

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Postby Woogle » Fri Oct 09, 2009 1:09 am

Great update! It's nice to see that some features stayed almost unchanged, keeping the history alive. :roll:

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