Retro Photo TR: Amusement Park Vacations from the '70s!

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Retro Photo TR: Amusement Park Vacations from the '70s!

Postby larrygator » Tue Feb 17, 2009 1:17 pm

As a kid I was lucky that my family saw the value of amusement parks. My family went to Florida a couple of times in the 1970's including Walt Disney World during its' opening year. In this trip report I'll post pictures from many Florida parks: Walt Disney World, Marineland, Six Gun Territory, Sea World, Circus World and Busch Gardens.

As an added bonus I found pictures from a family vacation in the Lake George area with pictures from Storytown (Pre-Great Escape), Santa's Workshop and Time Town

A lot has changed since DisneyWorld opened. The announcements on the monorail used to be in English and French (not Spanish), there was one only park, there was a ride ticket system, one on-site hotel and you could take a tram from the parking lot to the Magic Kingdom.

My family was never big on pictures but here are some that survived.

1972 - Walt Disney World (below)
1972 - Six Gun Territory
1972 - Busch Gardens (Tampa)
1972 - Marineland of Florida
1974 - New York's Lake George Region: Time Town
1974 - New York's Lake George Region: Santa's Workshop
1974 - New York's Lake George Region - Storyland (years before it became the Great Escape)
1975 - Circus World (with a couple of pictures from 1978)
1975 - Walt Disney World - Magic Kingdom
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Passing the brand spanking new Contemporary on the tram!
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Obligatory blurry front entrance shot
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Stylish 70's fashion in front of the castle.
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They had characters back then.
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Left to Right: sister, me, Dad, brother ready to play Red Rover with Captain Hook
WDW 72 Cinderella (Medium).jpg
Cinderella made it to the ball, also.
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Jungle Cruise '72
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Jungle Cruise '72 Part Deux.
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Since Matt posted a picture of his smoking mom in a Retro Disney Photo TR so will I.
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Nothing says "Greatness" like the Good Castle captured on Polaroid.
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Postby TPDave » Tue Feb 17, 2009 2:03 pm

Woah, nice stuff Larry :)

Nice to see the characters have developed a little bit since the 70's!

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Postby montezooma » Tue Feb 17, 2009 2:11 pm

This is SO great! I can't wait to see more! Looking forward to Circus World
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Postby Coaster Palooza » Tue Feb 17, 2009 2:13 pm

It's good to see you wore sleaves back in the day. ;)

I can't wait to see some more of your retro report.
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Postby mcjaco » Tue Feb 17, 2009 2:42 pm

Wait until I get my pics up from my last trip. My Mom will make an appearance again!

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Postby cfc » Tue Feb 17, 2009 2:57 pm

You and your brother don't seem too sure about that whole "sky ride" thing. I love seeing these old pictures.
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Postby larrygator » Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:02 pm

montezooma wrote:This is SO great! I can't wait to see more! Looking forward to Circus World


I don't have nearly as many Circus World photos as I thought. The parental units just did not take a lot of photos (I guess that is why I still don't have a digital camera). Also, right after our 1978 trip to Circus World, my father left our camera on top on the car in the parking lot as we were leaving the Magical Mystery Fun House. The camera and Magical Mystery Fun House were never to be seen again. Most of the 1978 Circus World photos never even made it to the developing lab.

Also, sometimes my parents would leave a nearly finished roll of film in the camera after a vacation only for it to still be there and ruined a year later at the start of a new vacation.
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Postby ebl » Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:04 pm

That skyride doesn't even look like it's at a theme park with all the trees and such.

It was my dream to go to WDW, but I didn't achieve that till 2002, when the park was much different from its beginning.

I wish I had some photos of trips to SFMM before they added the SF to it, KBF, Busch Gardens (yes, there was one in L.A.), and our Disneyland. But I never thought to take pictures. :(

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Postby larrygator » Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:07 pm

EBL - In addition to their other foibles my parents also didn't label photos very well. I have changed the caption as it is not the Magic Kingdom.
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Postby gisco » Tue Feb 17, 2009 3:21 pm

How cool, Larry with sleaves!

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