Watch This Space!

Here’s what you should expect to read after I return from vacation after Thanksgiving:

  • Dining reviews of Yachtsman Steakhouse, Boatwright’s, Be Our Guest (lunch), Via Napoli,
  • Room reviews of Port Orleans Riverside and One Bedroom Villa at Bay Lake Tower
  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Review
  • Ride Review of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and a First Time Experience on Space Mountain from my daughter’s perspective
  • A Full Trip Report (broken up into several posts)
  • Lots and Lots and Lots of Pictures

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  I’ll see ya real soon!

What I am Looking Forward to Next Week

Later this week, I will be heading down to Walt Disney World for a nice long eight-day vacation in the world.  My  wife and I have been planning this trip for over a year.  Today, I am posting some of the Florida/Walt Disney World related things that I am looking forward to during this vacation.

1. Warmer Weather

Those of us in the upstate NY area got to wake up to an inch of slushy/starting to melt snow.  Nothing gets me down more than snow and snow in November is not something I like seeing.  So, I decided to look at the weather for later in the week for Orlando.  Friday’s forecast: Partly Sunny and 74 degrees.  Temperatures early next week get into the mid 80’s.  I can live with one day of crappy weather knowing I’ll be in the warmth soon.

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World of Motion

World of Motion is the focus of today’s Fastpass to History.  This attraction was one of the original Future World attractions.  It had a great 13-year run before it was closed for over two years.  During this period, it was completely redesigned and turned into Test Track.

General Motors has always been the sponsor of this attraction and its flagging sales in the mid-90’s was the cause of the redesign from World of Motion to Test Track.  General Motors wanted an attraction that focus solely on cars and Disney Imagineers worked with them to design Test Track.

But that is the future, this post is about the time when Test Track was World of Motion.  This attraction was a lot like Spaceship Earth – a long duration Omnimover attraction.  From start to finish, the attraction took around 15 minutes.

The attraction started with the early history of travel starting with, of course, your feet before moving on to rafts, animal power, and the chariot.

World of Motion #1

 

The attraction continued into the role of Leonardo di Vinci and flight.  Then dove into the role of steam power up and down the Mississippi River before putting you in the middle of the world’s first “traffic jam.”  The attraction closed with the future of travel and transformed your Omnimover into a simulated car of tomorrow as you entered the CenterCore (city of the future).

World of Motion #2

The car, to me, looks like a larger version of the Tron Cycles.

Tron Cycle

That is today’s Fastpass to History look at World of Motion.  Do any of our readers remember going on this original EPCOT Center attraction.

Thanks for reading!

 

Last Minute Planning Tips

 

Dad For Disney has reached single digits until his upcoming trip to Walt Disney World.  Reaching single digits means the vacation is now close enough to start doing some serious trip planning and not of the Fastpass+ and ADR variety.  Some actual, “THIS TRIP IS REALLY HAPPENING!” type of planning.  Today, I’m going to  go some of the things on my “last-minute checklist” to make sure that everything is good to go when that departure day actually comes.

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1984 Summer Fun at Walt Disney World

I continue my look back at 1984 with the summer park fun.  1984 was not a year where the parks were transformed into anything.  It was 12th summer that the park was in operation and Walt Disney World continued to pay homage to the characters who helped make Disney Studios into the Walt Disney World Resort.  1984 was the 50th birthday for one Donald Fauntleroy Duck and the summer, at Magic Kingdom, was dedicated to celebrating his 50th birthday.

1984 Donald Duck #1

Donald, for once, got top billing on the Walt Disney World News letter for June 22 to July 5, 1984.  He also got a parade just to celebrate his birthday everyday.  He took over the mid-afternoon parade which was NOT held at 3 pm.  It was held at 3:30 pm as Donald and his friends waddled their way down Main Street.  Donald’s friends, of course, included some real life ducks.

Donald, also, had a special stage show in Fantasyland….Donald Duck & His Dandy, Dazzlin’ Dancin’ Revue which took place in the afternoon on Sunday through Thursday.

Lastly, guests could watch Donald Duck through the years at the The Donald Duck Film Festival in the Fantasyland Theater.  The Fantasyland Theater is now the home of Mickey’s PhilharMagic.  This film festival ran continuously throughout the day.

Donald Duck through the years

Magic Kingdom returned to its regular summer parades at night-time.  Night time featured the The Main Street Electrical Parade.

The night time festivities closed with the Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks show.

EPCOT Center was not left out of the summer fun.  Not only could guests get around the World Showcase by bus.  They could enjoy the All-American College Orchestra.  This orchestra was made up of 43 college students who performed with special guest conductors in a daily show through the summer months at the America Gardens Theater.

Also appearing in the summer were Ballets Africains who were a dancing troupe who appeared daily at, I assume, the Outpost or Morocco.  The article was not clear to their performance location.

EPCOT Center’s nights closed with the Laserphonic Fantasy – the precursor to Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.

I’d also like to touch on the park hours and ticket costs in 1984.

1984 Donald Duck #2

First off, look at the park hours.  They never change (except for July 4).  Magic Kingdom always open from 9 am to midnight.  EPCOT Center was always open from 9 am to 11 pm.  This went for both Future World and World Showcase.  River Country was open from 9 am to 6 pm in June and then 9 am to 9 pm come July while Discovery Island was open from 10 am to 7:30 pm.  The shops of Walt Disney World Village were open from 10 am to 10 pm.  This is consistent and made it easy to plan.

Tickets were very inexpensive too.  You could buy a four-day World Passport (1984’s version of a park hopper) for just $52 and $42 for children (ages 3-12).  That same ticket, granted a guest has access to two more parks now, costs $294 for adults and $274 for children (ages 3-9).  Single-day could be purchased for $18 for adults and $15 for children (ages 3-12).  An annual pass cost just $125 for adults and $100 for children (ages 3-12).

That is today’s look at Walt Disney World in 1984.  As always, Thanks for Reading!

 

 

 

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