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Which decade did you first visit WDW?

In which decade did you first visit Walt Disney World?

  • 1970s

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Heppenheimer

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70s. I'm old enough to remember the movie theater in the Contemporary, which would show classic Disney animated films nightly. I even saw Song of the South here once. I even retain very vague memories of the long-gone Mickey Mouse Revue, although it's possible I only remember it from an old family 8 mm movie.

My mom still refers to Disney Springs as "Lake Buena Vista".
 

DugLovesU

Member
January 2002. I had been curious for years but work & family obligations-along with a general inertia (OK laziness) kept me away. But the deals were so good right after 9/11 that I knew this was the time. I got a flight/4 nights hotel/rental car for $400 from LA CA. Even though it was freezing cold and I only made it to Epcot* I fell in love with the place and the general Central Florida area. I have returned nearly every year-in fact 2021 will be the first year I have missed 😔. But I definitely plan to return in 2022 and forward God willing.

* I rode Body Wars & Cranium Command just before they disappeared.
 

StarshipDisney

Well-Known Member
Filtered through my memory as a 4 year old, that arcade was huge. I seem to remember they even had a shooting gallery.

I believe they did. OMG I wish I had a picture. I have searched you tube and the internet but never found anything.

I remember the rows and rows of pool and air hockey tables, skeeball along one wall, rows of every kind of pinball machine they likely made at the time. I cannot find any old guide or picture, but this place was basically the first floor of the Contemporary behind what I believe is still the original check-in area. At the time, it was by far the largest room I had ever seen.
 

Heppenheimer

Well-Known Member
I believe they did. OMG I wish I had a picture. I have searched you tube and the internet but never found anything.

I remember the rows and rows of pool and air hockey tables, skeeball along one wall, rows of every kind of pinball machine they likely made at the time. I cannot find any old guide or picture, but this place was basically the first floor of the Contemporary behind what I believe is still the original check-in area. At the time, it was by far the largest room I had ever seen.
In my subjective memory, that room almost kind of resembles a casino gambling floor. There were no windows, the color schemes were a little more garish than the generally muted tones of the hotel at the time, and there was a nearly constant sensory barrage of flashing lights, tinkling bells and buzzers.

The more I think about it, I distinctly remember walking up to the shooting gallery, but it was out of order. There was a technician working on something underneath the front barrier, and I was slightly scared when he suddenly popped into view. Amazing the things that you retain from a very young age. I have vivid memories of this arcade, but I remember almost nobody amongst my early grade school classmates.
 

Mickeynerd17

Well-Known Member
2005, back when Epcot was still trying to follow its original ideals. WoL was closed (seasonal, I never saw it), Missed what was left of The Living Seas by a month, and Soarin was brand-new. SSE with the mickey wand is the only thing from that year I remember. Cinderellabration castle was a thing and honestly is one of my favorite castle overlays ever.
 
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