Slides of the Magic Kingdom from November 1979

This slide set from November 1979 features the Magic Kingdom in all its autumn splendor. As always we’re treated to lots of pictures of the afternoon parade. Back then each year ushered in a new parade and “Dumbo’s Circus Parade” was the 1979 theme. It features scary clowns in a miniature fire engine, Donald Duck in his fortune telling getup, Dumbo in a burning firehouse and plenty of other interesting and unique parade floats not seen before or since.

A handful of on-ride Pirates of the Caribbean photos are here. You’ll also find the greatest kid in history enjoying an ice cream cone wearing his “Anchors Aweigh Florda” sailors cap. Then you’ll discover Mickey Mouse walking across a Magic Kingdom hub lawn, photographers in tow, with Dick Clark!   You’ll spy an interesting shot of the outdoor seating at Pecos Bill’s, the Tomorrowland spires with their water rockets on full blast, Country Bear Jamboree’s Marquee after Frito-Lay exited leaving Pepsi as the sole sponsor (with a vintage logo to boot!).

There’s lots of goodies in here for your viewing pleasure.

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September 4, 2018 9:18 pm

I was there for the first time in March of that year, when I was 8. These pics bring back such great memories!

September 5, 2018 1:03 pm

These are great pics. Question, did the WDW Railroad run counter clockwise? I cannot remember this at all.

Van Mi
Van Mi
September 14, 2018 4:47 am

Nope, it’s running clockwise here in the only photo I can see of the Railroad, which was taken from outside the loop, before passing under the tunnels into Town Square. I think maybe you just mistook the photo as being taken from inside Town Square on Main St.

September 6, 2018 5:45 pm

Man, some parts of the park look super dirty in these pictures. Space Mountain and the Tomorrowland spires especially.

September 8, 2018 3:02 pm
Reply to  Kevin

Ha! I had the same thought. The spires looked so beat up.

September 8, 2018 1:00 pm

Love these! Is it weird that I got so much enjoyment out of what everybody was wearing? I mean all the women in dresses? Crazy. And when did t-shirts become a thing? Because all I see are a couple of kids wearing them. Most of the men seem to wearing polos. Nowadays, 98% of the folks are wearing t-shirts. I wonder what the preferred attire will be 40 years from now!

Jon S.
Jon S.
September 16, 2018 6:39 pm

Is that Dick Clark in slide #20?

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