In the 1980s and 1990s if you wrote to WDW asking for information (I often did under the guise of a “school project”) they would send you all sorts of information goodies…now they would just re-direct you to some sticky sweet looking PDF file loaded with stock photographs of perfect families skipping through the Magic Kingdom. Brian one of our users sent us a scan of a 1989 WDW information package. There is a wealth of really interesting information in here that reminds us of a world that we lost versus the world or reality that was created. Skipping past the Disney Afternoon and other BS crowd sucking live entertainment we land at “One Man’s Dream” – that name is now used again at the Studios for the Walt Disney exhibit (and is also a Yanni song, yes Yanni, you have been warned). Descriptions of now well known attractions are included such as Captain EO, Journey’s into Space (was watered down and turned into a blase thrill attraction and renamed Mission Space), and Splash Mountain are included, but what is really interesting is the first hint of the Little Mermaid attraction which didn’t debut until 23 years later. Always sad to read descriptions and realize the USSR and Swiss pavilions never made it to World Showcase.
It is so clear this is 1989 – Disney MGM studios, remember folks back then it was a “real working studio”, is suffering from a massive schizophrenic identity crisis. Dick Tracy Musical Revue is supposedly coming, along with his crime stoppers attraction – thank god the exec’s stopped that one. Not sure what would have lasted longer; these attractions or the Barbie show at EPCOT Center; sadly I have to give the nod to Barbie as that one actually existed…eek! We would be also treated to Noah’s Ark – a night time spectacle that would feature songs by Andrew LLoyd Webber. And who could forget all the Roger Rabbit attractions that never were, a smart move as that franchise only lasted a few years after the theatrical release.
Soon after this document was written we would mourn the loss of the late and great Jim Henson, two attractions and a parade would never make it to reality – in the end we are very fortunate to even have Muppet Vision 3-D today. The Great Movie Ride should be overhauled, put in the Muppets I say! Don’t even try to tell me that the opening scene of the Great Movie Ride can not be improved, Miss Piggy even starred in her own version of sorts of Footlight Parade (right).
It is 1989 and the dream of the Mediterranean Resort is still alive as is Buffalo Junction. The DVC Bay Lake Tower back then was called “Kingdom Suites” and the “Shared-ownership Development” (ie: Timeshare/DVC) was just beginning.
Some dreams back then eventually became reality while many where shelved for years or forever…imagine what could have been…imagine for a moment…Try to imagine…