A Dream Called Walt Disney World

By Keith Mahne

I am absolutely obsessed with retro Walt Disney World! I love collecting old souvenirs, looking at vintage photos, listening to original soundtracks, and especially, watching old travelogues of the vacation kingdom of the world. My endorphins go crazy as those cozy, nostalgic memories come flooding in. Watching the older videos reminds me of why I fell in love with WDW in the first place. A retro Disney World video that I particularly enjoy, as do my endorphins, is called A Dream Called Walt Disney World, which was released in 1980. It’s jam packed with that vintage, classic Disney we all adore. Get ready to be transported to a time when the Magic Kingdom was the only park on property and you could still jump on a slide at River Country for a fun filled day in the cool waters of Bay Lake…

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Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four.

Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.

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Florida Before Mickey: Disney’s Impact on Orlando

By Keith Mahne

Prior to the arrival of Mickey, Orlando and the rest of Central Florida may not have been as well-known to the rest of the country as sun-tanned Miami or sea-storied Key West. Yet here, in the middle of the peninsula, was an eden. All you had to do was find your way there. And 52 years ago, on a typical fall day in Central Florida, one very important man did. Walt Disney changed the entire history and economy of Central Florida with one, swift decision. A decision to build his latest and greatest dream with the blessing of size. But what did the local community think of this change? Let’s find out in today’s new article titled Florida Before Mickey: Disney’s Impact on Orlando

Walt walks on WDW property

Before Walt Disney World, south of Orlando, in Osceola County, Kissimmee had about 12,000 residents and two main economic mainstays – citrus packing and ranching. The area’s few two-lane hardtop roads and grass fields of cattle land and citrus groves were testament to the openness of the country and the scarcity of its human inhabitants.

Like any eden, Central Florida was beautiful to the eye, even in fall and winter, and it was a sportsman’s paradise because of this. Besides the Air Force base southeast of Orlando, where civilian jets were just starting to take off and land under a civilian-military partnership, or the citrus groves and cattle land surrounding the city and all the smaller towns throughout the immediate region, there was little of what an out-of-town traveler at the time might view as a must-see attraction worth driving to.

Roy O. Disney and Disney executives inspect WDW property

Disney executives inspect WDW property

Today, you can go down south of Orlando and you’ll see shopping malls, themed attractions and fast-food restaurants that cater to visitors who come here to see the sights and to experience the thrills. Time-share complexes and water parks compete for attention, as do endless retail businesses and storefront after storefront of T-shirt shops and neon-lighted souvenir stands. Arising above it all is the unceasing hum of traffic on the two main highways that crisscross the region six miles or so south of downtown Orlando. It’s the sight of progress and of a booming tourist economy. But what did the local residents of the area think of all this shortly after the Cinderella Castle spires rose out of the pines and swamps of Central Florida?

To answer this question we need to travel back to June 18th, 1972. On this date, 60 Minutes and reporter Mike Wallace aired a segment showcasing what changes were occurring in Orange County now that Disney had moved into the neighborhood.

At 11 minutes in length, this brief and fantastic 60 Minutes clip gives us a nice glimpse of what life was like in Orange County before the “Disney Boom.” Take a look at this great footage to really understand what was going on in the area at that time…

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Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four.
 
 
 
Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.
 
 

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1987 Walt Disney World Information Channel

By Keith Mahne

One of my favorite things about staying in a Walt Disney World Resort hotel is the wonderful Information Channel. Whenever we first arrive to our room, I immediately turn the TV on and watch and listen to the station as we begin to unpack. It’s one of those magic feelings that hit you and your brain goes, “Yep! I’m in Disney World!” Something that’s especially fun to do is to watch old WDW Information Channel programs from the past. I’d like to share with you one of my particular favorites from 1987. Join us today as we travel back to a Walt Disney World Resort hotel in 1987, flip the TV on, and embrace the magic that is the vacation kingdom of the world…

Before we start the show, let’s talk about all the wonderful things WDW was experiencing in 1987. WDW was in the process of a huge expansion. Construction was underway all over the property on projects that would change the face of the resort forever. Disney’s new CEO, Michael Eisner, was intent on making WDW a full-service destination that could keep a family occupied for an entire vacation without stepping foot off the property. One of his very first contributions to the resort complex was Disney-MGM Studios, which was put into development at this time to head off a possible new Universal park in Orlando, and to support Eisner’s big-time movie production ambitions. Some other notable projects in development were Typhoon Lagoon, which would open two years later, was intended to counter the elaborate water parks that had sprung up elsewhere since River Country’s opening, and Pleasure Island sought to keep adults on property at night. Adding to all of these amazing projects, something from the Card Walker era would open a year later in the incredible Grand Floridian Beach Resort and EPCOT’s Norway pavilion.

Now, let’s talk about all the wonderful things you’re about to see in this truly amazing, 1987 WDW Information Channel broadcast, much of which is long gone. For starters, it does a terrific job of showcasing all of the resorts on property. We’ll see the original Polynesian Village Resort lobby including the beloved waterfall. We’ll see the Disney Inn, Discovery Island, River Country, and the WDW Shopping Village (Downtown Disney today). Also during this time, the resort was still celebrating it’s 15th anniversary which included the “15 Years of Magic” parade. It’s a true testament to what Walt Disney World is all about…the place so many of us originally fell in love with and the one that keeps us coming back for more. But enough talking about what you will see in this fantastic video from Walt Disney World’s past, it’s now time to flip the TV on and take a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Enjoy my friends…

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Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four.
 

Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.

 


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Disney in 1980: A Trip Through Time

By Keith Mahne
 
 
You hear me say it all the time, “wouldn’t it be great if we could travel back in time and experience the Parks in a whole new way?” As you ponder the question, let’s travel back to the Disney Parks of 1980. It was a great year for both Parks as Disneyland was celebrating it’s 25th anniversary and Walt Disney World’s 10th celebration was starting to take place as well. Let’s take a look around each Park in today’s new article…


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Let’s begin with this wonderful home video of Disneyland from 1980:

Up next is some 8mm footage of Disneyland’s Fantasyland in 1980 prior to the New Fantasyland expansion of 1983:

Check out this great 1980 super-8 footage of the Disneyland 25th Anniversary Parade:

Lastly, we end our trip of the Disney Parks in 1980 with this home movie also shot on super-8 and with full live audio of Walt Disney World. Notice how similar the parade was to Disneyland’s at the time:

 
 
 
 
Although we can’t actually travel back in time, these wonderful home videos offer a wonderful sense of nostalgia and ability to transport us mentally to the old days filled with that Disney Magic we all love. I hope you enjoyed these videos as much as I have and, if so, tell us all about it in the comments below! What was your favorite part? 
 

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Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four.

Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.

 
 
 


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The Wonderful World of Water Ski Show

By Keith Mahne

The sight of Goofy, Donald or Pluto splashing their way across the Seven Seas Lagoon on waterskies would have been a familiar sight to WDW guests riding the ferryboat to or from the Magic Kingdom in the early 1970s. When the resort was in its infancy, a wide range of entertainment options were being tested. One of these more odd offerings flashed briefly along the surface of the lagoon and was titled The Wonderful World of Water ski show. Let’s take a look back at this short lived, early piece of WDW history in today’s new article…

A joint venture between WDW’s Recreation and Entertainment departments, the show was viewed from a “special” vantage point (the grassy hillside between the Magic Kingdom monorail station and the lagoon) that was accessed by a special gate.  During the show’s first season, tickets cost 50 cents.  In 1973, guests presented a “D” ticket or paid 75 cents to gain admission. There were five shows daily, some taking place as late as 11:00pm.

Among the acts in this aquatic spectacular were an eight-person, three-tiered pyramid, an exposition of flex-wing kite flying at 300 feet over the water and a series of jumps over a five foot ramp. The kite act, shown above on the cover of Walt Disney World Vacationland’s Spring 1973 issue, was relatively new to waterskiing at that time and was considered to be something of a fantastic feature. In this show, the kites were outfitted with flares, which created a dynamic effect when viewed in the evening hours. 

The cast of costumed Disney characters employed in the production ranged from Goofy and Pluto to Dumbo and the hippo from Fantasia.  And while all indications are that The Wonderful World of Water ran for only two summer seasons (beginning in June 1972), its legacy of characters on skis continued on.

Dick Pope (the “Dean of Florida Tourism” and founder of Cypress Gardens) was probably less than delighted when he learned of Disney’s plans to stage this show.  After all, waterskiing had been one of Cypress Gardens’ major draws for decades. And Pope, a friend of Roy O. Disney’s since the 1940s, surely didn’t anticipate this kind of head-on competition from WDW so overtly and so early on – especially with Roy’s death occurring a mere six months prior to the show’s debut.  Furthermore it could be reasoned that at least a few of the 23 cast members in WDW’s show must have “defected” from that old park down the road.  In any event, the show’s short life span might have yielded some consolation…and some out-of-work skiers, at least until Sea World opened in December 1973 and soon thereafter began its own daily waterski shows.

Later in WDW history, some of the Entertainment department productions, such as Epcot’s Skyleidoscope, utilized water and air elements in a fashion similar to the early ski show, but none relied more heavily upon the raw physical skills of their performers like the original. Still, the show’s quick disappearance was truly not half as surprising as the fact that it even existed in the first place.

Here now is a short video featuring The Wonderful World of Water ski show in action:

Source: Widen Your World



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Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four.

Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.

 
 
 



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54 Rarely Seen Epcot Construction and Opening Day Photos

By Keith Mahne

Looking at vintage photos of Walt Disney World is one of my favorite things to do, especially of Epcot. With that in mind, and for your viewing pleasure, I have compiled 54 rarely seen Epcot construction and opening day photos that I think you’ll really enjoy. For all you original EPCOT Center lovers out there, this article is for you. Continue after the page break and enjoy…

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I hope you enjoyed today’s article. For more concept drawings, info and fantastic photos of early EPCOT history, I highly suggest you immediately get yourself a copy of the amazingly detailed book titled Walt Disney’s EPCOT…Creating the New World of Tomorrow by Richard Beard. Check out the amazon link below for a copy.
 
 
 


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Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four.

Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.

You can find all of Keith’s articles here.

15 Vintage Photos of the Magic Kingdom by Starlight



By Keith Mahne

Walking the Magic Kingdom at night is always an extraordinary time. It’s like the Park transforms into a whole new world. What would it be like to walk the park under the stars in the early days? Let’s find out in today’s new article featuring 15 vintage photos and even a video of the Magic Kingdom by Starlight…

Spending time in the Magic Kingdom is always special. But at nightfall the park REALLY comes alive. As you’ll see in the photos and video below and as you can imagine, this memorable experience was just as amazing in the early days of the park as well. Have a look for yourself…

Let’s begin by taking a look at this wonderful shot of the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel and Cinderella Castle under the stars…



Are how about this 1975 nighttime shot of the castle and the original trees that no longer exist in the hub…

Aren’t these old Tomorrowland photos stunning…

The Liberty Square Riverboat was and continues to be breathtaking after dark…

I just love this one of Frontierland featuring the Diamond Horseshoe which was still-in-operation at the time of this photo…

Now this one just may be my personal favorite… Adventureland at night in the early days was so beautiful. Just look at that “The Enchanted Tiki Birds” sign all lit up and notice how beautiful the Sunshine Pavilion Tower is as it illuminates in the Florida night sky…

Of course, we have to stop by and see how the birds are doing…

Let’s head on over to Main Street and soak up the beauty of it all at nightfall…

Naturally, no tour of the Magic Kingdom by Starlight would be complete without those magical fireworks, even back in the 70s…

Now for the grand finale! Let’s travel back to a 1981 Magic Kingdom at night in this vintage home video…

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…I don’t know about you, but I loved every single second of that footage.

Whether it was during the early days (or nights rather) of the park or today, there truly is nothing like the Magic Kingdom by Starlight.

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Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four.

Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.

You can find all of Keith’s articles here.

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The History of the Walt Disney World Swan Boats

 
By Keith Mahne
 
 
 
If I had the opportunity to travel back in Walt Disney World time one of my top choices to revisit would have to be a ride on the swan boats. As you find yourself crossing from Main Street into Tomorrowland, you might notice the remnants of one of the Magic Kingdom’s most beautiful, serene and relaxing attractions. Open during peak seasons from early 1972 to late 1983, the Swan Boats traveled the waters around Cinderella Castle in style. Let’s take an in depth look at the history of Walt Disney World’s Plaza Swan Boats in today’s new article…

 
 
 
 
 
 
The vessels that comprised this slow-moving seasonal attraction, operating officially during peak seasons from May 1973 to August 1983, plied the main canals of the park as visions of unmatched serenity. The boats departed south from a docking pavilion facing Tomorrowland and navigated a clockwise path on the Hub’s waters with a dogleg into Adventureland that wrapped around the Swiss Family Treehouse. The ride lasted seventeen minutes and was accompanied by a live spiel with brief descriptions of attractions beyond the river’s edge. The attraction’s guides were females only until the ride’s last few years of operation, at which time the duty went co-ed.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
The Swan Boat fleet numbered 12 originally. This count was later reduced by one, when a unit was converted into a “vacuum boat” for cleaning the canals. The total boat count was ostensibly reduced by half toward the end of the attraction’s eleven-summer run; one former pilot contended that engine problems kept many of the boats perpetually grounded. Each boat sat 26 guests on benches on the outer walls of the craft that faced inward – like a Jungle Cruise steamer without the center cushion.
 
 
 

 
 
The boats were named for some of Disney’s animated heroines. Among the names were Tiger Lily, Tinker Bell, Katrina, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather. The Swan Boats were powered by natural gas engines, and were originally designed to run with an electric guidance system.  That system failed early in the attraction’s life span and gave way to a new steering mechanism: two jets of water below the hull (one in front, one in back) that could swivel 360 degrees and thereby propel the boat in any direction, even in circles.  Each jet was controlled by a separate steering wheel on a console at the rear of the boat.  Accounts of the boats running into the concrete shoreline, pylons and other obstacles are common. The boats were stored and serviced in a canal opposite the Jungle Cruise boat maintenance area. 
 
 
 

The early electric guidance system.
 
The original electric guidance system tracks can be seen in this early shot of WDW. 
 
 
 
Although the official opening date was May 20, 1973, there is at least one photograph of guests riding a boat down the canal that was published in 1972.  At first, the boats loaded at what is now the outdoor dining patio just north of the Plaza Restaurant.  The better-known dock, which is the green-roofed structure on the water’s edge between Cinderella Castle and Tomorrowland, which was built in 1973.
 
 
 
Swan Boat dock
 
 
Images of the Swan Boats were widespread in the 1970s. Photographs of the boats appeared on postcards, slides, in pictorial souvenirs and other Disney publications of the era. A Swan Boat photo even made the front cover of the Summer/Fall 1974 MK guide book. The Swan Boats were listed in the park’s guides up until 1975 only, even though the attraction lasted eight more years.  The ride required a “D” Ticket up until 1980, when the A-E ticket system was disbanded.
 
 
 

 
 
 
The female cast members staffing this attraction wore a stylized white and blue sailor’s uniform. An early photo of one boat shows a hostess wearing a different uniform, with a broad-rimmed hat and Fantasyland type dress – something closer to what hostesses at Disneyland’s Storybook Land ride once wore. This photo also showed the boat traveling in the “wrong” direction, sailing west to east past the front of the Crystal Palace restaurant.  The male cast members who showed up for the ride’s last several seasons of operation wore blue and white as well, often with a white cap.  Male Leads wore red and white.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
A cast member who worked this attraction during its last season reported that the ride was closed due to operating costs, which stemmed largely from the maintenance of the boats.  This would make the Swan Boats the first ride to contract the disease that laid 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea to rest in 1994.  Another report indicated that the ride’s popularity was actually a problem and that even with six boats running the queue could easily reach 45-60 minutes.
 
 
 

Here we see Disney Characters arriving by Swan Boat.
 
 
 
Let’s end this article of the Walt Disney World Swan Boats by taking a ride on one back in 1982…
 
 
 
 


Source: Widen Your World

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Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four.

Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.

 
You can find all of Keith’s articles here.
 
 



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Beautiful Disneyland Family Photos – 1968

By Keith Mahne

We have some wonderful, vintage family photos of Disneyland from 1968 to share with you today! These beautiful family photos are a fantastic look back at Disneyland and a big THANK YOU goes out to Wendy Kruger for sharing these amazing family photos with Disney Avenue. Let’s take a look at these great pictures after the page break…

Here is the backstory from Wendy on the photos:

They were taken in 1968. It is a family vacation including my one brother, Brian, and two sisters, Michelle and Kerry. We drove to Disneyland from Las Vegas, Nevada, where we had been living. Also in the photos are my mom, Grandma, and even my dad in the one Mad Tea Party photo. (He was a little gruff, so I love seeing that even a macho man can have fun at Disneyland!) The only person not pictured is ME. I wasn’t even 1, and my mom was old school about bringing babies to Disneyland. 🙂

I think what I like most about these photos is seeing how Disneyland has stayed relatively unchanged in the past 45+ years. But the one thing that has changed is how people dress when they go to the park. I love seeing the guests in their dresses, my mom and Grandma included. My daughter and I have such sentimentality about Disneyland, so it meant so much for me to find these photos. We like looking at them and comparing them to today, and then getting homesick all over again. It really is a special place!!

Once again, I’d like to say thank you to Wendy for sharing her family memories with us; these wonderful photos of Disneyland in 1968 are amazing!

If you have old family photos of Disneyland or Walt Disney World that you’d like to share, please feel free to contact me as I’d love to display them here on Disney Avenue! Here’s one of me and Pluto at WDW’s Tomorrowland in 1989…

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Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four.

Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.
You can find all of Keith’s articles here.

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The Walt Disney World Opening Day Parade – 1971

By Keith Mahne

Walt Disney World Resort opened its doors to guests on Oct. 1, 1971, however the official grand opening and dedication took place on Oct. 25, 1971. The dedication plaque was read aloud by Roy O. Disney with Mickey Mouse at his side. Roy O. Disney said “May Walt Disney World bring joy and inspiration and new knowledge to all who come to this happy place … a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn together.” The official dedication parade, called Walt Disney World on Parade, traveled through Magic Kingdom Park that day. It included 5,000 performers lead by Mickey Mouse playing the world’s largest bass drum at the time.

The pinnacle of the parade was a performance by a 1,076 piece ceremonial marching band. Although I wasn’t alive in 1971, this is one of those days in Disney history I would have loved to been in attendance as I’m sure most, if not all, of us would. No worries though, today we are going to travel back and have a look at this wonderful moment in Walt Disney World history. Continue after the page break for more…

The opening of Magic Kingdom Park in 1971 was a joyous occasion – with a three-day grand opening ceremony to match! One of the highlights was the park’s official Grand Opening Parade, which stepped off with style at 2 p.m. on October 25. First up, a small marching band dressed in red and white uniforms played “The Mickey Mouse Club March,” while Mickey Mouse kept the beat on an over-size drum.

A large cast of Disney characters followed, including: Dumbo, Queen of Hearts and White Rabbit, Thumper and Flower, Gepetto and Honest John, Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs, the Aristocats, and Winnie the Pooh. A fleet of marching toy soldiers followed, trailed by waltzing alligators and hippos from “Fantasia.”

A highlight of the parade took place when the Herald Trumpeters of the United States Army Band lined the top of the buildings on Main Street, U.S.A., to signal the arrival of a 1,076-member marching band. This line of marching musicians, directed by “The Music Man” composer Meredith Willson, stretched from the park’s main entrance all the way to Cinderella Castle and played “76 Trombones.” A mass choir then appeared on the castle stage to join the band in “When You Wish Upon A Star.”

During the last verse, larger-than-life drums that lined the parade route were opened to release 50,000 multicolored balloons. Simply amazing!

What a wonderful day this must have been! Would you believe that some of the cast members who originally designed this parade still work at Walt Disney World more than 40 years later? Check out the video below to see what one had to say about this must-see moment in Walt Disney World history:

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Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four. 

Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.

You can find all of Keith’s articles here.

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