Thanks for sharing these, oh the memories. The plants have totally grown in now, but so much I miss:
I have been going since before opening day, and much has changed (and not necessarily for the better!).
On Main Street -
Ribbons and Bows used to sell mouse ears where they would embroider your name on the back.
There used to be a marching band, a keystone cops sax group, a barbershop quartet and ragtime piano player at Casey's Corner.
Every store was different, and Main Street Motors was a reproduction of a old time garage (with 4 real cars for sale if you were rich enough).
There was a sillouette artist that would create a sillouette of you while you wait.
And the Horse drawn street car, 3 horseless carriages and Omnibus would be in operation at the same time unless too crowded (add to that a train every 10 to 15 minutes).
Next onto Frontierland - where from 1994 on you could tour the teepees and speak to the Indians before going through the fort.
The Lucky Nugget was not a character meal, but in fact had a revue show open to all including singing, stunt fights and live cancan dancers.
There were Indian Canoes on the water where you could paddle through white water and near the geysers too (they used to work). And near the canoes were indian craftsmen making pots and weaving rugs, you could also buy native american indian trinkets.
Occassionally the cavelry would ride their horses or a gun fight would break out on the rooftops. Don't forget the live Dixieland on the Mark Twain!!!!
And in Cotton Wood Creek, wood carvers would make things to order, there was a blacksmith shop and real animals including Brahma Bull
Adventureland - this is the area I think has been ruined the most.
Besides the covered walkway that connected Main Street to PotC, going away, I miss the Bazaar.
In the Bazaar there were merchants that made wooden boxes, brass plates and woven persian rugs, all for sale. Hakuna Matata was known by another name, and would serve African cuisine, and where one can now buy Pizza's, it used to be a table service restaurants with a cast of different characters and parrots that would interact with the guests in The Explorer's Club (also sold chinese for a short time before it became Col. Hathi's).
The TAMTAM drummers and asian gamalan players would frequently appear throughout, along with pirates sword fighting. and the lighthouse near PotC was live flame at night!!!!
I also miss the reflecting pool that used to exist at the entrance of Adventureland.
Fantasyland is the one land that in the main has changed for the better, but there are a few things I miss here too.
You could buy unbirthday cakes and decorate them near the Tea Cups. Also you could buy different hats and have them embroidered in that area too.
Merlin would conduct the sword in the stone ceremony, and Cinderella, the mice and Fairy godmother would put in an apperance at Auberge for no further charge ( with a choice of at least five things for each course on the menu and the slipper could be had by anyone).
And I miss the fountains working on It's a Small World.
Other entertainment would include medieval jugglers and the odd band (I forgot a pirate band would occassionally float between Peter Pan and Adventure Isle).
Discoveryland - Shows have come and gone such as Rock Shock, Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, the 10th Anniversary Show, and soon the Lion King will be leaving.
I am saddened by the loss of Le Visionarium as I always felt this best encapsulated the ideals of the land.
we had a Nasa Space exhibit for a time in the area that is now Pizza Planet. And I greatly morn the loss of Space Mountain au la terre de la lune.
And I really miss the fire that would burn on top of the water at the entrance to Discoveryland.
And we used to have mini parades - Aladdin, Lion King, Mulan, et al, the Halloween Parade (3 versions), Imagination (with the Big Balloons), Christmas parade (2 versions), the Main Street Electrical Parade (which I preferred to Fanti), and BIG Fireworks more frequently.
DLP was the near perfect park even though it had less attractions than the other MKs when it opened. There have been some returns to greatness (the burning torches in Adventureland returning), but to me the shopping, dining and entertainment (stage shows aside - they have improved) have been going backwards.
Although we have gained since opening:
Aladdin Walk Through
The Old Mill (closed again)
Storybookland Canal Boats
Hista replacing Capt Eo
I think we are missing a lot of the original magic. And therefore I am sorry I am an oldtimer, but I hope at the same time things will improve to form.
Well besides the missing star lights, fake palm trees, and big american figures, there have been other changes too:
- The Cinema and Planet Hollywood have not always been there.
- There used to be 6 classic cars parked in front of Annette's
- The Deli used to be a real deli - with hot food and things like bagels, reubens, french dip, and chilli dogs - you could even get root beer.
- Hollywood Pictures sold real Hollywood Memoriabilia
- King Ludwigs replaced Rock and Roll America - a live music venue specialising in rock, rhythm and blues (food was terrible, but I miss the choice of free live entertainment)
- Team Mickey sold Disney sport gear including Disney themed golf equipment!!!
- Crescend'O (opened late 90's) offered a Cirque du Soliel aquatic circus experience, I used to love it.
- McDonald's was not there opening day
- Hurricane's used to make more sense - on the ground floor was Key West Seafood restaurant and upstairs was the night club and Live music outdoor stage.
- Cafe Mickey was LA Bar and Grill - now more characterised.
- Then there was the central stage, neverland club for kids and the arcade.
Festival Disney was a trip through America West coast to East - also no real (funfare) tack in there either.
Now some things have improved where they are additions, but once again, it is not what it once was.
As for the hotels, well I remember a string quartet in the DLH, live Jazz Club at the HNY (2nd best restaurant on property, and Parkside was a great place to eat too), live pianist at the NBC, SL had storytellers and the Hunters grill served all you can eat meat brought to your table on skewers.
The lake had a laser show at night (and during the day boats to take you to the different hotels, and canoes on the river).
Cheyenne had a blacksmith and ponies, with a magicician and country band in the bar.
Santa Fe had Mariachi bands.
And Davy Crockett had a pack of wolves and buffalo living on property, and a free bus to the rest of the resort.
The Golf Course has improved though!