The Airports of Disney World

Imagine flying into Walt Disney World, taking off in your hometown and landing on Disney property. For a time, some guests could actually do it. There is an airport in Disney World that must guests pass at least once during their visit to the Magic Kingdom without realizing it. You don’t know what you’re looking at unless you know what you are looking for in this case. The other airport in Disney was used more recently but is impossible to find

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The History of “I’m going to Disney World!” Super Bowl celebration

Everyone has heard the famous phrase “I’m going to Disney World/Land” from a famous football player from the winning team of the Super Bowl, but have you ever wondered how it began? It began as a dinner conversation between Michael Eisner, his wife Jane, George Lucas, Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager. I’ll let Michael Eisner tell the story here; In January 1987, we were launching Disneyland’s Star Tours, an attraction based on Star Wars. After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, my wife, Jane, and

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Spaceship Earth: Why Build a Dome, When you can Build a Sphere

Before we get into the building of Spaceship Earth, go over to google.com and search for “geodesic sphere”, or easier yet, let me google that for you! What do you see? If you are like me you were looking at the results wondering if you had even googled the right term. You will see a lot of pages about geodesic domes, but that’s not what you want! Everyone builds geodesic domes, you even played on them as a kid in

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Skyleidoscope

EPCOT THROWBACK: Skyleidoscope an “aerial spectacular”

If I told you Epcot used to have a daytime show in the lagoon and in the air, would you be surprised? I sure was when I first read about it. In fact, for two years in the 1980s, the World Showcase Lagoon and the air above it became a stage for what was one of the most daring shows Walt Disney World has ever seen. Before the debut of Skyleidoscope, The promotion staff at Disney described it to the

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The story of the Liberty Tree in Liberty Square

Before we begin the history of Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Tree lets go over some American history first. The Original Liberty Tree In the summer of 1765 the Sons of Liberty started gathering under an elm tree in Boston to protest the Stamp Act that was imposed on the colonies. This protest became the first of many leading up to the American Revolution. This elm tree became a gathering place for the revolutionaries and became known as the “Liberty Tree.” With

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River Country

Abandoned River Country, 15 years later

River Country, for those of you who might not know, was Disney’s World very first water park opening in 1976 and closing in 2001. There are many rumors surrounding why it finally closed, the most popular story probably being that there was a rare deadly amoeba in the water. It is true that an 11-year-old boy died in August of 1980 after he swam in River Country, but the park stayed open for 21 years after that incident. The most

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IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

I’ve seen Epcot’s “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” over a hundred times easily and in watching it so many times I began to wonder if the guests watching this spectacular show ever realize that it is telling a story. After all, a story without pictures or words can be very hard to catch onto, but if you go to the show knowing it’s there you can easily discover it. Remember, Disney doesn’t do anything that doesn’t tell a story! Illuminations: Reflections

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