Walt Disney World: Before it Opened

beforeitopened-picparadeIf you like some Walt Disney World history how about a quick visit over to the PicParade. Here you can see a collection of 1971 pre-opening pictures including one of Frontierland under construction. Other interesting pictures include some of Cinderella’s Castle, Mainstreet U.S.A. and the Haunted Mansion. There are also two pictures of the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea construction, a very interesting sight of an attraction that is no more. You can also see a picture of the tipi’s near the Rivers of America.

Before the park opened Disney used two Keelboats as form of transportation on the 7 seas lagoon. There are two pictures of one of the boats that got stuck on a sandbank.

hauntedmansion_9_71There are also a couple of pictures from hotels, the Contemporary Resort Hotel en the Polynesian Village Resort Hotel.

For those liking some paper history, there are a couple of pictures that might be of interest. One of them is the business card of John F. Curry, the 1st manager of the Contemporary Resort hotel. The second pictures is an application letter and the last one is a 1971 WDW cast member ID card.

Remember that you can also put all your Disney pictures online using our ClickMagique PicParade project. This service is free and has no limitations (except for size of your pictures). Once you have an account you can share your pictures everywhere!

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3 Responses to “Walt Disney World: Before it Opened”

  1. Great link to a gallery of pictures from 1971 and the pre-opening of The Magic Kingdom .|. etckt.com .|. reviews, tips + news for wdw and all of disney's world Says:

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  2. Neil Bumford Says:

    Great pictures of WDW before opening. Images like this are so difficult to find, would love to see more. Thanks

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