In Honor of my upcoming trip to Walt Disney World this summer, lets take a look at Walt Disney World six months BEFORE it opened. Today's posts comes entirely from the April 4th 1971 edition of LOOK magazine. I sure like the HUGE size of these old LOOK and LIFE magazines, I still feel like kid when I hold one of these classic magazines. They measure 10 1/4" by 13 1/4" just in case you are curious.
The Mickey on the cover looks a little odd to me, I can't exactly figure it out, but he has a Twilight Zone look to to him as do the early WDW TV commercials.
You will notice that WDW looks like it's pretty far along at this point. Most of these photo's look like completed areas.
This blurry page is not a scanner error, several of the pictures in this article are like this, my guess is two fold; (1) It's artistic and (2) I think they are trying to hide the fact that the place isn't quite finished yet.
"Thousands of Acres of Computerized fun" Thousands? The Mickey Mouse Musical Review sure looked neat, was it? From Wikipedia: "In October, 1971, the Mickey Mouse Revue show opened as an 'E' ticket attraction in Fantasyland, in the Magic Kingdom, Florida. The show ran until it was closed on September 14, 1980. The building that housed it was renamed the Fantasyland Theater. Mickey Mouse Revue found a new home at Tokyo Disneyland park in Japan, where it plays to this day in the Japanese language."
More blurry fun! Check out the text on this page, Disney was still claiming it would build "Walt's" EPCOT, 20,000 people and all...
Hey, where exactly is that submarine floating? Looks too big to be the lagoon at WDW.
Is that Castle finished?
I wonder if THIS is what Walt had in mind for the Florida project?
And now a couple of full page ads. [Disclaimer alert: I in no way endorse or approve of cigarette smoking, it's nasty and deadly] That said, this is 1971 and cigs were cool still. These Eve ads used to really creep me out as kid. That art work reminds me of my cousin who lives in Topanga Canyon and grows all her own food! "Smoke Pretty" and I guess you "Die young"!
2nd Disclaimer alert: I do fully endorse and approve of Mustangs, in fact I just so happen to drive an 06' Mustang GT, but I'd trade it for that 1971 Mach-1 in heart beat! Of course that has to include the stylish model and that Lear Jet too! A better idea for safety; buckle up.