Friday, September 30, 2011

Walt Disney Word - October 1971 Ticket Book

Walt Disney World’s 40th anniversary is just one day away! What better time to take a closeup look at the original tickets used when Walt Disney World opened. This first scan was donated by a blog reader (D.G.). back in 2008. This is a complete October 1971 Magic Kingdom ticket book. It has the main gate ticket, the transportation ticket and all of it’s a thru E tickets, how cool is that?

The following scans are also tickets from October 1971, these are from a couple of incomplete books in my collection. A complete book as shown above is ultra-rare and is worth a boat load of Churro’s.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Walt Disney Word - By the Numbers

Walt Disney World and Sesame Street are about the same age, just two year apart in fact. Anyone my age or younger that grew up watching Sesame Street has got to remember the numbers sequences (the “one of these things doesn’t belong” sequences were my favorite) so lets relive those fond memories and do some numbering!

The 11 adventure books are super rare, this one from October 1971 is the cover only. Here's the back showing Walt Disney World's Opening day attractions. (link)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Walt Disney Word - 1972 Blow Out Celebration

As Walt Disney World’s 40th anniversary gets ever closer can’t you just feel the excitement in the air? Do you think Anaheim will do anything on Oct 1st to celebrate? (Is Florida even celebrating it?) Well we’re celebrating it here on the blog - just like Gorilla's Don't Blog.

Today’s post is all 1972! Up first the cover to the Fall/Winter 1972 issue of Walt Disney World Vacationland. This is issue number 2 of Volume 1; can you guess which issue I’m going to post on Oct 1st?

Here's a great 6 page article from this issue on the Grand Opening of Walt Disney World. Come back on Super Bonus Sunday for the entire magazine. For anyone that noticed, the Summer 1976 issue of WDW Vacationland from last week’s post (link) didn’t get posted last Sunday (insert dog-ate-homework excuse here) therefore look for it this weekend on WDW Super Sunday.

The following are reposts from 2008, but who can remember back that far anyway?

A nice glossy color brochure from 1972 showcasing how Walt Disney World is the Vacation Kingdom of the World!

Courtesy Guest” book of 5 A thru E good on any attraction tickets from September 1972. These are the “complimentary” tickets that seem pretty plentiful even today. I think hotels and travel agents gave these out like candy, especially in the later 1970’s.

Cool Key design with the original WDW logo in it.

A run down of the attractions available in September 1972.

Here is a nice “7 Adventure" book from March 1972. It has all it’s a thru E tickets, but it's missing the main gate and transportation ticket.

Again, a slightly higher price than a “10 Adventure book” from Disneyland of the same time period. I wonder what justification Disney used to constantly charge more for the Magic Kingdom than at Disneyland. With fewer tickets and fewer attractions at the Magic Kingdom, you would think it would be cheaper? Maybe the Disney Co. had to recoup its capital expenses?

Let’s take a close look at a special Magic Kingdom Club ticket for Walt Disney World. Dated 1972, this ticket offered up all kind of fun options. I want to try the Trapper Canoe.

Alcoholic beverages are not included unless specified” so there! Notice the Globe paper, it’s a little different than the attraction ticket paper. The water mark "Globe" seal is similar, but on this ticket it states “Globe Ticket Company”, on the attraction tickets it states “Globe Ticket Safety”.

Here’s a 1972 “A” ticket from Walt Disney World, you can see the different seal wording and the pattern of the background it wavy, not checkered like the special ticket above.

Gotta have some color! I love the Mickey Ear balloons.

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Saturday Evening Post - June 28, 1958

Welcome to Magazine Monday. Today’s magazine post is a long one, sorry if your browser is overloaded but this is such a great magazine I had to include all these scans. From June 28, 1958 it’s The Saturday Evening Post.

This five page article has some decent photographs and some excellent text about a three year old Disneyland. If you have time, read the entire article, it’s a nice detailed look at the early days of the park.

The artwork on the articles is simply outstanding, here are a few samples.

No artwork, but too cool!

Some stunning advertisements; did this idealistic world ever really exist? Better question; Can we get it back? I think we could use it right about now.

I want one of those race cars!

Smoking is gross and will make you have this expression on your face- permanently!