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Tuesday
Sep102013

WDW Construction: Cinderella Castle

By late 1970 the partially-built Cinderella Casltle was the tallest structure on the Magic Kingdom construction site. By February, 1971 its spires were nearing completion. A scroll-shaped sign above the Castle entrance reminded everyone: "REMEMBER, OPENING OCT. 1971".

How many bricks are in Cinderella Castle??? ZERO. Harharharharhar. Anyway. No more "fun" facts. But really, what a beautiful sight this must have been. How great would it have been to walk around and see everything come to life??

 

Related posts:

WDW Construction: Magic Kingdom
WDW Construction: Liberty Square
WDW Construction: Contemporary Resort
Walt Disney World in 1971 [Part 1]
Walt Disney World in 1971 [Part 2]
Magic Kingdom's Space Mountain Construction
EPCOT Construction from the Air

 

Friday
Jul262013

WDW Construction: Contemporary Resort

While Magic Kingdom and Polynesian Resort Village were being constructed, the Tempo Bay Hotel (later named Contemporary Resort Hotel) was rising up and its rooms were being inserted with cranes.

We learn about the process of assembling the modular guest rooms here and in the following memo.

A great view of what would later open as Treasure Island (later renamed Discovery Island).

 

Related posts:

WDW Construction: Polynesian Village Resort
WDW Construction: Magic Kingdom
WDW Construction: Liberty Square
WDW Before Opening Day 1971
Magic Kingdom's Space Mountain Construction
EPCOT Center Construction Photos: Future World
EPCOT Construction from the Air


Monday
Jun172013

Magic Kingdom's Space Mountain Construction

Enjoy these rare construction photos of Magic Kingdom's Space Mountain, taken in 1974.

Although the concept of Space Mountain was originally envisioned for Disneyland, the first Space Mountain to open was at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. After the Matterhorn Bobsleds opened at Disneyland in 1959 and were hugely popular, Disneyland management asked for a second thrill ride. Walt was on board but the plans for this second coaster were delayed for another decade. Disneyland didn't get their Space Mountain until 1977, more than two years after Magic Kingdom got theirs in 1975. 

 

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THEN AND NOW: MK Tomorrowland [Part 1]
Signs of the Times: Tomorrowland
Tomorrowland '67 [Part 1]
Walt Disney World in 1971 [Part 1]
WDW Construction: Magic Kingdom
WDW Construction: Liberty Square