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 Walt Disney World Then & Now

P. Marlin May 2014


Cinderella's Castle

Disney World opening day October 1971. Not much different today other than general admission was $3.50 (today $99.00) and parking was.50 cents (today $17.00). Book of ride tickets were purchased separately starting at $4.75.




In 1974, Star Jets opened at Magic Kingdom Park in Tomorrowland. The attraction was re-designed and re-opened on April 30, 1994 as the Astro Orbiter.



Grand Prix Speedway

A Magic Kingdom Opening Day attraction in 1971, the Grand Prix Raceway was expanded in 1973 and then shortened in the late 80's when Mickey's Birthdayland was built. It was renamed Tomorrowland Speedway in 2008.



Cinderella's Carousel

Cinderella's Golden Carousel was originally built by The Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1917 for the Detroit Palace Park. In 1928, the carousel was repaired and sold to the Olympic Park, New Jersey. The carousel ran there for 39 years, until 1967 when the park closed and The Walt Disney Company purchased the carousel. They stripped and repainted the carousel's horses, giving each horse a unique design. Disney also added a 23 karat gold leaf, silver, and bronze to each of the ride's 90 horses. The ride was renamed the Prince Charming Regal carousel in 2010. The original photo of the carousel is from Lost Amusement Parks. Next time you ride, look for Cinderella's horse, it is the only one with a gold ribbon around the tail.



Skyway Ride

At the Magic Kingdom the Skyway ride was part of the park opening in #971. It was shut down during the mid 1990's renovation of Fantasyland then removed in 1999.