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40 for 40

40 years ago today, Walt Disney World opened. I remember Betty White on a WDW special during the 15th Anniversary special talking about the traffic back up to get there. I’m sure it pales to the I-4 traffic these days. Since The Diz has been so essential in defining my love of ‘the experience’, I thought I would take the opportunity to share my 40 favorite ‘things’ about The Diz over the years – some old, some new, some attractions, some locations, some sights, some sounds – all of which continue to enhance my experience.

In no particular order…

1. The Emporium on Main Street U.S.A. 2. Muppetvision 4-D 3. The 1992 Cast of Streetmosphere at the Disney-MGM Studios 4. The Electrical Water Pageant on the Seven Seas Lagoon, circa 1985 5. Broadway at the Top, Contemporary Resort 6. Pineapple Dole Whip in Adventureland 7. Summit…Plummet 8. The Polynesian Village Resort lobby 9. Beaches & Cream 10. The nighttime view from the Boardwalk Resort’s boardwalk 11. The Image Works 12. Spaceship Earth narrated by Walter Cronkite 13. Late 80’s Illuminations with ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ lighting up The American Adventure 14. “Please slow down and do not strike the car ahead.” 15. The train running you down in Mr. Toad’s 16. Choose your own ending at Horizons 17. The Hoop Dee Doo Revue 18. Soarin’ 19. The Adventurers Club on Pleasure Island 20. El Rio de Tempo – original and updated versions 21. The 3 mile monorail ride between EPCOT & the TTC 22. Once Upon a Toy at Downtown Disney 23. The Stargate Restaurant in Communicore West 24. The World Key Posts in EPCOT 25. Spectromagic 26. The Walt Disney World Railroad 27. Splash Mountain without the lap bar 28. Sleeping through the Hall of Presidents 29. WEDway Peoplemover 30. Future World lit in purples 31. The caves of Tom Sawyer’s Island 32. Pinnochio’s Village Haus 33. The geysers of the Wilderness Lodge 34. Catching the next Great Movie Ride tour guide sneak into their place at Anubis 35. Carousel of Progress 36. If You Had Wings (presented by Eastern) 37. The quiet pool of the Beach Club Resort 38. Drinking around the World Showcase 39. Pirates of the Caribbean (with or without Sparrow) 40. Christmas in the parks… in the resorts… everywhere.


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