By: Steve Ferrigan, Digitizer at Curt Teich Postcard Archives
I was reading this excellent post on the Disney Parks blog the other day about Walt Disney's decision to build a theme park in Florida and how they went about acquiring the land, when I realized that I still owe you another Disney post! So I went through the Walt Disney World cards and pulled out some of my favorites.
|G2251. Great view of Cinderella Castle and a huge group of cast members.|
|G8566. Entrance plaza and Walt Disney World Railroad.|
Now that we've got our establishing shots out of the way...
Sub-genre: Animatronics playing musical instruments
|G2279. "Big Al" from the Country Bear Jamboree.|
|G2275. Haunted Mansion trio.|
|G2278. It's a Small World.|
|G2274. Ghost organist, Haunted Mansion. (yes, I know, not technically an animatronic.)|
|G2253. The always excellent Haunted Mansion.|
|G2255. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. |
(I've never seen the movie, but I do remember riding this once when I was 5.)
|G2256. The Crystal Palace Restaurant. |
(Currently home to the best breakfast buffet on all Disney property.)
|G2248. Grand Canyon Concourse. |
Monorail running through Contemporary Resort.
|G2247. Contemporary Resort with Monorail.|
|G2245. "The Vacation Kingdom of the World."|
This card is probably my favorite. And if you've been going to the Magic Kingdom for a while, or have stayed at any of the "Monorail" resorts, you can see why. Look at all of the open space! The Magic Kingdom is situated at the top of the card (you can just barely see the castle), and the Contemporary Resort can be easily seen on the upper right. The fan-shape on the lower right is the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC). The set of dark brown buildings on the bottom is the Polynesian Resort. Or should I say, a much smaller Polynesian Resort. When my family and I stayed there a few years ago, we would often walk from the TTC to our room in about two minutes. Comparing to Google Maps, it looks like another four buildings were added to this resort from the time this postcard was made, covering all of the open space between the Poly and TTC. (And thanks to the Internet I now know that this card was made somewhere between 1971, when the hotel opened, but before 1978, when the first expansion was added. Thanks Wikipedia!)
Another amazing thing about this card is seeing that giant open patch of land on the far left (jutting out into Bay Lake) that would become Disney's Grand Floridian Resort in 1988. My wife has memories (and a few home movies) of this resort being built; but it's still a wonder to see what they could do with such a seemingly small patch of land. Imagineering at it's finest.
I take it back, THIS is my favorite card of the bunch:
|G2276. WE WANTS THE REDHEAD!|