Today is Walt Disney World's 40th Anniversary! In honoro of this historical milestone, we decided to take a little trip back in time to Disney World's 25th anniversary in 1996 when Imagineers transformed Cinderella Castle into a giant birthday cake!
While this festive transformation has received some criticism, I can remember seeing Cinderella Castle in this form as a kid and being absolutely in awe! This proved to me that Disney can pretty much do anything; and I really got a kick out of the towers Lifesaver candy castle tower!
Whether you liked the candy castle or not, the anniversary of Walt Disney World is definitely a big deal and worth celebrating! Disney World has brought our own family tons of joy and memories over the years; and it's one of the few places that we can escape to that is all about goodness, family, and belief in the extraordinary! Happy Anniversary Walt Disney World!
Since there has been a lot of buzz about this year's Flower and Garden Festival, we decided to look back on our visit to Epcot during the festival in 1999. We visited several days after school ended that year and the festival at Epcot became one of the highlights of that trip. We have been fans of the festival ever since.
This popular Disney event began in the early 90s; and today it is a highly anticipated annual event at Disney World. The International Flower and Garden Festival this year is featuring characters from Toy Story.
Our favorite topiaries during the 1999 festival are those that were found in the United Kingdom pavilion. We discovered topiaries of Mary Poppins and Winnie the Pooh and friends, all of which were are some of our favorite characters. We particularly enjoyed the hollow tree seen in the picture above overflowing with Honey Suckel, which was made to look like honey!
Other topiaries featured at the festival in 1999 would be a wild dragon in China, Rafiki and Simba at the African Outpost, and Aladdin and the Genie at Morocco. Plus much more!
We also enjoyed this topiary of Rabbit found in a hidden corner of the pavilion, behind the United Kingdom's shops. It's usually a quiet area that many guests miss; and during this visit, Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh was there to greet us with his freshly harvested carrots!
Back in February of this year, Mickey's Toontown Fair closed as part of the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland expansion. However, many forget that Mickey's Toontown Fair didn't always have that name, nor did it always exist in the Magic Kingdom. Actually, this section of the Magic Kingdom didn't come to be until 1988 when Mickey's Birthdayland opened to celebrate Mickey's 60th birthday. This land was supposed to be temporary, but the public loved it! So in 1990, Mickey's Birthdayland was transformed into Mickey's Starland.
Mickey's Starland celebrated Mickey's stardom and Disney cartoons, featuring a show full of characters from Disney television shows like Goof Troop and Tail Spin, and Mickey himself. There was also a number of facade toon houses and businesses; a petting zoo, and Mickey's Country House which remained through all of the changes this area went through.
Mickey's Starland was then transformed into Mickey's Toontown Fair in 1996.
In this Vintage Disney post, we are going to be talking about an old parade that used to run In Disney's Hollywood Studios back in the early 90's.
Unlike the parades you find in Disney parks today, this parade focused on one particular Disney animated film, Aladdin!
The name of the parade was Aladdin's Royal Caravan. It was a 22 minute parade taken directly from the "Prince Ali" part of the movie, which is appropriate since that scene was all about an elborate parade! Aladdin's Royal Caravan featured a massive inflatable Genie, the famous lamp seller shown at the beginning of the film, Jafar, spitting gold camels, a costumed, dancing Genie, and finally Aladdin and Jasmine on a huge Abu the elephant all to the tune of the "Prince Ali" song from the film.
The parade ran from 1992 to 1995 to celebrate and promote the film; and it was replaced by Toy Story--The Parade. However, you can still see a piece of the parade today at Walt Disney World when you visit the Magic Carpets of Aladdin at the Magic Kingdom. The spitting gold camels in the parade are still spitting at guests today!
For the past several months, Disney World has been under construction renovating and expanding the existing Fantasyland. The changes have many guests excited, including us at A Glass Slipper Vacation! Disney is bringing us a new Little Mermaid ride called Under the Sea---Journey of the Little Mermaid which is very similiar to the one being built now in Disneyland California. In addition, Snow White's Scary Adventures is being turned into Princess Fairytale Hall, a meet and greet area for Disney princesses, and gaining the Seven Dwarves Mine Train. There will also be a Beauty and the Beast themed area with a Be Our Guest restaurant, Belle's Cottage, Gaston's Tavern, the Beast's castle, and a giftshop. Lastly, Mickey's Toontown Fair is being turned into a Storybook Circus area with a rethemed Barnstormer and an expanded Dumbo attraction.
While we believe that these changes will definitely improve one of the most popular areas in all of Disney World, we want to take a look back at the old Fantasyland.
Our photo above is from the 90's; and as you can see, Fantasyland has undergone quite a few changes even before the recent expansion. The red and white color scheme is different from the pastel colors you find today; and one particular attraction transported guests above Fantasyland called the Skyway. While this ride closed years ago, the chalet style housing for this ride can be still be seen as you enter Fantasyland from Liberty Square or are near "it's a small world" or Peter Pan's Flight. Rumor has it that this structure will be torn down during construction and replaced with bathrooms and another pathway.
Other attractions that you could find in Fantasyland back in the day would be Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, where The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh can be found today; and the Legends of the Lion King, where Mickey's Philharmagic is now. An older attraction that could be found in Fantasyland in the past was the Mickey Mouse Revue, a show where Mickey served as an orchestra conductor and several different characters from Disney films performed songs, an attraction which may have inspired what Mickey's Philharmagic is today? A favorite of mine was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage, where you would board submarines and explore Captain Nemo's underwater world below the waters of Fantasyland.
Fantasyland's history is evidence of how Disney continues to provide us with magical memories year after year; and I believe that the Fantasyland Expansion will only continue this great tradtion.