1971 Walt Disney World Fantasyland Cast Member Handbook

1971 Walt Disney World Fantasyland Cast Member Handbook

Welcome to Fantasyland! We return to our 50th anniversary series where we see the Magic Kingdom as brand new Disney Cast Members learned about it back in 1971. Again, Walt Disney World is set to open. You have thousands of new Cast Members, most of whom have never seen a Disney theme park, and you need to orient them to that experience. The only problem is that the park isn’t open or ready yet either. So how do you give them that understanding? Enter a series of handbooks put out by the University of Walt Disney World. In these printed materials, Cast Members were introduced to the setting in which they would work. There is one for each of the lands of the park, plus the resort. In this podcast, we’ll look at Fantasyland. We’ll overview legendary attractions like “it’s a small world” and Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel. But we’ll also reminisce about attractions long forgotten like The Fantasyland Skyway, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Mickey Mouse Revue. On opening, this was the biggest land in the Magic Kingdom with more than twice the number of attractions than found in any other land at that time. If you yearn for the Walt Disney World of yesteryear, or you want to know what this land were like back in the early days of the park, this is your podcast, as we continue our efforts to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World.

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Here are some of the things we talk about on the podcast:

Cover of the original handbook. Note that this has a sign reminding guests of the opening date. The cover photo for this post has it on Cinderella Castle clock.
King Stefan’s Banquet Hall–with a Camelot Style Look.
The Fantasy Faire Stage between Pinocchio’s and 20K
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride boarding area.
Postcard to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Mad Tea Party–Yes, the answer is that the dormouse was added when the structured cover was added.
Dumbo’s Flying Elephant–the original with 10 arms. In the earliest of days the Dumbos did not have hats.
While filmed at Tokyo Disneyland, this is perhaps the best video of the Mickey Mouse Revue.

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