1971 Walt Disney World Frontierland Cast Member Handbook

1971 Walt Disney World Frontierland  Cast Member Handbook

We bring you Part III of our series where it’s 1971 and 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 Frontierland. We’ll look at what attractions, shops, dining and other features were available at this time. Whether you were a host for the Country Bear Jamboree, serving up drinks at the Mile Long Bar, or steering canoes along the Rivers of America, we’ll look at this land as Imagineers and early operators saw them. If you yearn for the Walt Disney World of yesteryear, or you want to know what these two lands 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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Original Frontierland Handbook.
Image by Disney.
Image by Disney.
Model of Walt Disney World. Photo by Disney.
Photo of Frontierland. Photo by Florida State Archives.
Park map at opening. Image by Disney.
Photo by Florida State Archives.
Photo by Florida State Archives.
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