1971 Walt Disney World Liberty Square Cast Member Handbook

1971 Walt Disney World Liberty Square Cast Member Handbook

After a break for all things D23 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 Liberty Square. What makes this land unique is not only did new Cast Members being hired on the East Coast have no idea about what Liberty Square was all about, neither did people from Disneyland coming in from the West Coast. After all, this is the one land in the Magic Kingdom that had never been created for Disneyland in California. So we’ll look at what attractions, shops, dining and other features were available at this time. 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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Here are some of the things we talk about on the podcast:

Cover of the Liberty Square Handbook with a Main Street U.S.A. cover.
You can see a resemblance to the Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in Liberty Square.
Park map for purchase in 1971. Note the section of buildings (39 that suggest an additional grouping where the seating area of the Liberty Square Market is. Image by Disney.
Map on headboards in Disney resorts in 1971. Note the white steepled building left of the tree. Image by Disney.
Same building with steeple is on the left, with large alcove area underneath. Image by Disney.
Entrance to Liberty Square. Notice the windmill, later removed from the design and final development.
Not discussed, but the original bridge was bowed similar to the Concorde bridge. It would later be flattened for parade traffic. Photo by J. Jeff Kober
Presidents being prepared for the Hall of Presidents. Photo by J. Jeff Kober

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