1971 Walt Disney World Main Street Cast Member Handbook

1971 Walt Disney World Main Street Cast Member Handbook

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 the park. 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 a series of handbooks, 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 Main Street. We’ll study the story behind the show, and look at attractions, dining, retail, entertainment and Guest services. If you yearn for the Walt Disney World of yesteryear, or you want to know how different Main Street of the past is from Main Street of today.this is your podcast, as we continue our efforts to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Walt Disney World.

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Images Discussed in the Podcast

Map from the GAF Guide for 1973, but the most elements were pretty much the same as on opening day.
Undoubtedly, the Walt Disney World Railroad station takes its cues from the train station in Saratoga Springs. Photo part of the Saratoga Springs Public Library collection.
Disneyland Paris’s version of a more casual restaurant adjacent to the ice cream parlor. Similar but more casual to the Plaza Restaurant in Magic Kingdom. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
Interior to Victoria’s, which again is a more casual dining experience than Plaza Restaurant at Magic Kingdom. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
This is a laminated explanation to sales agents or ticket sellers as to what the Around the ‘Worlds’ Vacation Package include.

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