Vintage. Disney. Love.
Here you will find a collection of photographs, videos, and other random things related to Vintage Disney Parks! We try to have everything sourced, so please leave it that way! We claim nothing.
“This video was recorded at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort in Spring of 1988. It was the WDW information loop that ran in the Disney World Resort rooms during that year. The recording is obviously not great quality as it was taken by placing our family VHS home video camera on the bed of our room and aiming it at the TV.”
I am always grateful for (and pleasantly surprised by) tidbits like this, a napkin or a park handout, a stray piece of video footage or a single photo of an obscure element, back from the days before unlimited photos and digital video, and the Internet ‘demand’ for parks ephemera and keepsakes.
Long Lost Disney:
So, I have recently discovered a deep fascination with the abandoned Disney waterpark called River Country. The original Disney waterpark opened in 1976 and closed permanently in 2001. It used mostly unfilted lake water out of Bay Lake. Instead of tearing it down, it has been to left to rot, slowly becoming nothing more than Florida jungle. I took a trip to Fort Wilderness today with the sole purpose of capturing some images of this area.
The area where the waterpark was is located near the Settlement off to the side behind the area where Mickey’s Backyard Barbecue is held. It is surrounded by a typical green Disney fence, but obviously has had more than one person try to catch a glimpse as parts of the fence are missing. I hope to get more pictures in the future, but this is all I have come up with for now.
i will reblog all fort and river country. i love my parking lot!
Artwork from the 1969 Walt Disney World preview guide details the amenities and luxuries to be found at the Vacation Kingdom’s Polynesian Village Resort. This rendering illustrates the earlier version of the Polynesian Volcano Pool which has a few more precarious slides, and authentic igneous rock work than the final version, and the version used at the resort, today. The picture of the finally built pool, however, illustrates the more organic aesthetic that the Polynesian boasted on it’s grounds, as the resort “village” was more centered around the harbor on the Seven Seas Lagoon, and the smaller, more verdant grounds.
Remember kids, never go into the jungle without ensuring you have two things:
1. Hippo repellant
How important are pants? Let’s look at dolphins. Do they wear pants?
But they wish they did. That’s how smart they are!