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The Good Old Days

Does anyone except me remember the swan boats, the Mickey Mouse cartoons in the Main Street Theater, or Mister Toad’s Wild Ride? Back in ’71 when Disney World opened there was one park, two hotels, and limited places to eat. Then the building came with more hotels, more restaurants, more parks, and more on site shopping.

Downtown Disney now encompasses the old Marketplace, Pleasure Island, and West Side Disney. Its mega-movie theater, Circus De Soleil, Lego playland for both the young and the young at heart, kiddy rides, ground sprinklers, street entertainment provide varied entertainment. However, now the doors to the dance clubs are closed and locked.

My son looked forward to the Comedy Warehouse, the Adventurer’s Club, and the various dance clubs. He is no longer joining us for a family vacation. This comes from a young man raised on Disney, both coasts beside. His average vacations since 1986 between Land and World averaged two weeks. As he politely put it: A vacation should fulfill everyone’s needs and interests. Life is not just for the kiddies. He’s off on his own as a legal age adult with plans to visit Universal Citywalk at break time. With the last of the kids out of the roost, perhaps it’s time for us to check out options.

2 thoughts on “The Good Old Days

  1. I do remember Mr Toad’s Wild Ride. I also remember the Comedy Club, and other clubs on Pleasure Island for dancing and roller skating. Suddenly I feel old.

    1. Disney cut out Toadie in World although he is still in Land. They probably wanted him for one of the new parks they are building outside our country. I was in the Comedy Club a couple of times until it closed. I enjoyed it and really am sorry it is gone. I remember the roller skating club. JP loved it. That one was gone in a year. At least we have good memories to share from Disney’s moneygrab.

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