With the Limited Time Magic events popping up in the Disney theme parks this year, I was looking through some old family albums this weekend and discovered we have experienced quite a bit of our own through the years.
(Also goes to show how much effort Disney is willing to put into this campaign… I could name way more “long lost friends” that I haven’t seen in the park in years, as evidenced in my pictures.)
I should give you fair warning that my fashion sense is so ahead of it’s time that you will be majorly jealous.
Hope you enjoy this short trip down memory lane!
During our early trips to WDW, my parents scheduled a good amount of character breakfasts.
This particular one was held at MGM Studios at Hollywood + Vine. Before Playhouse Disney, it hosted a variety of characters. Here’s one you don’t see so often:
Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame! She was one of my sister’s favorite characters (although you can’t tell from her face). My mom is positive this is the same gal who sang in the musical version of the show, but I’m not so sure about that. Where oh where have the gypsies gone?
To keep in the MGM theme, here’s a sight that didn’t last forever… the Washington Square Park arch at the top of New York Street on the Backlot Tour.
Doesn’t that look like a nice and relaxing nook? I miss it so.
This photo breaks my heart. Seeing the facades along Residential Street was one of my favorite theme park activities. And they took it away from me and I’ll never forgive them… sigh. Anyway, this blue house was the home to Alice and her cat, Dinah, from “Adventures in Wonderland” — a truly wonderful show on The Disney Channel.
We’re going to jump over to Magic Kingdom for the rest of the rarities I’ve discovered recently!
At the entrance of the park, Laurie and I hang out with Mowgli and Baloo of The Jungle Book. Now it’s pretty common to see Baloo around (Animal Kingdom, for sure) but Mowgli? I’m not sure I’ve seen him hanging out with guests since this time in 1998. (My mom commented on how we were the same height… not sure if that’s an insult or not.)
I’m pretty positive I haven’t seen good old Geppetto around the theme parks lately… and if I’m wrong, well I know for a fact that this character meet in greet from Fantasyland no longer exists. So there is that…
Last but not least…
First of all, it’s absolutely crazy to think that a huge spread of water like this does not exist anymore. Say hello to the New Fantasyland and the previous site of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Now, I never got to experience 20,000 Leagues but my dad, who visited Disney a good amount of times in the 70s, did and he would always mention this when we passed by the spot. I really can’t believe how lush the backdrop is here.
If you look in the top right, you see another attraction that said “so long” — the Skyway!
Who knew such a random spot would hold so much Disney history down the line? (Go Mom!)
Now that’s what I call Limited Time Magic!