Editor’s note: I swear I did not put Alan up to this. LOL. I hope you enjoy his piece as much as I did!
This month is the anniversary of one of my favorite Walt Disney World blogs. Three years ago, Estelle started this project of love and it’s still going strong. I’ll admit that I have not been a reader since day one. To be honest, I didn’t even know there was a Walt Disney World community three years ago. I wasn’t on Twitter and I didn’t really know anything about blogs, let alone blogs about Walt Disney World.
But thankfully, I randomly joined Twitter and my life as a member of the Disney community took off. Along the way, I’ve met and worked with some amazing people. Estelle is easily at the top of that list. I’m so grateful that I met her through another Disney blog and that I was able to establish a friendship with her.
Estelle isn’t the only one celebrating an anniversary this month though. Let’s shift our attention to these attractions:
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith turned 15 this month. Did you know that Disney originally approached U2 about tying in with this attraction? I for one am happy that didn’t work out.
- Over in Epcot, Maelstrom turned 26 years old. While you’re waiting in line, keep your eyes open for a Viking wearing Mickey ears.
- The Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover turned 39 years old this month. Of course, it has had multiple name changes over the years including the WEDway Peoplemover and the Tomorrowland Transit Authority. Did you know Mike Brassell, the current voice of the TTA, is also the voice of Living with the Land at Epcot?
- My two favorite attractions in all of Walt Disney World also celebrated anniversaries this month. The 199-foot tall Twilight Zone Tower of Terror turned 20 years old. The Hollywood Tower Hotel is 199 feet tall because the FAA requires any building over 200 feet tall to have blinking red lights and the Imagineers didn’t want that on their attraction.
- Lastly, my personal favorite Splash Mountain turned 22 years old. Believe it or not, the name came from then-CEO Michael Eisner. He wanted to tie the attraction into the Tom Hanks film Splash. Good thing they didn’t try to theme it after the film.
As you can tell, July is a busy month for attraction anniversaries and birthdays at Walt Disney World. As much as we all love new attractions that are fresh and exciting, it’s nice to have those reliable classics. Sometimes, we just want to spend time with old friends.
This Happy Place Blog has become an old friend. It really is a happy place. Not just for Estelle, but for all of us. Congratulations on three years and here’s to many more!