Monday, February 16, 2015

A Day at the Magic Kingdom - 5 stars out of 10

A Day at The Magic Kingdom - 5 stars out of 10

This souvenir video from 1991 captures an interesting chapter in Magic Kingdom history.  Its look at the park contains most of the original iterations of each classic ride (except for Splash Mountain, which had not yet been built).  The nostalgia kicks in because it predates the updating and retheming of rides like the Astro Orbiters, The Enchanted Tiki Room, and Mickey’s Starland, giving us an authentic look at the Magic Kingdom of our childhoods.  Whether you had the opportunity to visit Disney during this era or are just watching this to see what it was like, there is something special about getting to see 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the Skyway, and other rides that no longer exist.  One of the most surprising things about this video is the number of rides that were left out (Mr. Toad, Mission to Mars, Snow White’s Scary Adventure).  There are a few quirks to this video, such as the absence of real Disney ride audio in lieu of hastily dubbed impersonations of Peter Pan, The Haunted Mansion, The Jungle Cruise, and It’s A Small World.  The video follows a family on their trip around the park to loosely tie the footage together, but all of their voices were obviously added in post-production.  While “A Day at The Magic Kingdom” has its quirks, it provides an interesting look back at the Magic Kingdom before it started catering to the next generation.

[Pictured: The old Star Jets were updated when they no longer looked futuristic]

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