“Vacation Kingdom at Walt Disney World” is an 8mm reel that was commercially distributed in 1977. While the short 9-minute segment may not hold much interest for your average person, it provides an interesting perspective for Disney fans. We are all familiar with the parks and rides available at the Walt Disney World Resort but this film was intended to promote everything else that was available. It captures a time before EPCOT Center was open and a trip to central Florida revolved around dinner shows, resort recreation, Discovery Island, River Country, and the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village (recently transformed into Disney Springs). A vacation for your beyond-average Disney fan still involves many of these non-park amenities but it is interesting to see that there used to be more to do OUTSIDE of the park than in. Walt Disney World has certainly grown like a young child into a sophisticated adult over the past 40+ years and this film helps us to remember the simpler times. “Vacation Kingdom at Walt Disney World” doesn’t provide the fun imagery of rides inside of the park that you can find from each year’s Vacation Planning DVD but for many Disney fans, this will be a great way to appreciate what once was and what we have now!
Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u1tL9Gr18k
[Pictured: We’re all familiar with the image of the Monorail gliding through the Contemporary but in 1977, this view would have been an epiphany]