In light of the closing of the Main Street Electrical Parade, I started to think back on all of the things I miss at Walt Disney World that had to go in the name of change. Even though change often brings great things, it’s still bittersweet to think back on the Disney that was.
To start with something simple, I miss the massive wreaths and garland strung across Main Street during the holidays. As wonderful as it is to travel to Disney over a holiday, I often missed the big get-togethers and parties with all of my cousins at home.
The decorations really helped make a vacation over the holidays feel less like a vacation and more like home. They replaced these with wreaths on brackets to make room for the big floats in the Festival of Fantasy parade, which just so happens to be my favorite.
Toontown– The only memory I have of my first trip to Disney World at 4 years old is seeing Mickey and Minnie’s houses. Later, as a cast member, I was asked where Mickey and Minnie lived all the time. I would have loved to be able to give kids an actual location to go to!
However, the elimination of this area created a new home for classic attractions such as a rethemed Goofy’s Barnstormer and Dumbo the Flying Elephant in Storybook Circus. This of course, freed up space for the Fantasyland expansion that brought us the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Beast’s castle complete with a knockout restaurant, and Ariel’s Grotto.
Paper Fastpass– Don’t get me wrong, now that they’ve worked out the kinks in the Fastpass+ system, I really do like it. But one thing I’ll always miss is the paper Fastpasses. They didn’t allow for the tiered system of today so you could get Fastpasses for all of the major attractions if you arrived early enough!
It was also nice when we changed our plans and gave any unused Fastpasses away to another family. Guests can make magical moments for guests too!
Push!, the Talking Trashcan– growing up in New Orleans, I was lucky enough to have an extra holiday break from school during Mardi Gras. As a result, there weren’t as many children at the parks when my family went during this break one year.
We ran into Push! at Magic Kingdom and he followed me and my cousin around shouting “School Skipper!” Honestly it scared me a little but it has been something we have laughed about every trip since.
Riding in the front of the monorails– I didn’t even believe it when I was told this was a thing! But sure enough, one day we were pulled to the front of the line and were able to ride up front with the Pilot.
It was awesome to have that unobscured view leaving the Contemporary and completing the loop. Unfortunately, due to a series of accidents, Disney has deemed it too dangerous to allow guests to do this anymore.
Backlot Tour– As a child, I wasn’t a big fan of high adrenaline attractions such as Tower of Terror or Rock-n-Roller Coaster or low adrenaline attractions like shows.
Between waiting outside for family to ride the scary rides or sitting in outdoor amphitheaters, I mainly remember being hot and tired at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I liked the Backlot Tour because it was a covered, moving tram great for a nap if nothing else!
Well there you have it, just a few things I miss from Walt Disney World’s recent past. I’d love to hear what you miss most at Walt Disney World or the Disneyland Resort.
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