As promised last week - and i'm a little bit late, sorry! - here is fantastic pictures of WDW Magic Kingdom shot in 1971, after the park opened. It's very rare to find good shots - or, simply, photos - of the Magic Kingdom after its opening and i'm sure you will enjoy these great b&w pictures!
Let's start as usual by 1971 guests walking in Main Street U.S.A, towards the castle .
Two interesting things to note in all the pictures: first, you'll see that in any lands there is not a lot of people. Now it would be unthinkable to have such few people in the Magic Kingdom but in fact, just like any others Disney parks, it took some years for WDW Magic Kingdom to have the attendance that they have now.
And, two, also note how the people are dressed, only with this we can feel how this era is now far from us.
Arriving at the castle...
Liberty Square in 1971!
Walking towards the Haunted Mansion...
Liberty Square River Boat sailing on Frontierland river...
In Frontierland, a meet and greet with the bear character from Song of the South, which will be later one of the main character of Splash mountain.
The Davy Crockett Canoes!
Let's move to Fantasyland! Again, note how there is a few people only in the land.
The Fantasyland shot above was probably shot from the skyway that we can see on the pictures below.
Sorry, unfortunately no pics of Tomorrowland. However i have a few more with this one of guests on their way back to WDW Monorail...
...and this great one of the Contemporary Resort...
...and this last one showing guests in the small boats of Seven Seas Lagoon. But i don't know what are the buildings sin the background, does someone know? Is it the Polynesian Resort?
Now, would you like to see color pictures, shot a decade later? Of course you want! So, come back in a few days for the third part of the article!
Pictures: copyright State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/