Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Rare 1971 Walt Disney World Aerial Pics

You know how i like to find for you some rare pictures you've never seen anywhere else, don't you? Last week i've posted these never seen before pictures of Walt Disney's 1965 WDW press announcement, and today i have for you rare - and probably also never seen before - aerial pictures of Walt Disney World shot in 1971, just after its opening - so these pics were shot more than 40 years ago!

Let's begin by the picture below which shows a swamp and lake on WDW Property.
The funny thing is that it almost looks like a hidden Mickey...

The next one shows the transportation center and in the background the Contemporary Resort and the Magic Kingdom.

Another view of the Transportation center and the Contemporary Resort but this one is also showing Seven Seas Lagoon and Discovery Island on the right.

On the left, an aerial view of the Polynesian Resort.

On its way to the Magic Kingdom, the WDW Monorail!

Another view of the Contemporary Resort and Seven Seas Lagoon.

Seven Seas Lagoon and the Magic Kingdom, on the right of the picture.

Flying over the Magic Kingdom, freshly opened.

A great view of Cinderella Castle with Fantasyland, and in the back, Main street and Seven Seas lagoon.

And what about seeing the Magic Kingdom from the ground with also 1971 pics, you ask? Good news, as i've also found these for you. Come back tomorrow, we will land, and you'll see how it looked inside the Magic Kingdom just after its opening!

Pictures: copyright State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,


steve2wdw said...

Awesome post today....these aerial pictures made my day!

Marco Antonio Garcia said...

Very nice pictures, thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for posting these!

Anonymous said...

Great -- thanks :)

DS said...

HA! I was there in August 1971. I put hours on the Autopia cars back by the water treatment plant area until the ride I was hired for, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, was ready for us to test the "subs." A great time was had by all!

Unknown said...

Can anyone tell me if originally there was a large tree in front of the castle and if so does any one have a picture of it?

Unknown said...

h,i im only unknown,fan to walt disney company for now