Last week, we ran some great vintage Walt Disney World photos from Trevor Clor. You all liked them so much that I’ve got even more for you this week! These photos were taken by Trevor’s grandparents, Robert and Corliss Marowske, and are dated February 1972 (though, that’s just the date the film was processed). The first photo does show some Christmas decorations on City Hall, so that gives us a pretty good clue as to the season – these photos were very likely from December of 1971. You can see the previous article here.
We’ve got some Christmas decorations up at City Hall! The clock reads 3:35, so I would assume that the three o’clock parade has finished and the crowd is starting to disperse. So, let’s head down Main Street.
It’s a busy Main Street! You can still see the trees that used to line the shops. Notice the signage over Casey’s Corner? Oh, wait, it was called Refreshment Corner (Coke Corner) until 1995.
We’re getting late in the afternoon. The lights are coming on and you can see the difference that the trees make in the feel of Main Street and the Hub.
What different view of the forecourt! Notice how visible the Fantasyland buildings are behind the Castle?
As we head into Adventureland, let’s take a look at that lady’s hair.
The growth of the foliage around the Treehouse is pretty amazing after 40 years. Of course, it’s an almost great shot of the trash can, too.
What a superb shot! Obviously, the photographer was framing the castle, but I love the glimpse of the second story of Adventureland.
We’ve got a few shots of the Jungle Cruise. A few things have changed and not just the growth of the jungle.
Those gorillas are still working on turning over that jeep!
It’s okay; they’re all wearing their trunks.
Such a great perspective from the Skyway. You don’t see photos from this angle very often. You can see the Enchanted Tiki Room in the back. If you look towards the top left, you get a sense of the town atmosphere created by the rooflines in Liberty Square and Frontierland.
Also, the Columbia Harbour House didn’t open until 1972. There’s no signage on the building (even today, there are only a menu plaque by the door and a rooster sign that signifis the restaurant), so I wonder if this photo pre-dates the February 1972 mark or the signage was late. Dave Smith’s excellent Disney Encyclopedia lists the restaurant opening on October 1, 1971, but we know it didn’t open until 1972.
I could look at Skyway photos all day. The triangular planters are fantastic. The building in the lower-right corner was a camera-related store in the late 1980s, selling film and other film-related needs. According to a few early GAF Guides, it was a ticket booth. Anyone know for sure?
A great shot of 20,000 Leagues. You can see the show building and the monorail beam to the roundhouse in the background.
The Contemporary Resort parking lot is pretty full!
Tomorrowland is looking a little bleak in this photo! At least you can see the end of the area. When Space Mountain was built, there was a great little waiting area for people that weren’t quite interested in Space Mountain.
What a fantastic photo from the Frontierland side of the Rivers of America. Tom Sawyer Island is still just a dream. You can see the uncovered queue of the Haunted Mansion. It truly looks like the spooky house on the hill. Notice the entry to the Mansion actually looks like a mausoleum? It’s a view you can’t see today. It’s also a great shot of the riverboat and the dock.
What did you notice about the changes over the past 40 years? Are they changes for the better or worse?
Again, a special thanks to Trevor Clor for submitting these fantastic photos from his grandparents, Robert and Corliss Marowske.
Do you have any older Walt Disney World photos or video you’d like to share? If so, please email [email protected] and I’ll be happy to feature them in a future article.
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