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    1973 Engergy Crisis

    Need somebody to help out a bit...

    Talking to a co-worker today, she said that in the early 70s (figured it was 1973), she tried taking her kids to WDW, but when she got there, they had signs saying the park was closed due to Nixon ordering its closure, until further notice. So they turned around and went home.

    This struck me as odd since the first full closure wasn't until 1999.

    So, what was this closure she spoke of? Were they merely opening late on some days due to the energy crisis?
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    Re: 1973 Engergy Crisis

    Never heard of that... the only connections with energy crises I know of was that Epcot was applauded for the scale it was built on and the detail it was built with at a time when it was so expensive to build.
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    Re: 1973 Engergy Crisis

    I do know, at the time, the hotels were filled with a lot of vacancies, many area hotels and motels had to close, and the Asia Resort got tossed.
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    Re: 1973 Engergy Crisis

    /\ What they said, never heard of it being closed down. But of course if she asked a CM, we know how good they are with answers for things (Everest is only open on Weekends and such).

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    Re: 1973 Engergy Crisis

    Quote Originally Posted by FrumiousBoojum
    Need somebody to help out a bit...

    Talking to a co-worker today, she said that in the early 70s (figured it was 1973), she tried taking her kids to WDW, but when she got there, they had signs saying the park was closed due to Nixon ordering its closure, until further notice. So they turned around and went home.

    This struck me as odd since the first full closure wasn't until 1999.

    So, what was this closure she spoke of? Were they merely opening late on some days due to the energy crisis?
    That is incorrect info. As far as I know... No President has ever ordered WDW to be closed, ever. Although some areas of WDW have been closed off when Presidents decide to stop by for speeches and the like.

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    Re: 1973 Engergy Crisis

    WDW never closed a theme park for even a day until Hurricane Floyd threatened the area, but never hit in 1999.

    Since then, there have been closings due to 9/11 and hurricanes in both 2004 and 2005.

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    Re: 1973 Engergy Crisis

    Well, looks like I was correct... just wanted to double check.

    To tell you the truth, she's not very bright, either...
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    Re: 1973 Engergy Crisis

    You might want to tell her that Ford was president in '73, not Nixon.

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    Re: 1973 Engergy Crisis

    Quote Originally Posted by SpectroMan
    You might want to tell her that Ford was president in '73, not Nixon.
    ohhh... FACE!!!!

    I've heard that before, it's just "Nixion is the Boogie man" talk.

    He was the first one to ride the mattehorn and the Monorail though, wasn't he? or one of the first anyway.
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    Re: 1973 Engergy Crisis

    Quote Originally Posted by SpectroMan
    You might want to tell her that Ford was president in '73, not Nixon.
    Really?
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    Re: 1973 Engergy Crisis

    Quote Originally Posted by SpectroMan
    You might want to tell her that Ford was president in '73, not Nixon.

    ooohhh... I would have loved for you to be right, but Nixon was president in 1973 http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/
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    Re: 1973 Engergy Crisis

    OMG I am pathetic

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    Re: 1973 Engergy Crisis

    Well... she called her cousin, who was with her on that trip. Well, apparently, she was wrong about it closing because of saving electric. Now, she says he said it was closed on Sundays due to gas conservation.

    Does this sound right for the time?
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    Re: 1973 Engergy Crisis

    yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee... NO :P

    Disneyland however, way way way back when it first opened (i'm about 80% sure about this so please correct me if I'm wrong) used to close one day a week....
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    Re: 1973 Engergy Crisis

    off subject but Nixon gave his "I'm not a crook" speech at the Contemporary Resort.




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