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1973 Magic Kingdom from the Skyway – Retro Tour Part 1 of 3

Walt Disney World of 1973 was a very different place than what visitors encounter today. With just two resorts, the Fort Wilderness campgrounds, and a Magic Kingdom that was still growing into itself. There was no Space Mountain or Carousel of Progress in Tomorrowland, no Pirates of the Caribbean in Adventureland, and no Splash Mountain. Of course, there was a lot of great stuff that is now gone too. .

There were also a lot of cast members who worked hard to make the magic. One of them, Daniel Adams, worked on Main Street. He recently shared a large collection photos he snapped from a few days in 1973.

Today we’re going to travel back in time and take a trip across the park via the dear departed Skyway buckets.

We’ll have more of Adams’ photos later this week. In the meantime, if you visited Walt Disney World during its early years, we’d love to hear your stories in the comments.

(photos courtesy Daniel Adams)

8 thoughts on “1973 Magic Kingdom from the Skyway – Retro Tour Part 1 of 3”

  1. I was told by a cast member several years ago that the Skyway had to be taken down because it was either that, or be forced to make the buckets wheel chair accessible, so they chose option A. Has anyone else heard that?

    1. I did a tour in Disneyland and the tour guide said they took down the skyway there because there was no ramps for wheelchairs.

  2. I miss 20,000 Leagues, the Diamond Horseshoe Review, the Mike Fink Keel Boats, the Crocket Canoes, the Magic Shop and the Movie Theater on Main Street. No wonder lines are so long. They keep removing attractions without replacing them. Character meet n’ greats are not attractions!

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