The Orlando Sentinel from Orlando, Florida on October 2, 1971 · Page 4
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1 A " isr COrlatibrr Sritlttirt Road Crush amily Lives Dream Saturday, Oct. 2, 1971 first I r V7 v v -- DISNEY'S MOST FAMOUS STAR WAVES TO FANS ... Mickey, and his friends, were popular with first-day guests It's A Tropical Serenade Sunshine Pavilion Draws Rush For Orange Slush Agriculture Writer It's a subdued soft sell for those Jwho want ' to get advertising messages across to the crowds visiting Walt Disney World;' " .V.y J "And the hottest item - in the soft sell line, with Friday's opening day Jcrowds was- orange slush, which people in the Florida citrus industry know as soft frozen orange juice. rl FIRST ARRIVALS at the Sunshine - ;Tree Terrace,' where Florida Citrus growers have a chance to display Jt h e 1 r products, asked for the t traditional orange juice. "But an, hour later, visitors had ilearned "orange slush" was avail-able. The girls under the Florida fSunshine Tree were serving the: riluffy, frozen orange juice dessert pick-me-up at a furious pace. Tables Filled , Tables under bright orange and gVeen umbrellas on a plaza in front o the Sunshine Tree were filled with 'people eating soft frozen orange juice. ! THE SUNSHINE Pavilion is a Polynesian ' style hall housing the -Tropical Serenade show, singing and talking birds, music, magical water, singing flowers well go see it. It ,is sponsored by growers through the Florida Department of Citrus. In return for this sponsorship, a -passing mention of citrus growers is made in the show's introduction. And that is all any other sponsors get if connected with shows just, a -'mention. But the Sunshine Pavilion is arranged so Tropical Serenade visitors will exit onto Sunshine Tree Terrace. That's where Orange Bird sits in the Sunshine Tree, thinking orange thoughts, and the pretty girls serve orange slush. ' ALSO AVAILABLE' are orange and grapefruit juice, frozen orange ' juice bar, tangerine cheesecake, citrus tart, crepes ambrosia and citrus salad. From time to time the citrus department plans to use the r-terrace serving area to test other ; products. Pick-Mc-Lp Visitors going to and from several '-other Adventureland and Frontier-Hand attractions pass by Sunshine 'Tree Terrace. They see poeple teating orange slush and decide it's time for a pick-me-up. That keeps the girls hopping. t .Other nearby attractions include the Jungle Cruise, Swiss Family Island Treehduse and Grizzly Hall, where Pepsi-Cola and Frito-Lay get their names on the curtain and sponsorship mention for the Country Bear Jamboree. THE BEARS USE the plaza in front of Sunshine Tree Terrace to attract a crowd for the next show. Even signs on shops such as Plaza Ice Cream Parlor (Borden's), Refreshment Corner (Coca-Cola), Main Street Market House (Smuck-ers and Dixie Crystals), Main Street Bakery (Sara Lee), and New Century Clock Shop (Elgin-Helbros) are not easy-to spot. Avoid Intruding The impression is that .tjie commercial sponsors or those .who have secured top space are trying as hard as possible to avoid intruding on the big show and the reason visitors come entertainment. BUT WHEN children grownups too take their first spoonsful of "orange slush" and giggle with delight or exclaim, ;"This Is great; you've got to try some," then it's hard to keep up the soft sell approach with soft frozen orange juice. , . : The' paVillion housing the Tropical Serenade, the Sunshine Tree Terrace and the Florida Citrus Reception Room will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Wednesday by Gov. Reubin Askew and Anita Bryant, the citrus industry's singing advertising spokesman. Charles Gunter, official host for citrus growers in the reception room and general supervisor or citrus product use in numerous eating placesj said everything is ready for the dedication except for a small citrus grove. Closc-Up View It is to be planted as some other landscaping is completed, and visitors awaiting the next Tropical Serenade performance will get a chance for a close-up view of citrus trees and fruits. Even with a soft-sell approach, sponsors have opportunities to make sure visitors are exposed to their products, particularly if they are foods, as with citrus. For instance, the Town Square Cafe, one of the larger eating places and sponsored by Oscar Mayer, features orange and grapefruit sections as the top item on its breakfast menu plus other citrus items. V 1 itu 'emt fcri-imimiiij NOBUIIIRO OTA . . . 'Me Mickey Mouse Just Light 'Squeeze' By ANDY WILLIAMS SentlM Stiff The Walt Disney World traffic crush never materialized Friday, but it did provide authorities with a dress rehearsal for heavier crowds expected today and Sunday. ' Except for a minor traffic jam early Friday caused by some Disney World customers taking the employe entrance -to the entertainment complex, things moved smoothly. THERE WERE probably more people watching over , the situation than there were involved in it, laughed George Holder, alternate routes engineer for the Department of Transportation. v Holder was referring to the numerous Transportation department maintenance crews standing by with 4,000 traffic cones to reroute traffic if necessary, 20 additional Florida Highway patrolmen temporarily assigned to this area and two National Guard helicopters on standby for the patrol if needed. None were.' However, Al Davis, transportation department district engineer, said, "Frankly, I anticipate more of a problem Saturday and Sunday." SGT. JIM Humphries, Florida Highway Patrol safety officer, commented, "Let's face it, most people are staying home and working today. We're keeping the extra 20 men on through the weekend." Troopers were stationed Friday at what is expected to be the worst trouble-spot, Interstate 4 and U.S. 192, the main entrance to the theme park. Confusion reigned briefly on 1-4 in the pre-dawn darkness Friday. The more than 6,000 Disney- World employes reporting for duty in staggered shifts beginning at 4 a.m. used a separate entrance several miles north of the U.S. 192 gateway. BUT MANY early arrivals followed the employes only to be politely turned back by' security people. ' -Because of the mix-up, traffic was backed up several miles on 1-4, but cleared quickly after daylight. Aid Station Ghristened' By Nosebleed Walt Disney World's first guest casualty Friday morning was a minor one, an eight-year-old boy who develop a nose bleed near Liberty Square. Brooks Sells of Cooksville, Tenn., was treated at the main first aid station near the Crystal Palace. BROOKS LAY in bed for a while, then demanded to get up because he was missing some rides. " ' "He wants to go on the sky ride," said his father, Jack Sells. Brooks was soon up again, and his father had high praise for Disney officials. "We were surrounded by them immediately when it happened," said Sells. "And they cleaned up everything right afterwards." THERE WERE a few employes and employe families at the 24-bed main first aid station Friday, but only a scattering of guests had to use the facility. There are two other first aid stations at the park. Dr. Thomas B. Thames, medical director, said past experience indicated the aid station would be used for a variety of mostly minor ailments. People fainting in the heat, for example. And upset stomachs. And blisters. Dr. Thames said, however, the clinic was prepared for any type of emergency. Reaction Same From All: From Japan, Canada, Argentina or Florida, the reaction to Walt Disney World was the same although the superlatives may have been different. "Utterly fantastic ... fabulous . . ; wonderful . . . much more than I expected . . ." were typical expressions from first-day visitors. "ME JAPANESE Mickey Mouse," was about the best English from . Nobuhiro Ota, 28, president of a large hotel corporation in Shiguoka, Japan, as he donned the black cap with the big ears. But the expressions, the animations and the nodding of heads told From Pajs'e 1 When the Windsors were named the first family, some startled photographers thought they were seeing Nicklaus. So did some tourists. Repeatedly, asked if he were ever mistaken for the golfer, Windsor said: "ALL THE time. It happens all the time." He added he does not play golf. The Windsors toured numerous IP !? - Vv MR. WINDSOR, JAY . . . 'Not just for myself I WUjhtmt 'Cinderella9 'mis To Win Castle By RALPH PUGH SentiMl StiH "Cinderella" showed up at Walt Disney World Friday but no one believed her. She demanded that security guards allow her to return to her castle inside the park. She was rushed off to jail instead. Orange County sheriff's deputies said the 31-year-old woman fought them "all the way into town." Later, after extensive questioning, she was transferred to Florida Hospital. "We dreaded the fight. We had to tell her the patrol car was a pumpkin to get her to go," one policeman said. , If the shoe fits? "We're in trouble," he added. Pennies Saved Transport Youth To A Magic World . It was a zippity-doo-dah day for 12-year-old Tom Morris of Newport Beach, Calif., Friday. He had a wonderful feeling as everything was going his way. ' The lad, a seventh grader with a paper route, said he saved his pennies for six months to spend opening day at Walt Disney World, and by Jiminy (Cricket) he made it. : "I JUST thought it would, be nea to come here," explained the happy youngster who surprised Disney officials with his' presence. Although unexpected, he was gjv: en the VIP treatment. ' ': "Yes, I'm glad I came. My parents - you Disney World is 'great. "I've never seen anything like it anywhere," said Nobuyuki Masaki, a Japanese newspaper photographer. Hugo A. Perez Campos, a photographer for Siete Dias II- -Iustrados "Seven Days Illustrated" of Buenos Aires, spoke English well enough to let you know it was. more than he anticipated. MR. AND MRS. DENNIS Shana-han of Windsor, Ontario, timed their vacation to be present for the opening day. "Utterly fantastic, especially the Mickey Mouse Revue," said Mrs. Shanahan. attractions. They took a ride aboard a steam -po wered train, which whistled and blew puffy clouds of smoke into the air as it carried them around the Magic Kingdom. Surrounded by a press party, the Windsors rode on a small red fire engine, No. 71. They toured the Haunted Mansion, the Hall of Presidents, and Small World. RIDING ON the merry-go-round Jay sat on a white horse. His father sat behind him. Jay asked if he could ride the "Pigs." He meant "Dumbo the Flying Elephant." He rode it later in the day. When the Windsors arrived at Cinderella's Castle, they were greeted by numerous Disney characters. Jay and Lee waved pennants, clutched balloons and danced up and down as they were serenaded by a band playing a medley of Disney songs. One of the songs, appropriately, was "When You Wish Upon a Star." WINDSOR SEEMED to enjoy the dancing characters, and the band, and the rides, as much as his two sons. He kept pointing out things to Jay. "See that over there, Jaybird. Look at that." Jay looked. Jay remained silent most of the day. His first vocal reaction to what was happening was to point at the; monorail after a ride and say "Train." Lee fell asleep in the stroller before lunch, but woke up when someone gave him a red balloon. gave me permission," he said, , anxious to tear off to see the sights and do the rides in Fantasyland. Tom flew in from California by himself for one precious day at Disney World. It was also his first plane flight, he said. THE YOUTH said he saved $260 from his paper route for the round-trip. For the wonderful day, he was wearing a bright smile, brown pants, a purple T-shirt and, of course, a Mickey Mouse wrist watch. A camera never left his hands. What inspired his adventure? "I've been to Disneyland 19 times," he' said, repeating, "and I just thought it would be neat," 4 Just Great' Mr. and Mrs. Colin Brown live in Kingsville, Ontario, not far from'' Windsor, but they didn't know the ' Shanahans. They were in Tampa visiting Brown's mother, Mrs. Helen Ellwood, and were at the gates by 8 a.m. Friday, "FANTASTIC," said Mrs. Brown, "we'll ; bring - the children next spring,',' . ; . . . , ."I'm falling In love with it," said Mrs. Ellwood. By noon, Gary and Linda Porter of Atlanta had used up all their tickets and film and were riding the horse car to the Main Street station to get more. "That's all it rakes," said Mrs. Windsor. The Windsors stayed overnight at the attraction. They were given a large key. They also received a lifetime gold pass. Disney officals say Windsor will receive $9.50 in refund money for the two ticket books he bought before a dream came true for his family. "I don't care," said Windsor, grinning and looking like Jack Nicklaus again. "If they don't refund mv monev. I won't care." I!' row- -m 4 4-r 1 ZKf ?, . MRS. WINDSOR, LEE . . . 'Can't believe it' Quiet Street Hides Busy Underground By BRUCE DUDLEY ' ; Sentlnol Staff The streets of Walt Disney World were nearly deserted Friday morning when the sun rose on the Magic Kingdom's opening day. Workers could be seen scurrying about, painting the Main Street U. S. A. ice cream parlor, installing water fountains, fogging for insects and tuning the motors of the submarine fleet. But it was a deceptive quiet. . THE REAL activity the hustle and bustle of thousands of workers getting ready for a spectacular day was out of sight, hidden in the cavernous, eight-acre basement which! runs underneath the theme park. : There, was plenty to be done. Electricians busied themselves checking the tapes which provide the sounds for the birds who sing along the , jungle trail ride. . The sound effects had been checked and rechecked. But they were checked one last time before the-opening. DASHING, back and forth! among the electricians were the tour guides, the a?wrs and the ride operators. They arrived at the basement by trams, dashed for changing rooms, then scurried to the proper tunnel-called a utilador by Disney officials to get to, their posts. For the guides and the young men and women Who . dress as Mickey Mouse' and Pluto, it was the start of a big 'day. They had butterflies in their stomachs, but big smiles on their faces, ; FINALLY, THE word went out. The , gates would be opened two hours early, admitting the first of the expected 10-12 million visitors a year. , , The girls smoothed their skirts, the men adjustfd their ties. , And Walt Disney World opened ! CretlU Where Credit's Due Sentinel Photographers covering the opening of Walt Disney World included: Richard Williams, Tom Netsel, Ray Powell, Ron Franklin, Eric Roscland, Ffank; Russell and Andy Hick-,rnan: v'-; ."'',' : Coverage also was assisted by Larry Caccy of Ace Auto and Air Conditioning, and . Central Florida Airways Inc., both used motorcycle and helicopter in film shuttle service.

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