The Orlando Sentinel from Orlando, Florida on October 2, 1971 · Page 6
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Saturday, October 2, 1971
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(fll'ltmlm frftttilttl Saturday, Oct. 2, 1971 1 6 A Kids Didn't Mean To Play But Naturally... Hooky, By JUDY HUGGINS Stntlntl SUM Unlike many of his tromping, dazzled compatriots, Eddie Scent never .meant to play hooky from Herbert Hoover Junior High in Indialantic Friday. But at noon there he was at Walt Disney World, fresh from the "penny arcade where we spent lots of money" and aimed for Adventureland's Jungle Cruise. IT WAS A kind of Huck Finn 1 ' P" ' J NELSON . rf . -' 4- I i"v fc just I like I j rides' I ,.. 1 1; t s Main Street Recollects Era Of 'Good Days' By ANN KILLIANY lentlml Stiff It's a trip to another era, to the "good old days." And it attracted youngsters of all ages Friday including some who should have been in school. It's Main Street USA at Walt Disney World. TROLLEY CARS drawn by Clydes dale horses provide the transportation down Main Street, which is similar to its cousin in Disneyland, although "Florida's is much better," according to one visitor. Every detail of the shops is exact, and costumes on the policemen on Main Street fit their stolid forms as authentically as in 1890. It is the first real view of Walt Disney World and the detail of the buildings and costumes has obviously been carefully researched. Songs by a barbershop quartet is the first entertainment on Main Street. The quartet consists of Jerry Siggins, Dick Kneeland, Bob Ma-this and Bud Thomas, all imported from California. Oldest member, Thomas, has been with Disney the longest. They now make their homes here. ANOTHER EARLY bit of Americana is provided by a piano built into a large white tricycle. It is played by Randy Morris, another California import. Main Street is lined with many shops, some finished, some not. At the end of Main Street is Cinderella's Castle, where a first class show is performed by local talent dressed in Disney costumes. They were dancing as energetically during the third performance as the first. Reason is air-conditioned suits which enable them to perform in as much comfort as is technically possible. To the left of Cinderella's Castle is Liberty Square, as Colonial American as Williamsburg. AND IT, TOO, is lined with shops, some finished, some still being worked on. But Liberty Square also has a haunted house which really appears to be. It's all done with mirrors. The Hall of Presidents is an exhibit of life-like figures which ap-. pear so human it is hard to believe they are computer-controlled. A brilliantly costumed Drum and Fife Corps marches around the square. Again the costumes throughout the area are authentic in every detail. The visitor is in another era the minute he crosses the bridge. Consensus of those contacted in both Main Street and Liberty Square is that a trip to Walt Disney World j- -.-'ell wn- h taking. thing. Uncharted adventure. Eddie, 12, simply dropped in to see his friends Ray and Roy Coyle before catching the bus to class and the temptation became too great. "I think it's pretty neat," Eddie allowed. "The haunted house is best. Everything looks so real," he said, admitting he was scared "A little." The Haunted Mansion, brooding alone and faded beyond the scrubbed cheeriness of Liberty Square, appeared a top choice for children who although outnumbered by adults on Disney World's opening day-squirmed out of classroom commitments for the occasion. KIDS CALL it "haunted house" and "spookhouse," and they love every squeamish second of the 20-minute attraction. "It's .great, it really is," chimed in Ray, who with his twin, Roy, put in good words for the Frontierland Shootin' Gallery. Larry Bogaert, 17, comes from San Diego though he is spending the semester with his aunt, Mrs. Lois Rouzer, and her family in Winter Park. Larry owns eight shares of Disney stock, bought from paper route money. He subscribed to the Orlando Sentinel for several years for Disney World news. 171! I l si I fi i r I rj . p 1 vssss&g'i fcEif ....... ALL ABOARD! VISITORS HEAD DOWN MAIN STREET, U.S.A., IN OPEN-AIR CARRIAGE ... Destination Cinderella's Castle, rising IS stories above Magic Kingdom Anybody For Golf? Disney Your Dreamy Has Courses Ready To Play You don't have to stay to play. Both Walt Disney World golf courses are ready for play and open to the public. Jack Lindquist, Disney World marketing director, said Friday, "This might be a good time for the public to come out and play the courses since the hotels aren't in full swing yet." THE COURSES, sculptured by golf course architect Joe Lee out of the Central Florida wilderness, are the Palm and the Magnolia. Both play at about 6,900 yards for regular play but can be stretched out to 7,200 yards for tournaments. Lindquist said greens fees are $10 with mandatory electric carts at $5. "Just call Disney World at 824-2222 and ask for the pro shop," said Lindquist. "Golf pro Bubber Johnson will give starting times both for the Palm course and the Magnolia." Sandy Quinn, assistant marketing director, said guests will get preferred treatment when the hotels go into full operation. "WE HAVE TO accommodate the hotel guests first," said Quinn. "We won't know until we 'get a little experience as a yardstick on the golf courses. If we can, we will have starting times for the public, but the hotel guests come first." The Magnolia Course was christened early Friday morning. Promptly at 8 a.m., the first foursome teed off. The Magnolia ROBERT i GEDICKS . . .'Only two kids .. 1 know I'm here' "OH, TO ME it's just the vacation center of the world!" he said to the delight of his young cousin, David. "It's a shame the man who created it all isn't here." Words aren't always necessary to convey the awe. Joy Webster from Hialeah will be 2 years old Christmas Day. Hoisting herself up and down in her green stroller, pointing, coohering and staring, she doesn't have to explain. "Oh, Mickey Mouse!" Joy v. ri" also will be the home of the $150,000 Walt Disney World Open Dec. 2-5. Sam Hamel, who designed the electrical energy plant for Walt Disney World, played with Chuck Myall, Don Edgren and Fred Hope, all Disney employes. Hamel was the only member of the foursome to par the first hole, a par 5. Governor To Attend Disney Flag-Raising By D. G. LAWRENCE Sentititi Ttllihamt Buriau TALLAHASSEE - Gov. Reubin Askew wilt be at Walt Disney World bunaay ana Wednesday, but children will have to hold their tience for a while. his pa- The governor and Mrs. Askew will visit the Magic Kingdom Sunday at 10 a.m. for an official raising of the state flag in Liberty Square, then take a brief tour of the grounds. They wijl go to Miami later for the Governor's Day at the Dolphins-Jets game at the Orange Bowl. He will return to Disney World Wednesday for the 8:30 a.m. dedication of the citrus industry's sunshine pavilion. "The children will get their chance," Askew said of Angela, 10, and Kevin, 8. "We will take them to the grand opening later in the month." 1. -a F ' ;j N 1 j& s y . ... 1 it" ft BARBARA f SCHULTZ O . . .'I f liked , singing I birds' cried but the personable rodent was nowhere in sight. "IF SHE SEES Mickey Mouse, she'll go b e r s e r k," confided her "mother, Jackie. "She's been telling me about him for months." Then there was the youn.g girl who picked up the beat of a crackling drum and bugle corps and trailed after the retiring Colonial unit in a march stride. A lot of the explanation was left to parents whose offspring turned suddenly shy. Yesteryear Now Reality Remember those childhood daydreams living in a treehouse with the Swiss Family Robinson, exploring darkest Africa, canoeing with Davy Crockett, keelboating with Mike Fink? They all came alive Friday at Walt Disney World in Adventure-land and Frontierland. IN ADVENTURELAND, you can climb the 60 feet to the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse and stare down at the Crocodile-infested water below. You can cruise down the river through primitive lands, listen to a playful elephant sing under a waterfall, challenge a snarling tiger and explore ancient temples. Then take a short walk and enter Frontierland and stroll among the cowhands and Indians of 100 years ago. DON A coonskin hat and ride Davy Crockett's cane or Mike Fink's keelboat. You'll ride past Tom Sawyer's island, past the trapper's burning cabin, past the camp of the buffalo hunters.' But the big attraction Friday particularly for the smaller fry was the Country Bear Jamboree. It's a band of bears making the finest country music ever played by bears. It is true Disney. 1 i4 - s ii 4 "It's great. There's so much to see," said Barbara Schultz, St. Petersburg housewife who got In the attraction with her husband and twin daughters on 1959 Disneyland tickets, which were honored by Disney World personnel. "When we get home it won't look so good," she added. "I LIKE THE birds," chirped Barbara (Jr.), one of the identical clad twins. "They're singing, and then this fountain went shoooooosh." Her eyes snap wide and her hands recreate what must have been an impressive cascade. The family had just emerged from Sunshine Tree Terrace. Parents, in fact, won't take a backseat to their children. Gerald Nelson, 9, Upper M a r 1 b o ro , Md., grinned sheepishly from a cold drink: "I like it. I don't know why I just like the rides." HIS MOTHER, Mrs. Geral-dine Nelson: "Yes, indeed, it's worth it! We stayed a day over and we wouldn't have missed it for the world. It's more expense in every way but it's well worth it." Rob Gedicks, 9, freckles splashed over his face: "Yes, I'm supposed to be in school. Only two kids know I went to Disney World. I'm gonna ride Fantasyland Just That, Tomonwland 'Coming' By JEAN YOTHERS Santlntl Staff Fantasyland is fascinating. Tomorrowland promises to be. Come see. Eeeeeeeeek! Bats fly. Open-jawed crocodiles are just a snap away. Ravens screech. Owls hoot. Witches with warts on their noses cackle like something straight out of Halloween. VISITORS ARE in Fantasyland in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, taking a 2 y2 -minute trip through the Seven Dwarf's diamond mines in "Snow White's Adventure," and it's dark and spooky. And fun. At the end of the realistic ride, twisting and turning in little cars through cobwebs and skeletons, a wicked witch cackles, "Enjoy your trip, dearie?" Dearie did Friday at the opening of Walt Disney World. The populace flocked to be scared at "Snow White's Adventure" in Fantasyland, the happiest land of all the kingdom. VISITORS MERRILY rode Cinderella's Golden Carousel, centerpiece of a medieval courtyard in Fantasyland. Built in 1917 and redesigned by Disney "Imagineers," the carousel is a thing of beauty with its 90 galloping, hand-carved white horses. It was made in Germantown, Pa., during the golden age of carousel making and was acquired by Disney in 1969 after a 39-year reign at the Olympic Park In Maplewood, N.J. In Fantasyland, the Mickey Mouse Revue was another crowd pleaser on opening day. A half-hour tale tracing the history of Mickey from 1928, it is a cartoon delight, bringing 86 of Walt Disney's famous characters Into a musical concert of memorable Disney songs. FOR ANOTHER adventure, young and old alike chose an aerial 1 journey with Dumbo, the Flying Elephant. Peter Pan wasn't flying Friday. The Peter Pan Flight to Never Land a three-minute trip, was grounded. "When it flies," explained a tour guide, "your ship goes up in 1 r -. d J MR. AND MRS. J. O. BICK, ILLINOIS, TAKE JUNGLE CRUISE . Lifelike lion family "watches" from cave the submarin3 and at night I'm goin,g to the haunted house." Albert Gedicks, Winter Park, Rob's dad: "We got here about 6:30 a.m. We weren't the first family but we were right behind them . . . I'll take the blame for playing hooky." The younger children were not the only ones Impressed. Jan Robinson, 14, Colonial High School, also was playing hooky with her father's blessing. "Everything was great" and she'll get the word to classmates Monday. EDDIE SCENT think It's pretty neat i - t . i i 5 the air. The highest point it reaches is 16 feet above ground." Tomorrowland never came for the , opening but It's just a high-ho, I high-ho away. , Construction crews are still whis- j tling while they work In this j fascinating section of the 100-acre ! theme park and Tomorrowland was available only as a walk-through area. "BUT WHEN it opens, it will be out of sight," volunteered a workman proudly. Meanwhile, visitors are able to view th site by looking from the overhead Skyway, a thrilling sky-high journey in little gondolas carrying passengers from Fantasy-land to Tomorrowland, the only conveyance of its kind to make a 40 degree angle turn, according to a tour guide. What does the future Tomorrowland hold? For racirfg enthusiasts, Tomorrowland holds a Grand Prix Raceway with an exciting rally course. The Grand Prix Raceway with its colorful little racers is a phase of Tomorrowland already close to the finish line. The sponsor is Goodyear. FLIGHT TO the Moon is just a gossamer wing away also. This way-out journey aboard a silvery; space ship is expected to be completed in the next few months. ! Everything will be extra spacey in Tomorrowland. For hungry spacemen, there will be the lunching pad and Tomorrowland Terrace for "fast food service." There will also be an entirely new propulsion system for travel aboard a futuristic, moveable sidewalk called "People-Mover." Still another spectacular featur of Tomorrowland attractions will be "America the Beautiful," described as a jet-speed visual trip across America in a circle-vision 360 degree motion picture theater surrounding the audience with scenic wonders. Its sponsor is Monsanto. --.. 1 V 4 v. z.

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