The Orlando Sentinel from Orlando, Florida on September 26, 1971 · Page 16
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The Orlando Sentinel from Orlando, Florida · Page 16

Orlando, Florida
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Sunday, September 26, 1971
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m ( A rlattba &f nfltttl Sunday, Sept. 26, 1971 Day's Visit To Disney World: . v.'..-.-' 'A ' "T JV- ,.- Tag About $30 amuy rnce J r v r.t V ilj Kt K r ; x v J' 4 V -wf"T CINDERELLA'S CASTLE STANDS AT END OF MAIN STREET AT WALT DISNEY WORLD . . . Golden turrets and high spires soar 18 stories above park Magic Day For Disney's 'First Family From Page 1 presidents. The First Family will be greeted by none other than Mickey Mouse himself, the 40-year-old cartoon character created by Walt Disney, and pretty Debbie Dane, Disney's world-touring ambassador. AFTER THE First Family is officially recognized in a brief ceremony inside the turnstiles, the other gates will be opened to the crowd. The day will only be beginning for the First Family. They will take the up-front seats in the nose of the first monorail run from the 12,000-car parking lot to the theme park entrance. ZIPPING AT speeds up to 40 miles an hour, the Martin-Marietta Corp.-built monorail will ride through the gigantic open mall lobby of the Contemporary Resort Hotel before delivering its load of guests to the Victorian train station at the entrance to the park. There the First Family, along with Mickey Mouse and Miss Dane, will be greeted by the Walt Disney World band. After passing through the turn-of-the-century portals, the First Family will board a fire truck to head a parade down Main Street, U.S.A., while the band blasts out a fast-stepping rhythm and the fife and drum corps chips in as the procession passes barber shops, gift. shops, movie theater, a penny arcade and other fingerbread architecture along Main Street. At the center of the 100-acre theme park, in the shadow of 18-story Cinderella's Castle, the First Family will be presented a key to the Magic Kingdom and a lifetime silver pass to the park. FROM THERE, the First Family can head for a tour of some 35 attractions in Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, Tomor-rowland and Main Street. Although the first three weeks of Disney World are a "shake-down" period for some 7,000 on-stage performers and backstage workers, all but a couple of the attractions will be open to the first-day visitors. "Flight to the Moon" and "America the Beautiful" are two major ones not finished. THEY ARE expected to be ready by the weekend of Oct. 23-25 when the park will be dedicated with gala celebrations and the filming of a 90-minute NBC television spectacular to be shown. Oct. 29. At noon, the First Family will board the monorail or a sidewheeler steamboat for a trip across the man-made "Seven Seas Lagoon" to the Polynesian Village Hotel and lunch. AFTER LUNCH, it will be back to the theme park for more adventure including the Haunted Mansion, the Hall of Presidents, Mickey Mouse Revue, the Asian Ruins or whatever strikes the fancy of the honored guests. And as the long-awaited day draws to an end, the First Family will be invited to stay and see a display of fireworks. At the end of the day, the family also can take its choice of hotels for the night either the giant A-frame Contemporary with its more than 1,000 rooms or the smaller Polynesian Village with 500 rooms. llllllllll!llllll!IIIII!llll!llllllil!ll!lllllllllllllin Sentinel Guvs AM lit; Blsney Speeial Oct. 27 Walt Disney World is opening Oct. 1-, but the big dedication ceremonies are scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 23-25. A massed choir of 1,500 voices will sing Disney tunes and a 1,076 man marching band will come rolling down Main Street USA playing "Seventy Six Trombones." Presiding over all of it will be Mickey Mouse riding the world's largest bass drum. You and all the world can take part in this dedication Oct. 27 when the Orlando Sentinel publishes an eight-page colorful edition on dedication ceremonies. Regular subscribers will get their Disney dedication special edition, but you may wish to send one to friends. Watch for the coupon appearing daily in the Sentinel and Evening Star in the Walt Disney World special edition advertisement. Orders so far has topped 30,000, going to almost every country in the world including Czechoslovakia, Romania, Poland, Russia, and Rhodesia. ttlllliiiiliiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiNiiN Of ficials Preparing For Tourist Rush Central Florida government and law enforcement officials say they are girding themselves to prepare for the expected tourist rush for Friday's Walt Disney World opening. Only officials in the smaller municipalities of Ocoee, Winter Garden, Windermere and St. Cloud say they have not made any special preparations for the influx of tourists. RALPH POE, Orange County commission chairman: "I'm looking forward to the opening with anxiety. But it's coming and we'll do the best we can to keep things in proper order. At least we've plenty of time to prepare ourselves." Carl Langford, Orlando mayor: "We're ready for opening day. We've got plenty of policemen, firemen, and adequate sewage systems and airport facilities. We've done everything possible in preparation for a large crowd." Capt. Marvin Peele, assistant to Orange County Sheriff Dave Starr: "We plan to have men assigned to take care of Disney World law enforcement problems. I hope the Florida Highway Patrol can handle the traffic problem, but we'll help if they can't cope with it." LT. SAM Bush, Orange County sheriff's information officer: "We tried to ensure we could deal with the Disney boom. We'll have about 35 new men on the force." Capt. Wayne Moore, Orlando police uniform division watch commander: "We're trying to beef up areas around Interstate 4, which we feel will be the worst trouble spots. We're also putting two more motorcycle units in the field." Bill Beck, Osceola County Commission chairman: "We're welcoming all the visitors who come to Disney World. We haven't been asked to give special instructions to any county agencies for opening day, however." ERNEST P. "Kayo" Murphy, Osceola County sheriff: "We're not normally involved with traffic control, but we plan to give the Highway Patrol all the help we can. We're prepared to play our role." Charles Tyson, Kissimmee city manager: "We really don't know Monday In Sentinel: Feutmres To Mememher MONDAY MORNING REPORT goes to Raiford tr visit K. C. Johns, fired captain of the guards at the state prison. Staff writer Jack McDavitt reports. Monday with Wilkening goes to Winter Park to visit a wheelchair polio victim, dependent on welfare for the rest of her life. And Monday in the Orlando Sentinel has more a visit to the hospital room of Scott Whitacre, victim of severe heat prostration suffered during football practice at Eau Gallie High School. what to expect. We're trying to widen the intersection of Vine and Main streets (U.S. 192-441-17-92) for four lane traffic flow before Oct. 1." Don Adams, Kissimmee police chief: "We will halt all days off for our uniformed men during the first week and will have them work longer shifts. I don't anticipate any real problems until next summer." GREGG DRUMMOND, Seminole County Commission Chairman: "There have been increases in most of our governmental department budgets but it's difficult to pull out specifically what would be designated as preparation for the Disney impact." Pete Knowles, Sanford city manager: "We've added seven new men to the police department. Also, we've started an annexation study to prepare for orderly growth of the city." CPL. C. H. Strickland, Florida Highway Patrol troop watch commander: "We plan to station an additional six men in the Orlando area for the turnpike on opening day and six other men for the official opening Oct. 23 besides the 19 new troopers being permanently assigned to this area." John F. Meachamf Orlando aviation director: We've done an awful lot of planning and forecasting to see how great the passenger load at Orlando Jetport at McCoy will be increased. We've made changes to improve the traffic flow around the airport. Of course, we've also validated bonds for future improvements." Casey Britt, Eastern Airlines, Disney's official plane service sales manager: "We'll triple our baggage makeup area and double our counter space hy Friday. We've already added to our service 25 per cent over the summer level." By CHARLIE WADSWORTII Suntitnl Staff So you are an ordinary family of four and you are going to Walt Disney World. At this point you are asking: What will it cost? If you are also an ordinary family with an ordinary income, a day's visit to the theme park should cost you about $30 for admission, rides and food. IT WILL BE easy to spend more, difficult to spend less. From the time you enter the WDW property off U. S. Hwy. 192, you will have five miles in which to make the big decision on which admission route you want to take. There are several choices. General admission ticket prices are $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for children 12 to 17,' and $1 for children 3 to 11. THIS PRICE includes unlimited use for one day of the Disney World transportation system, admission to the Magic Kingdom theme park and all free shows, exhibits and entertainment. There will be 40 different rides and attractions in the park. If you choose to pay as you go, the prices range from 10 to 90 cents. But Disney World offers a convenient and economical package. One ticket package includes the cost of seven rides in addition to covering admission and transportation. THIS COST is $4.75 for adults, $4.25 for juniors (12-17) and $4.25 for children (3-11). Then there is the "Eleven Attraction Ticket Book" which includes transportation, admisssion and 11 attractions of your choice. These cost $5.75 for adults, $5.25 and $4.75. And there is a guided tour which costs $6.50 for everyone in the family 12 or over and $3.75 for younger children. This package includes a personal guide and tickets to six major attractions. THE TICKET BOOK definitely is the best bet. And once inside the park, if you exhaust one book, you can buy another seven rides for $2.75. One thing to rmember: It will be best to use them all up on the day you are in the park, since it will cost you the price of admission and transportation if you come back on another day. You may, however, leave and reenter the theme park on the same day without a new admission charge. And it will cost you 50 cents per automobile on Disney World's king sized parking lot, capacity more than 12,000. DISNEY WORLD spokesmen say the Magic Kingdom attraction is "competitive" on food prices. By this they mean you will pay about the same at Disney World as elsewhere. Prices will range from 25 cents for a hot dog to 60-cent hamburgers. You can get a full luncheon for about $2.50 at one of the several sit-down restaurants in the park. Sehool Hays Won't Stop For Hisssey Will the glorious, carefree, once-in-a-lifetime opening days of Walt Disney World draw part of their crowds from the back row seats of Orange County schoolhouses? Or did the grand old art of playing hooky go with the days of Huck Finn? Mrs. Jenny Lind Estey has a special interest in how the roll calls will fare after Friday. SHE IS attendance officer for Or .nge County's public schools. "No, I don't think there will be any unusual absenteeism because the kids know better," Mrs. Estey flatly states. Here's how she sums it up: "I've talked with a lot of citizens of Orlando, and they are going to wait until the opening rush is over." The kids, too? "Yes, but on their days off." Any other reasons? "YES. The people and the kids of Orlando are going to be courteous and let the newcomer and the tourists go first." Any chance you could be wrong? ! "I never expect the worst. I always look on the bright side." What if the kids just can't resist the temptation? "They'll pay the price. They will have to pay the piper. But I don't expect the school children to let me down." Now, about the hotels, for those who plan to stay over at the Contemporary or the Polynesian whose combined facilities include 1,500 rooms. HERE AGAIN there are package deals that include room, park admissions, seven rides a day, transportation around the site and recreation coupons. You will pay extra for food. A three-night,, four-day package costs $90 per adult, double occupancy. Teen-agers can share a room with their parents for $36.50 each, children for $33.50. If you are going it single, the tab is $148.50. A TWO-NIGHT, three-day "Family Fun Vacation" plan runs $61.50, $25 and $23.50 for families, $100.50 for a single. Without the package plan room rates are from $22 to $44 a night. The first plan includes $30 in recreation coupons, the second $18 in coupons. What sorts of recreation? Well, there is golf, boating, water skiing, bicycling, horseback riding, archery and children's activity program. GREENS FEES at the two golf courses are expected to be about $15 per person. Horseback tours, with guide, are set for $6 an hour. A water ski boat will cost you anywhere from $15 on up per hour. You can-rent a sailboat for as little as $4.25 an hour, and the water in the hotel areas is safe to swim in. Instruction will be available in all recreational fields. As for food, a buffet lunch at the Top of the World, on the 14th floor of the Contemporary, will cost $7.50. It also includes a floor show. AT RESTAURANTS in the Polynesian, dinners will run about $7.25 and lunch $3.75. But a luncheon sandwich in the coffee shop will cost $1.50. Breakfast can cost you up to $2.25. Your family dog is welcome to Disney World but not in the theme park. There is a pet-sitting provided, 50 cents for the day with lunch included, or $1 for overnight, lunch and dinner included. DISNEY WORLD officials point out that all prices are subject to change and taxes. Also, tipping for room service in the motels will be frowned upon. But you can tip in the WDW restaurants and lounges, if you wish. That's, right. It's that time of year again, when we're unwinding from the Summer rush (and what a rush it was!) and it's also time to say, "Thank you for .bringing and sending your out-of-state friends and relatives to Rainbow Springs." Now that friends have departed and the kids are back in school, it's time for you to unwind a little yourself. And what better place to do that than beautiful Rainbow Springs?. So, all you have 'to do is bring this ad (one ad per family is enough) to our ticket office ANY DAY THROUGH October 31, 1971. This is whet you get ABSOLUTELY WITHOUT CHARGE: ADMISSION TO RAINBOW SPRINGS EXCITING RODEO SHOW - Thrilling exhibitions of bronco riding, bull riding, steer-wrestling, calf roping. ANIMAL PARK Pet and feed the friendly deer and other animals. SWAMP GARDEN Delight in the antics of the playful otters. Feed marshmallows to the alligators. BIRD PARK - Rub shoulders with hundreds of rare and colorful birds in the world's tallest aviary. . . . arid the magnificent GARDENS of award-winning Rainbow Springs. Stroll the flower-bordered paths among 500,000 plants and flowers. o 1 QCi illisIoiH JACKSONVILLE dunnellonTNX r&LA iJL sua CLCARWATtR ST. PTEBSBUBC TAMPA n qQD1)Lq)W So n IMnhow Springs U.S. 41 at Dunnellon, Florida. Jusfl8 minutei west of 1-75. . OS-09-26 OFFER VALID THROUGH OCTOBER 31, 1971

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