Guest Contributor: Nick Maglio
Guidemaps are like a snapshot of a moment in time. A time machine if you will. These Walt Disney World Guidemaps show a wide range of attractions that I dearly miss. I truly believe the Epcot of today doesn’t hold a candle to 1994’s version. And don’t even get me started on Disney’s Hollywood Studios’, (then Disney-MGM Studios) current incarnations of the Backstage Studio Tour and the Magic of Disney Animation. Don’t get me wrong, I still love Walt Disney World, but believe many of the best attractions were around in the early to mid 90’s.
The Magic Kingdom of today does have one of my favorite WDW attractions, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, and the Fantasyland expansion looks to be absolutely amazing. So I believe today’s Magic Kingdom trumps 94’s.
Epcot ’94. My favorite ride, perhaps of all time, was Horizons. Test Track is (Or was, we’ll have to see how the redo comes out) a great ride, but I loved World of Motion. Then, there was Journey Into Imagination, with Dreamfinder and Figment. I like today’s version, but only because of Figment, and nostalgia. It is a shadow of it’s former self.
Speaking of shadows, if you were fortunate to have gone to Walt Disney World during the new Golden Age of Disney Animation, you may have actually been able to see actual animated movies being produced at The Magic of Disney Animation at Disney-MGM Studios.
Of course, on major thing Walt Disney World didn’t have in 1994, was Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which is an amazing park. Sometimes nostalgia gets the best of us.
What was your favorite period of Walt Disney World’s history?