Walt Disney World News August 1973

From the third year of operation comes this wonderful mono-colored newspaper with all the scuttlebutt from The Happiest Place on Earth, Walt Disney World!

So what was all the rage, or what Disney wanted to plug, in the Fall of 1973? Let’s find out as we turn each page! As I did with The Disneyland News Special Edition 1985 newspaper, I will give a brief synopsis of each article before the picture, and you can decide if you want to enlarge it to read all of the details.

Page One: ‘Summer Magic…’ details some of the new offerings for Fall of 1973, such as extended Park hours (to 1 am), the opening of the Plaza Pavilion restaurant on Main Street, visiting a late-night Polynesian Luau in the sheltered Luau Cove, or watching wacky Disney characters perform daring feats in the all new Water Ski Show. ‘Five Water Ski Shows…’ details the ski show that boasts iridescent costumes for the 9:30 and 11 pm shows!

Front Page / Page One

Page Two: Articles and advertisements on this page highlight the offerings for the Luau, boat cruises, and the Top of the World dinner shows (see FUN FACTS at the end of this post for more on Four King Cousins and John Gary).

Page Two

Page Three: The ‘Dining and Relaxing’ box highlights all of the fun activities to be enjoyed at both the Contemporary Resort and the Polynesian Village. The other article lists all of the heath and beauty services one can pamper oneself with!

Page Three

Page Four: Behold the glory of old Walt Disney World maps and transportation guides! Whoever owned this newspaper before me visited eight key attractions all marked with an ‘X’. Can you spot them all?

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Page Five: Advertisements aplenty! Check out the double-feature movies you could see at the Fiesta Fun Center in the Contemporary Resort for just one dollar: Either Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. with Dick Van Dyke or Boatniks would have been amazing!

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Page Six: ‘A World of Family Recreation’ provides proof that the infamous Bob-A-Round boats actual did exist! Just $4.00 per 1/2 hour. The ‘Fort Wilderness…’ box at the bottom lays out all of the fun activities to be had in Fort Wilderness and Tri-Circle-D Ranch. The Wilderness Line was still running and you could take a canoe trip to the outermost reaches of the Vacation Kingdom, with marshmallow roast along the way, for just $1.00 per person!

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Page Seven: ‘Glad You Asked That!’ answers the burning question of what the red light flashing on the room phone means. That’s a stumper for sure! ‘Special Events’ and a ‘Travel and Tour Desk’ box are also included on this page along with a fun little Mickey Mouse cartoon.

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Page Eight: It’s all about the golf! Be the first to book a stay in the Golf Resort Villas with tee-side accommodations. This opened in December of 1973 as the third resort at Walt Disney World. The name was changed in the mid-1980’s (possibly to Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, but I’m not 100% sure on that). But whatever it’s called now, be sure to play some Twilighter golf!

Page Eight / Back Page

Fore! Just letting you know we’re almost done with this post.

FUN FACTS: Four King Cousins are, yes still are, an American female harmonizing pop singing group. They started in 1966 and made numerous television appearances including The Don Knotts Show. A little Disney tie-in for you there. Want another one? They also appeared in the early 70’s on ABC’s Silver Anniversary Celebration with a long list of star performers including… Fred MacMurray! They not only performed annually at the Top of the World supper club in Walt Disney World but also on Disneyland’s Tomorrowland Stage.

FUN FACTS: John Gary performed over 40 concerts a year in his heyday and recorded 24 albums for RCA Victor. He even had his own television show and was one of Elvis Presley’s favorite singers. Aren’t you ashamed you’ve never heard of him?

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