Thank you for visiting 50 Days to 50 Years- our homage to The World’s Most Magical Celebration. We are so thankful that Mike of My Dreams of Disney is making his third guest appearance, and delivering Walt Disney World 1985 to us today!
Walt Disney World 1985 Highlights
In Magic Kingdom…
While many things have since seen the passing of time, the one thing that stands out and continues to this day is Tinkerbell’s flight during the fireworks shows. That is one of the things that I look forward to with each and every showing. I hope that it never ends!
Tinker Bell’s First Nighttime Flight
‘Tinker Bell’s Nighttime Flight’ began at Walt Disney World on July 3, 1985. Though Tink had been soaring over Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle since 1961, this marked a first for Magic Kingdom. Since then, she has flown regularly from her perch on Cinderella Castle, with a landing on a rooftop in Tomorrowland. (As per WDW Magazine, Tinker Bell can fly at a speed of 25 to 30 miles per hour. This makes her entire journey last approximately 30 seconds. So look sharp!) And pro tip from Kay of planDisney: the best viewing spot is from Tomorrowland Terrace.
Also in 1985, ABC began televising the “Walt Disney World Happy Easter Parade“, and NBC radio began regular broadcasts from the Magic Kingdom.
During 1985, Disney Chairman Michael Eisner announced plans to construct Disney-MGM Studio. This newest project was projected to cost $300 million dollars and would be themed as a Hollywood-style third park at Walt Disney World.
Over in EPCOT Center, the Nine Dragons Restaurant opened in the China Pavilion in World Showcase. Unfortunately, this dining venue establishment has never quite lived up to the beauty and authenticity of this pavilion.
Thank you for following along with our 50 Days to 50 Years series. I speak for myself, but I’m certain that every Disney blogger that has written in this series has enjoyed bringing you the history of Magic Kingdom as much as I have!
Three time’s a charm Mike! We are so thankful for your insights and ability to bring us these Walt Disney World forgotten tidbits and lasting traditions. Please remember to stop by Mike’s blogs. Please wish him a very happy site anniversary @Mickey_MDOD.
Tomorrow, series co-host Beth will share some very special family memories from the year 1986.