Welcome back, one and all, to our 50-day countdown to Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary. We are so appreciative of our authors, and all who stop in daily to get a dose of magical nostalgia! Today’s guest is Jackie from Disney Information Station – Online Guide to Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland. Home to the Internet’s Largest Disney discussion forums. She will take us back to Walt Disney World 1993. A time of more openings, closings, and some little-known facts!
Walt Disney World 1993 Happenings
Hi everyone! Today I’m going to tell you a little bit about what was going on in the Magic Kingdom in 1993. One of the coolest things, I think, was the addition of Bill Clinton to the Hall of Presidents marking a first for Disney. He was the first serving President to lend his voice for the attraction! I think it’s pretty cool the President took some time out of his busy schedule and very important job to do this for Walt Disney World!
While I know that a lot of people like to take a nap during this attraction, I actually went to it for the first time last year and I was really impressed with how well done and informative it is.
A pretty amazing attraction also made its debut in 1993, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s really cool to walk through this open art gallery and pose for pictures next to some great TV personalities including Lucille Ball, Oprah Winfrey, Bob Newhart… and Walt Disney! (Unfortunately, this area was closed in 2016 after scrutiny due to the Bill Cosby conviction.)
Mission to Mars Moves On
As all of us Disney lovers know, some of our favorite attractions must close in order to make room for new attractions and to keep things current. 1993 is also the year that Mission to Mars closed its doors. This show was originally named Flight to the Moon and that was revised and updated after the first humans were on the moon. The update included a simulated flight to space and would approach the surface of the red planet Mars.
I sure hope you enjoyed learning a few tidbits about the history of the Magic Kingdom in 1993! I know I am enjoying the 50 Days to 50 Years series!
Be sure to visit Jackie on twitter @jjzmgailey. She is Senior Editor for the well-known @TheDIS (#Disney Information Station). Jackie also happens to be a ’13/’14 Disney Parks Moms Panelist (now planDisney)!!
Tomorrow, yours truly is up once again, and the Disney Decade marches on with 1994. I feel a trip report coming on…