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Throwback Thursday Photo of the Day – Pleasure Island

Today is Throwback Thurdsay and we are going old school Pleasure Island circa 1989 with a “vintage” Pleasure Island button.  Ahhhh, the good old days.

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Many of my nights were spent dancing on the spinning dance floor of Mannequins.  I loved Mannequins they played great music and entering the club from the third floor was a way to make an entrance.  And thanks to the ventilation system you could dance all night and come out smelling like hairspray instead of smoke.

I miss having a place where you could be surrounded by just adults on Disney property and have some fun with friends or meet new friends.  Besides Mannequins, there was the Comedy Warehouse where Disney Cast Members were parodied in skits, the Adventurers Club where you could sip a Kungaloosh while your elephant leg bar stool would rise and fall at will, and the Fireworks Factory where you could get Cherry Bombs that were lethal.  And it was Mardi Gras every night in the street!!!!  Lots of other clubs came and went with the various trends of America and the ticketing went from a cover charge for the whole Pleasure Island area to opening the gates and charging at each club and the street was a thorough fare for the West Side – just for the record, it isn’t as much fun to be thrust into a child friendly environment after a few cocktails and you’ve been dancing up a storm in a club.  But the initial concept (in my opinion, and I am most definitely biased) was the best.

For those of you who are too young to remember the golden age of Pleasure Island, I’m sorry you missed out on a good time that I don’t foresee being replaced anything soon.  I am however looking forward to the opening of Disney Springs to see if even an iota of the magic of the old Pleasure Island can be recreated.

Throwback Thursday – “it’s a small world”

In honor of “it’s a small world” 50th anniversary, I found a video of the original attraction at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.  It is amazing how different and alike the current attractions are to the original.


If you are a Mary Blair or Rolly Crump fan, this version show cases some of the artwork for the original attraction.


This video is on the 1964 New York World’s Fair in general and follows certain people around the Fair – boy scouts get lost, families have fun together, teachers learn, and boys chase girls.  It is almost like being at a retro Epcot and Magic Kingdom at the same time.

(Did anyone notice how everyone dressed up to go to the World’s Fair?  Or, the lack of strollers?  Ahhh, the good ‘ol days.)


~~~ Happy 50th Anniversary “it’s a small world” ~~~

Throwback Thursday – Mickey Balloons

Ahhh, Mickey Balloons.  I’ve loved them as long as I can remember.  They are so cheerful and iconic.  When I see this picture I took in the summer of 1982 it brings back such fond memories of an almost innocent time.


The balloons were different than they are now.  Back then, the balloons were just latex with no extra protection.  If your balloon popped, and it did quite often given the nature of the latex balloons, you would shed a few tears and listen to an “I told you so” by at least one of your family members.  The tears never lasted long though because your Mickey balloon was always quickly replaced by a cast member.


Today, the latex Mickey balloons of yesteryear are no more.  Now, the Mickey helium balloons are inside of a clear balloon, known as a glasshouse, or are shiny Mylar.  Some even light up with the help of a glow stick.  And instead of lasting a mere 24 hours, today’s Mickey balloons last up to a month.  They cost significantly more than the Mickey balloons of my youth but still bring a smile to my face every time I see them being sold on Main Street USA.

(Did you notice the Disney rental strollers in the old picture?  You gotta love a metal stroller with no padding on the seats.  How about the short shorts with the knee socks?  That’s why the 80’s were a great decade!)


Throwback Thursday – Character Bus at Epcot


Today’s throwback takes us to Epcot circa March 1991.*   And that is all I really remember about the picture.  I remember the trip with my best friend but I can’t for the life of me remember this event.




After doing some internet sleuthing it appears that Epcot had Character Buses that came out loaded with characters at certain times of the day.  Signs on the side of the bus read “Characters on Holiday.”  It was really the first chance for character meet and greets at Epcot.  But the pictures of those buses don’t look like my picture.   See for yourself:

So, I am not really sure if this pre-dates the “Characters on Holiday” bus or if this is something totally different.  Either way, it is fun to see Roger Rabbit getting some love.

If you know anything about this picture, please leave a comment.  I would love to find out more about it.



You have to remember to forgive the photography.  This one is a little better than the older pictures since it was taken in the 90’s.


Throwback Thursday – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Throwback Thursday is a new feature – shamelessly stolen from Twitter and Facebook.

I’ve been going to Walt Disney World since I was a little girl.  We don’t have a lot of surviving pictures but I have found a few.  The photography isn’t very good since a Kodak Instamatic was probably used but it is fun to remember Walt Disney World with fond memories even if the pictures aren’t crisp and clear or taken with any skill.  (Don’t judge me, I was a teenager.)

Anyone have fond memories of the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage?


A view of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage taken from the Skyway to Fantasyland in 1985.

Do you have any retro pictures of Disney Attractions to share?  Just let me know and maybe we can use your photo memories in an upcoming Throwback Thursday feature.

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