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Walt Disney World Wayback Machine to 1993 and Disney Trivia Contest


Hello and welcome to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello, and this is show #309 for the week of January 20, 2013.

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Join me aboard my Walt Disney World Wayback Machine this week as we turn the dial back to 1993. We’ll look at what the parks and resorts looked like that year, and the events leading up to that time. From the birth of Michael Eisner’s “Disney Decade,” we’ll look at the attractions, shows and restaurants that have come and gone, as well as beyond the parks into the Walt Disney World VIllage, Pleasure Island and beyond.

I’ll have the answer to our last Walt Disney World Trivia Question of the Week, and pose a new challenge for your chance to win a Disney prize package.

I’ll then have some announcements at the end of the show, including details about our 6 Year Anniversary Show, and our WDW Radio On the Road events including our group trip to Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii and cruise on the Disney Fantasy! So sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s episode of the WDW Radio Show.

Thanks for listening! Be sure to tune in next week!

– Lou Mongello

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QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What would you bring back (or remove) from Walt Disney World in 1993?  Leave your answer in the comments section below!

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14 thoughts on “WDW Radio Show #309 – Walt Disney World Wayback Machine to 1993”

  1. Lou,
    Loved show 309. I have been visiting WDW since
    Dec 1974. I was one of the original riders of Space Mountain during a soft opening and fast forward I have been a DVC member since 2004. What I really would like to see come back (2000) is the puppet parade at EPCOT (yes I still spell it the way Walt wanted it) and the moving statues in France. I just loved them both so much. I wish you would do a show on them.
    George J McNeil

  2. Mike Carriere says:

    Hiya Lou! Looking back to show #301, I would have to say 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. I first rode aboard the Nautilus even way-er back in ’77, but sadly I was never able to make it back in time for a return Voyage. Here’s a tough choice: the closing day of this attraction was the same day as my wedding. I think I made the right choice…

  3. 1993 was the first year I went to Walt Disney World and that trip change my life. I now suffer from an incurable case of Obsessive WDW Syndrome or OWS for short.

  4. Noah W says:

    I can’t wait to listen to this show! I was born in 1993 so it will be cool to listen to exactly how the area looked back then as I don’t really remember my first visit. It will be amazing to see how much Disney has changed and evolved over the course of my lifetime!

  5. Craig says:

    Spent a week at WDW for spring break my senior year of high school in 1993. This was indeed a special year. I miss 8 Trax at Pleasure Island. As for attractions, I miss Wonders of Life Pavillion, specifically Body Wars and Cranium Command.

  6. Melanie says:

    1993 was the year of my Grad Nite – P.M. Dawn & Jon Secada. Bring them back for for F&G or F&W festivals. However, I have to agree with Craig. I really miss the Wonders of Life Pavilion, especially now that I am a nurse. I would love to revisit it.

  7. I would love to be able to ride “Horizons” again. That was one of my favorite rides at Epcot. I can still smell the oranges in the harvesting scene. I also miss “World of Motion”.

  8. Emily UK says:

    Two words… Body Wars. I remember riding this attraction in the 80s when I was a young child, one word… Awesome!

  9. Jim says:

    I would have to say 20,000 Leagues. It was one of the first rides I rode the first time my parents took me to Disneyland back in 1974.

  10. Kenneth Johnson says:

    20,000 leagues for sure. When I lived in Paris, France, I made frequent trips to DP in order to relive 20000 leagues on Les Mysteres du Nautilus. That’s the closest I’ve been able to come since 1993. Loved this show, especially remembering Fiesta Fun Center and Top of the World. Thanks Lou!

  11. Jay says:

    Friends and Ally McBeal did not debut until 1994 and 1997 respectfully. Was distracted by that.

  12. Josie says:

    I would bring back the fiesta fun center.

  13. Tony E (BacksideOfWater) says:

    This show made me think about what I was doing in 1993. In 1993 I was in the 3rd grade and visited the local Zoo for the first (and to date only) time in my life. My ultimate goal in life was to be on Where In The World Is Carmen Sandeigo? and shout DO IT ROCKAPELLA!

  14. Chuck Zitta says:

    If I could bring anything back from 1993, I would like to see Disney bring back more of Hollywood into Hollywood Studios. With all the current changes that are happening to the park, not sure how this could be done. But, I miss all the “interactivity” (that you mention) the Studios once possessed. I t brought a certain energy to the park that no longer exists. And now with the closing of The Magic of Disney Animation and the back lot tour, I’m afraid this may be an even bigger hurdle to overcome. I do understand that those attractions were not doing well, but maybe they just needed a shot in the arm to make them more relevant to today’s hi-tech go-go-go audience? A little reimagineering to keep the Hollywood aspect alive in the park? It will be interesting to see how things turn our with all the changes. Love Star Wars, and Toy Story offers great possibilities as well. Will be interesting to see what HWS ends up becoming. I’m sure it will be amazing. But, the nostalgic side of me is gonna miss the old Studios.

    Thanks again for another fabulous show Lou, and Ryan!!!