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Hidden Treasures, Stories, Details and Virtual Tour of Disney’s Boardwalk Resort

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Hello and welcome to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello, and this is show #310 for the week of January 27, 2013.

I’m here to help you have the best possible Disney vacation experience, and bring you some Disney magic to to wherever you by talking about the things that make us happy about Walt Disney World on this podcast, as well as my videos, blog, live broadcasts, events, trivia books, CDs and more. You can find it all at WDWRadio.com.

This week, I want to help you enjoy and appreciate more of Walt Disney World’s “Hidden Treasures” not just in the parks, but the resorts as well, as each of replete with story, details, overlooked experiences and fascinating history, often both real and Imagineered. Join me as we virtually tour and explore the lobby and lounge of Disney’s Boardwalk Resort. You’ll lean about the inspiration for the resort, and the significance behind some of the wonderful props, replicas and real antiques that are found throughout the hotel. Jim Korkis joins me on a journey that will take us to the boardwalks of Atlantic City and Coney Island from many years ago, to the one that is recreated at one of our favorite Disney resorts.

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.

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– Lou Mongello


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16 Responses to "Show # 310 – Hidden Treasures of Disney’s Boardwalk Resort"

  1. Valerie says:

    Really enjoying listening to you and Jim (as always!)and can’t wait to go exploring when we visit this Easter!

    Just had to comment on the game “Go to the Head of the Class”. I can’t wait to see this as well b/c we used to play this as kids when we would visit my grandparents in the summer. I had no idea how old this game was! It was like a Chutes and Ladder game but at school! Thanks for that memory, Jim!

  2. Bruce says:

    Hi. This is Bruce from Brooklyn, Coney Island section of Brooklyn. I enjoyed exploring the Boardwalk, seeing photos of things that I see everyday. Just one correction, Steeplechase Amusement Park namesake attraction, The Steeplechase, the horses were built of wood, not steel. Do a photo google search on Coney Island History Project Steeplechase horse for photos of one horse on exhibit.

    Also not to confuse people, the Historic Luna Park, mentioned in the Boardwalk Resort is now the Luna Park Housing Project. Across the street from there, was another amusement park called Astroland. Astroland closed about 2008. The city purchased the land, and leased it to a amusement ride maker, who built a new amusement park, and called it Luna Park.

  3. Sammie_Kay says:

    I really enjoyed this weeks show! I learned so much and cant wait to tell everyone all these stories! I am so glad you included the photos in the show notes. It make it feel like I was really there with you guys! I can’t wait to go walk around the boardwalk lobby now. I hope you guys record a show about the shops and such soon. See you and the box people later tonight for the live show!

  4. Bruce says:

    Hi, This is Bruce from Brooklyn again. I have a question for Jim. I believe he mentioned about the Flip Flap Railway, which a model is on display at the Boardwalk Resort. I spoke to a couple of Coney Island historians, and they dont know anything about the coaster being moved from Sea Lion Park (which later became Luna Park under new ownership) to Atlantic City. Can you confirm a source on this? Also, any information about the model? I showed him a photo of it, and he asked who made it. Thanks.

  5. ShelleyJ says:

    The Boardwalk resort has always has been my favorite. The atmosphere there is so unique that I truly feel like I have stepped back in time. The decore is so different I would love to hear & learn more on the history on this resort.

  6. Jim Korkis says:

    To Bruce–Thanks for the kind words. Actually, the Flip Flap Railway never relocated but actually spawned an imitator at Young’s Pier in Atlantic City from 1902-1912. I thought it was the same one but checking my notes at home I discovered it was an almost exact duplicate. But I was right about the G-Force that both provided. Way too dangerous for me. Cast members at the Boardwalk told me that the model was made by he Imagineers but I have no other reference for that. And yes, the Steeplechase horses WERE made of wood. Once again I confused it with a similar ride that used steel. In that era, intellectual property theft was common it seems. I just marvel at those old amusement parks and trolley parks. Thanks for clarifying these things. Lou and I are always a little rushed to get these done and especially in a reasonable amount of time. I left out discussing that one of the game boards in the Belle Vue Lounge was SPE DEM from 1922, a car road race. We’ll try to add your insights, Bruce, when we get around to doing the second park outside. Thanks again.

  7. Bruce says:

    Jim, thanks again to the entertainment you provide, the information you enjoy speaking about. If you ever find yourself in my neck of the woods, First round of Nathans Hot Dogs are on me :) Just have to wait as they are rebuilding the place due to damage from Sandy. Remember, that Ferris wheel at DCA, we have the original here that has been scaring people since 1920.

  8. Bruce says:

    just a interesting side note concerning the Steeplechase ride and its connection to Disneyworld.

    When Steeplechase Park closed in the early to mid 60’s, they sold the rides to other theme parks. Pirates World in Florida bought the Steeplechase ride and ran it there till they went out of business in the 70’s because Disneyworld changed where tourists visited places in Florida.

  9. Michael says:

    I just listened to your show about the Boardwalk Resort. As someone who has stayed at the Boardwalk Resort and, moreover, who grew up five miles south of Atlantic City, I enjoyed the show immensely! One minor correction for you. The show referred to the chairs on the Boardwalk as “wheeling chairs.” On the Boardwalk they are referred to as “rolling chairs.” I remember when I was in a play in fifth grade (late 1970s) we learned the words to an old song called “On the Boardwalk in Atlantic City.” One of the lines in that song went, as follows: “There in a rolling chair, she’ll roll right into your arms.”

    Thanks again for your show — I really enjoy it!

  10. Bruce says:

    Michael, we also had rolling chairs here in Coney island. They even tried to bring it back a couple of seasons ago, didnt even last the season.

    Bruce

  11. FrankVC says:

    I think Disney’s Boardwalk needs some parachute towers though (I know this will never happen). But I think the parachute tower at Coney Island is most iconic for me. Built for the 1939 world fair by Emelia Earhart’s husband. She was the first victim, um, student to learn to jump from it. The site in which they built the first one is now the site of Six Flags Great Adventure which I know Lou knows as well as I do growing up near there. The design was sold to both amusement parks and the military. The most iconic military version is of course at Fort Benning, GA and 3 of the 4 four 250′ towers still stand today. They were featured in the movies Jumping Jacks, Green Berets and We Were Soldiers. They also served as the backdrop for when I went to jump school there in 1994. The Disney connection there is my family drove down from NY to see 3 of my 5 jumps and my graduation. We drove all night after graduation and went to WDW for a family vacation.

  12. Bruce says:

    Lieutenant Commander James Hale Strong is credited with building the Parachute Jump for the 1939 Worlds Fair. I never heard any connection between him and Amelia Earhart. You did mean Amelia, not Emelia?

    I found Amelia Earhart was married to George Palmer Putnam. There is no connection between him and the Parachute Jump.

    Bruce

  13. FrankVC says:

    Multiple sources on the web have about the same story.

    http://inventors.about.com/od/pstartinventions/ss/Parachute_6.htm

    I heard on the Ft Benning tour and it is published in the Ft Benning official tour guide. They were all business partners. The design was modeled after a Russian design. Sorry for the spelling error.

  14. FrankVC says:

    The patent list Switlik as the inventor and Strong as the assignee

    http://www.google.com/patents/US2111303

    From Switlik’s company web page:

    http://www.switlik.com/information/ourstory

  15. Bruce says:

    look at this website concerning the history of the Steeplechase Parachute Jump.
    http://www.coneyislandhistory.org/index.php?g=hall_of_fame&s=strong

    Bruce

  16. Lisa says:

    I really enjoyed this podcast and think that Jim really nailed it when he described how Disney seems to use its design “magic” to take concepts and ideas from history or an era, mix them with the nostaglic feel of what we see in the movies and pictures. The result is not historically accurate – but I think it’s better! I get this same feeling at the Port Orleans French Quarter. It Mardi Gras the way Walt would do it, and much cleaner than original, I’m sure but still authentic to spirit.

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