In the early Walt Disney World/Magic Kingdom plans, they planned for six resorts, with several to be opened over the next several years after opening - five of them on the Monorail.
Only two monorail resorts ended up being built - the Contemporary and the Polynesian, along with the Golf Resort opening a couple years later. The others were never built, due in part to the oil crisis in 1973 and rising costs.
The Asian Resort was planned for the west side of the monorail loop. The land was prepped and shaped dueing construction of the Seven Seas Lagoon - a large square building was to occupy the square space of land that protruded out into the lagoon. The road that ran from backstage behind the MK down to the Polynesian was even named Asian Way. It never was built, but the land was reused in the mid 80s to build the Grand Floridian - and the road was renamed.
The Venetian Resort was planned for the southeastern area, between the Polynesian and Contemporary, and similarly the land was prepped during lagoon construction. Plans were shelved as well, but were somewhat resurrected after the opening of the Grand Floridian, with the land being used for a redesigned Mediterranean Resort. They cleared the land and then tested it by driving test pilings into the ground - and discovered that the land was not solid enough and would require expensive deep pilings on which to put a foundation, and plans were shelved again. (Reports surfaced in the mid-to-late 2000s that they looked at this area again, possibly for a DVC resort, but still determined the land to be unbuildable at the time.)
The Persian Resort would not actually be on the monorail loop as we know it, but be on a spur that led up around the east side of the Magic Kingdom, actually branching from the Contemporary per early maps at the time. Not much has happened in that area, wit the land being used for outdoor storage - at one point it was the resting place of the 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea submarines.
Speaking of the monorail, there were early plans to run it all the way to what was then called the Disney Village, and is now Downtown Disney and Saratoga Springs Resort. DVC owners at SSR will find in their documents that an easement exists on the property for a monorail line, which would still allow for it to be built, leading to rumors over the years that it will, but it is not in any current plans.
Adventureland & Fantasyland are the only lands to appear under the same name in every Magic Kingdom Park worldwide
May 2nd 1982: Today is the first day of EPCOT Center site tours for Cast Members and their families.
The queue line goes under the track area at Space Mountain in the MK
The stretching rooms in the Haunted Mansion between Disneyland and WDW work differently.
Warning: Magic Spoilers!!
At Disneyland, the entrance is inside the railroad, while the building housing the ride is outside, and they needed a way to get the guests over - or under - the tracks. So the stretching room was built - it actually is an elevator in which the floor (and surrounding paneled walls) lowers to another level, and the guests actually walk under the railroad.
At WDW, there was no need to do this. So to maintain the design and illusion, the ceiling and upper walls actually move upwards, while the floor stays put. Additional sound and vibrations help with not being able to know the difference.
The Emporium Main Street, WDW there is 16,742 square feet of retail space. :faint:
The WDW Railroad station in Frontierland had to be completely relocated in order to build Splash Mountain!!
Walt Disney World Lost and Found is one busy place. Every day an average of 100 pairs of sunglasses are turned in at the Magic Kingdom alone. There have been enough "shades" submitted each year in the Vacation Kingdom to outfit every resident of Sun City, Arizona; Sun City, California; and Sun City, Florida. From 1971 to 2002 an estimated 1.5 million pairs of glasses have found their way into the "lost" bin.
WDW operates the largest working wardrobe in the United States
According to long-time lost and found staffers, the most unusual items turned in have been a glass eye and a potty trainer. Both, incidentally, were claimed (but not by the same person).
At DHS, there was once a prosthetic hand turned into lost and found from Rockin Rollercoaster. Dont know it to be fact but it is a common rumor amongst CM around the resort.
Part Of Your World the most iconic song from The Little Mermaid was almost cut from the movie. Co-directors Ron Clements and John Musker believed it slowed down the plot but Howard Ashman fought for it to stay in.