Fantasyland at Walt Disney World stayed fairly untouched though the mid-1990s, with attractions receiving modest upgrades for capacity but being otherwise left in their original state. Of course, this all changed with the closure of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and eventually Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. But while it existed, it was a wonderful place full of passing aerial trams, flying elephants, and dolls singing about world understanding.
Back in the 1990s, inviting local radio stations to cover the opening of a new attraction was a standard part of the promotional playbook for Disney. During media week you’d find folding tables strewn around the parks covered by tablecloths with signs displaying each stations’ number and call letters, often with 2 or 3 people furiously preparing or delivering their entire morning show. As part of the promotional package, Disney’s publicity department would prepare audio ...
Test Track may be thrilling, but the attraction which preceded it, World of Motion, was the unadulterated spirit of Disney through and through. Although solely attributed to Ward Kimball, the attraction contains many humorous scenes designed by Marc Davis using his trademark style of show scenes punctuated by audioanimatronic figures making subtle movements. It’s the robotic equivalent of today’s Cinemagraph photography.
There isn’t much that can said about EPCOT Center’s magnificent Horizons pavilion that hasn’t been said already. Opening in October 1983, the ride was initially shuttered in 1994 and then reopened in 1995 when the conversion of World of Motion into Test Track ran late. It closed permanently to the public in 1999.