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Hear the original version of Walt Disney World’s Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean was a last-minute addition to the Magic Kingdom, which was supposed to receive a brand-new Marc Davis-designed attraction named “Western River Expedition” in its place. The oft-told story is that guest demand for Pirates, which was a smash-hit at Disneyland, forced Walt Disney World management to put off indefinitely the construction of Western River and in its place a shortened, non-competing version of Pirates was tacked onto Adventureland in a new  ...

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Listen to the ultra-rare 1994 Alien Encounter soft-opening version

Originally intended to debut at Disneyland’s Tomorrowland makeover, delays and Imagineer infighting over the appropriateness of a truly frightening attraction in a Castle park pushed the project back several years. It was finally installed at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, allegedly without the benefit of the typical full-scale mockup and run-throughs in a WDI warehouse to shake out the bugs and make story revisions before it was introduced to guests. The show debuted in  ...

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Take a ride 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea in 3D sound

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a Magic Kingdom opening-day attraction and one of the most unique rides that ever graced an amusement park. A cousin to Disneyland’s Voyage Through Liquid Space, whose script seems to have been largely based off of sections of Jules Verne’s book about Captain Nemo’s voyages anyway, wisely relocated the attraction from Tomorrowland to Fantasyland. After waiting in a line that regularly took an hour or more, park guests descended into the  ...

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Read Haunted Mansion “A Little Tech Stuff” Doombuggies.com postings from WDW maintenance man

Back in the early 00s, one of Walt Disney World’s long-time maintenance men joined the Doombuggies.com discussion boards under the name wdwcaretaker and started relaying details of the inner workings of The Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion under the heading, “A Little Tech Stuff”. After a short time the system started auto-deleting his message threads so I saved as many as possible. Each was fascinating and detail-rich.

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