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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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Read the early ’70s Tomorrowland Handbook from Walt Disney Wolrd

I can’t remember where I got this document — it might have been on eBay or perhaps at a Disneyanna sale a number of years ago. Whenever it was, it was long enough ago that I had totally forgotten about it until I found it this week at the bottom of a bin. Based on the fact that the document constantly refer to things as “coming in 1972,” they have to date from at least a year or two prior, most likely 1970, given some of the remarkable things stated that don’t come  ...

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Listen to Michael Iceberg at the Galaxy Palace Theater from 1995

“Michael Iceberg and the Iceberg Machine.” I paused for a moment and contemplated those six words printed on a sign outside the Galaxy Palace Theater, which were followed by showtimes. I recognized them, but this was September of 1995 and it had been over a decade since the synthesizer wizard had appeared at the park. I don’t think I’d run as fast into an attraction since Hoot Gibson and I saw the placard stuck at the entrance of Disney-MGM announcing the soft  ...

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