Epcot, like the rest of the Disney parks worldwide, was never intended to be finished. They’d be expanded, things would change, etc. But there would never be a time when Disney would sit back on its laurels and say, “It’s done.”
Whether you’re a fan or just a recent visitor to Epcot, one of the four parks at Walt Disney World, you know that the park is in the midst of a huge reconstruction. There is construction almost everywhere, including:
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LaGuardia Airport is a hot mess. It hosted over 30 million travelers in 2018, ranking it the 21st busiest airport in the country. Unfortunately, it also ranked as the 14th worst airport in the world, and those 30 million people in 2018 were met with an old and outdated airport that really couldn’t handle the load of people. Terminal A was built in 1939, Terminal B in 1964, Terminal D in 1983 and Terminal C (yes, in that order) in 1992. And that was the last time any sort of major upgrade or expansion was done.
So in 2016, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled plans to rebuild the airport, with an approximate $8 billion renovation. Here are before and after photos of the airport, via Gov. Cuomo’s web presence:
The rehab began in 2016 and the reno and development are scheduled to be completed in 2022. But meanwhile, it’s currently causing some bad headaches for passengers,
How bad? This bad…
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Orlando International Airport (MCO) has had some growing pains in the past few years. In 2008 it was ranked as the 22nd busiest airport in the United States. 10 years later (2018 are the latest stats available) it’s been ranked as the busiest airport in Florida (even busier than Miami!) and the 10th busiest in the country. So for the past couple of years now, it’s been, well, something of a hot mess. But they’re doing a lot to fix the problems…
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Chicago O’Hare (ORD) is a huge airport. In fact, with nearly 80,000,000 passengers annually, to say nothing of an average of 2,400 aircraft operations per day, it’s ranked as the 6th busiest airport in the world.
ORD has four terminals that are connected by an inter-terminal train called the Airport Transit System (ATS). ATS has been running since 1993 and after a few delays, it’s finally in the midst of getting a well-earned rehabilitation.
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When Walt and Roy Disney held a press conference in the now-demolished Downtown Orlando Cherry Plaza Hotel in November 1965 to announce plans for what would eventually become Walt Disney World, the entire world took notice. From when construction began in mid-1967 until the park opened in October, 1971, getting any sort of information or update was a special treat, especially in that mid-20th-century era before there were television recording devices in the home, never mind the internet where you could share something with the world with the touch of a button!
Fortunately, some of those broadcasted shows, home movies and lots and LOTS of still photographs were saved, and thanks to modern-day technology (all hail YouTube!), we can still see them today. One of my favorites is a TV show that wasn’t from the United States but, of all places, the United Kingdom. It was broadcast a few months before WDW opened, showed lots of construction and had very interesting interviews with cast Members and Central Florida locals.
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