#TBT: 1984 Video of EPCOT Center’s World Key Information System

When EPCOT Center (as it was called then) opened at Walt Disney World in 1982, it promised a glimpse into the future and its World Key Information System was one the newest and user-friendliest technologies available at the time.

Developed in conjunction with the Bell System (which would eventually become AT&T) and Western Electric, guests could walk into a space with multiple kiosks that allowed them to learn about all that the Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow (EPCOT) had to offer, as well as make same-day (SAME DAY!!!) restaurant reservations anywhere on Walt Disney World property, just by touching the screen and following the prompts. Although that seems like simple child’s play nowadays, this was super duper HIGH TECH in 1982 and both fascinating and a little bit intimidating for some, so if something wasn’t quite right, a Guest Services host would appear on the screen and provide assistance as needed.

Here’s an example of what the experience was like:

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How To Experience Some Of WDW’s Most Popular Attractions Without Standing In Long Lines or Using FastPass+

As many Disney fans can tell you, some of the longest queues at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom are in Fantasyland. On a typical day, it’s not unusual to see waits of at least 60 to 90 minutes for popular attractions such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and on busy days, waits of 2, 3 or even more hours can sometimes be expected.  With WDW’s FastPass+ (FP+) system, you can reserve a time slot to go on the attraction of your choice, but that still only lets you “skip the line” once per FP+ (unless you use all your FPs+ opportunities for those attractions).

To help make it easier for guests to have their fill of these popular attractions (and, let’s admit it, to help get a little more of their money), the decision makers at Walt Disney World have come up with a new park experience where they can do just that!

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Stay Off WDW Property & Still Have Disney Theming? Yes, You Can!

When you visit Walt Disney World, you may decide to stay on site at one of the WDW resort hotels, which gives you perks that include, among other things, being immersed in “the Disney experience” for the entire time you stay on property. In fact, even your hotel room will have a select Disney theme. Of course, a vacation/holiday comes with a relatively hefty price for that on-site hotel stay, where the cheapest “value resort” price is about $127 for a 260 square foot room.

You may instead decide to stay at an off-site hotel, which will potentially save you quite a sum of money, but, of course, doesn’t give you that “immersive Disney experience.”

But what if you could find a place to stay that offered Disney theme inside but since it was off WDW property (but only 2 miles away!), was still an overall reasonable cost? There is such a place!

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#TBT: WDW’s 1977-1995 Version of The Electrical Water Pageant (Complete Video)

The Electrical Water Pageant has been running on the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake of Walt Disney World since the theme park’s Dedication Day, October 25, 1971. The original music included a stylized version of Gershon Kingsley & Jean Jeaque Perrey’s “Baroque Hoedown” (the song used in the Main Street Electrical Parade) created specially for the Electrical Water Pageant, and although some changes were made here and there throughout the years, was used from 1971 until 1977. But in 1977, they made several big changes to the attraction:

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Review of WDW Event, Update on Real ID Deadline, What To Do With Pets While Traveling & More…

Woo hoo, it’s finally the weekend! Here’s a quick recap of the posts we wrote this week:

This week Joe wrote about:

And Sharon wrote about:

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2018 DVC Exclusive Moonlight Magic Event at Magic Kingdom (Compared to 2017)

After attending several Moonlight Madness events in 2017 (Magic Kingdom in February, Typhoon Lagoon in July and Epcot in December), we were happy to hear they were going to continue the events into 2018.

Briefly, the Moonlight Madness events are special, after-hours events at Disney parks (they do them at Disneyland, too!) specifically for select members of Disney Vacation Club (DVC) and their guests. DVC, as Disney’s version of a timeshare, can cost significantly less when you purchase points on the secondary market (as opposed to buying them directly from Disney). To make buying DVC points from Disney more valuable, these Moonlight Madness events have been running since 2016 as a perk that’s reserved for those who’ve purchased points directly from them and not from the secondary market.

We were especially looking forward to this event at the Magic Kingdom (MK), since we had been to the 2017 Moonlight Madness event at that park and wanted to see how they had changed from one year to the next. I’m happy to report that Disney did not disappoint!

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Where’s Your Happy Place?

Your happy place is where you just feel right. It may be somewhere you visit often or somewhere you’ve only been once. It’s a place that envelops you and covers you in a feeling of happiness and joy. It’s a place where you’re sad when you have to leave and all you can think about is how and when you’re going to get back.

Before Guinan shows up and reminds me that I’m stealing the description of the Nexus from Star Trek: Generations, let me explain.

Guinan TNG

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