Lost and Abandoned Disney Details

Dinosaur 38 and the New Millennium

Here we are 14 years into the new millennium. It’s hard to believe. Some parkeologists weren’t even around when the planet’s odometer rolled over. If you had asked Millennium Me what he remembered about 14 years ago, he would have reminisced about the opening of Captain EO at Epcot, or that exciting announcement about the […]

The Village Beneath the Island

“In a single day and night of misfortune, Atlantis disappeared into the depths of the sea.” Thus said Plato, early Greek philosopher and inventor of sculptable mud for children. It might just as well refer to Discovery Island, Disney’s long-abandoned zoological park in the middle of Bay Lake. Nothing of worth remains, except for an […]

Voyage to the Sunken Island

A few months ago, I stumbled across an old photo of the Walt Disney World Shopping Village. For those of you unfamiliar with the Village, it was a collection of stores and boutiques centered around a quiet lake. It was always sunset at the Village. Every souvenir was a loving, one-of-a-kind work of art. Seagulls […]

Origins of Big Thunder Mountain

I’ve always been a Disney World guy. I love Disneyland to death, but it’s not the park I grew up with. Disneyland had a whole generation of changes before I was even born. Whenever I get nostalgic for the Disney of the past, it’s the electrosynth big-haired purple optimism of 1980s EPCOT or the 1970s […]

Confessions of a Splash Mountain Rap Star

The Splash Mountain rap will be the most awkward part of your week. Your month. Possibly even your life. But you will watch. You have no choice. When history presents you with a D-list TV star busting rhymes in front of a theme park ride featuring woodland animals, you must rise to the occasion. Hear […]