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eeyoreguy
09-07-2009, 11:24 AM
Just wondering if there are any old restaurants, shows or other areas that you enjoyed which are no longer at Walt Disney World!

I used to enjoy the Diamond Horseshoe Revu. It was a great little show, like Keith's favourite hoop dee doo in a way.

Tink
09-07-2009, 11:47 AM
The very first thing that popped to mind was "The World Showcase" and cleanliness. There were so many nice little live acts in each country. I particularly liked the piper in the UK who also played the tin whistle. He was very knowledgeable and added quite a lot of atmosphere. The little band of four or five men dressed like Palace guards who used to do little routines with their umbrellas and all fit into the red phone booth, were quite fun to watch too! :yes:

There were loads of little acts like that. It seemed that there was always something happening in a given country.

The cleanliness of WDW used to be legendary. The restrooms were sparkling, odor free, and well stocked. The grounds were never anything but immaculately groomed, planted with beautiful flowers and other plants, and the walkways were actually washed!

None of that is the norm anymore. :sigh:

I miss the Concourse Steakhouse, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Nova Era, the double decker buses, The Junkanoo Bus with dancers, the original Figment attraction, having all the restaurants and counter service places open all the time, the huge event (35-40 booths) that the Food and Wine Festival used to be, Alberta Bound, Horizons, Dream Flight...

Disney stays fresh by changing, but it doesn't make it easier to have personal favorites disappear... :sigh:

Debbie2
09-07-2009, 11:51 AM
I miss the Hunchback of Notre Dame live show - it was fab.

I also liked that place in Epcot, like a big tent with performances and things in. I can't remember what it was called - we went in back in 2000. DD was picked to join in a show by two mad scientists called the 'anatomical players' doing geegy science things for kids..it was funny.

wdwgrandma
09-07-2009, 12:25 PM
Mr Toad's Wild Ride... My mom, who doesn't enjoy rides, laughed like a child when we took her on this back in the late '90's.

foreverducky
09-07-2009, 12:56 PM
I miss the masquerade show in Italy. :(

uscwest
09-07-2009, 12:59 PM
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, The Double Decker Buses at EPCOT, the ability to walk up and talk to a television screen and make same day dining reservations,

Debbie2 I believe you are talking about the Millennium Village. It was set up especially for the Millennium and housed interesting things about countries not normally represented in EPCOT. Now it is used for private parties. We will be attending one of those called Party for the Senses during the Food and Wine festival.

DisneyFreak
09-07-2009, 01:00 PM
I miss EPCOT Center.....before the need for all the FP attractions. I miss the original music that played in Future World. I miss the original Communicores. I miss when Disney used to be non-commercial (no Rainforest, no McDonalds, etc). I miss the glass drink stirers at the Gurgling Suitcase. I miss the Coral Isle. I miss seeing Grauman's Chinese Theater when walking into MGM.....I mean DHS. I miss when Tony's Town Square and The Crystal Palace used to be open air. I miss Dreamfinder. I miss Superstar TV. I miss the actual Backlot tour.

ukwdwnut
09-07-2009, 01:13 PM
dont think anything has gone yet since ive been going

MystikPiglit
09-07-2009, 02:31 PM
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. :cry2:

Dawn
09-07-2009, 02:46 PM
Original Figment ride and walk-up dining.

lisaw
09-07-2009, 02:55 PM
Hunchback Show and the old Backlot tour.

Claire
09-07-2009, 03:08 PM
The Skyway ride from Fantasyland to Tomorrowland. I am probably one of the few people that actually liked seeing the roofs!

Disneybumble
09-07-2009, 04:12 PM
20000 Leagues Under the Sea

firenice
10-07-2009, 01:43 AM
Mr. Toads Wild Ride and the original Pirates of the Carribean

Tinker
10-07-2009, 01:44 AM
The Magic !

Tink
10-07-2009, 02:20 AM
Oh gosh, DisneyFreak! You reminded me of the open air French cafe that is now Chefs du France.

It was ever so much nicer when you were able to dine outdoors. :yes:

wdwgrandma
10-07-2009, 09:43 AM
.... and the old Backlot tour.

Oh, yes! Fondly remembering the house fronts we used to see on TV shows... Walking through the "neighborhood" during the Osbourne Lights... <sigh>

keith
11-07-2009, 08:40 PM
I miss the annual passholder lounges in the parks. They were such great places to chill out and it was always fun using the secret elevator in EPCOT :D

I REALLY miss the old osbourne lights :( as wdwgrandma says, wandering through the neighbourhood seeing the lights the way they were always intended to be was amazing. Although Im so pleased I saw them that way, having experience them that way, I look at the new setup and think argh ;(

luvthemouse
11-07-2009, 09:55 PM
Tapestry of Nations/Dream parade at Epcot, and the backlot during Osbourne Lights..

keith
11-07-2009, 11:11 PM
Tapestry of Nations/Dream parade at Epcot, and the backlot during Osbourne Lights..

Wow I'd almost forgotten the EPCOT parade! yep sad that they canceled that one, it was a really brilliant parade too

Dawn
12-07-2009, 06:07 AM
Oh Tapestry of Nations was the most beautiful parade. I was there for the very last performance. :(

Isafari
12-07-2009, 09:28 AM
Oh Tapestry of Nations was the most beautiful parade. I was there for the very last performance. :(

I never got to see this parade. I think it was there the first year we went in 2003 but at the time I didn't really know what it was and didn't go to watch it. If only I had been a member of a Disney site before that first visit I wouldn't have missed some great Disney moments.

piglet
12-07-2009, 11:27 AM
That's awful, I had forgotten Tapestry of Nations. It was a wonderful parade. My DGD was about 6 and got to hold the rope at the end of the parade. Oh and those wonderful great drums

Dawn
12-07-2009, 03:30 PM
The moment the parade had ended I went straight to the nearest shop and bought the CD of the music. Still play it regularly.

Tinker
13-07-2009, 03:38 AM
I really wish they'd bring that parade back .

uscwest
13-07-2009, 10:56 AM
I miss the annual passholder lounges in the parks. They were such great places to chill out and it was always fun using the secret elevator in EPCOT :D

I REALLY miss the old osbourne lights :( as wdwgrandma says, wandering through the neighbourhood seeing the lights the way they were always intended to be was amazing. Although Im so pleased I saw them that way, having experience them that way, I look at the new setup and think argh ;(
I never even knew they had Passholder's Lounges. When did they have them and when did they quit? And yes wandering through the neighborhood really did make the Osbourne lights a lot more fun.

CheshireCat
14-07-2009, 05:04 PM
I miss the ride in Tomorrowland I think it was...had a song "If you had wings"...what was that ride called....I find myself singing that song all the time...LOL.

catrancher
14-07-2009, 05:20 PM
I miss the ride in Tomorrowland I think it was...had a song "If you had wings"...what was that ride called....I find myself singing that song all the time...LOL.

Ahhh... yes. The Eastern Airlines commercial! It was actually called "If You had Wings"! :yes:

Great place to go and cool off on a hot day!

I also miss the Hunchback of Notre Dame show at MGM. Another great stage production!

Tom (:macwave:... all aboard the WEDway People Mover!)

CheshireCat
14-07-2009, 05:35 PM
Sometimes we would get off that ride & then hop back on 1 or 2 more times...just to cool off & to listen to that song & sing along...LOL.

Dawn
14-07-2009, 05:40 PM
I miss -

As you crossed over from the MK hub in front of the castle into Adventureland, on the right hand side there was a little counter service place that served only vegetarian food. I had the loveliest pasta salad from there one time. Next time I went back it had been turned into a standard fast food fare place.

catrancher
14-07-2009, 05:52 PM
I miss -

As you crossed over from the MK hub in front of the castle into Adventureland, on the right hand side there was a little counter service place that served only vegetarian food. I had the loveliest pasta salad from there one time. Next time I went back it had been turned into a standard fast food fare place.


Ohh... was the the counter service place that was sponsored by Kikkoman Soy Sauce? That's all I remember other than it had wonderful food!

Tom (:macwave:... who never met a meal he didn't like!)

Dawn
14-07-2009, 06:10 PM
Ohh... was the the counter service place that was sponsored by Kikkoman Soy Sauce? That's all I remember other than it had wonderful food!

Tom (:macwave:... who never met a meal he didn't like!)

Possibly....

All I remember was it was lovely and had nice shady seating areas and I was so sad when it changed. :(