Friday, October 26, 2012

DDW Pic 423. Old Frontierland Railroad Station

Old Frontierland Railroad Station
Although I usually post pictures from recent tours that I've given, tonight I decided to go old school. While recently watching an old home video of a Walt Disney World trip from 1984, I caught a glimpse of something that I didn't immediately recognize. For a few seconds, the old Frontierland Railroad Station was in view. Although this is a grainy photo that I snapped off the video, I though it would still be a fun one to post. This station opened in May of 1972, only seven months after the Magic Kingdom opened. For more than 18 years, there was a very large grassy area in front and to the right of the station. Can you guess what sits on this spot now? If you guessed Splash Mountain, you know your Magic Kingdom geography. Splash Mountain opened on October 2nd, 1992 and filled in the gigantic open area that once sat between the railroad station and Big Thunder Mountain. The new railroad was built in between Splash and Thunder and is basically attached to Splash Mountain. When watching these old videos, it is amazing how much the landscape has changed over the years. Incidentally, the "cool" 12 year old kid in this shot, with the mesh Mickey Mouse hat and the Yankees tee shirt, is yours truly.

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