The Lost World
A Tribute to the Lost Rides and Shows of Walt Disney World

One of my favorite shows was the Kitchen Kabaret in the Land

It featured a very well produced show, with some corny jokes, but good music. The show featured more of a 40's music theme, with all of the food taking various singing parts. Around 1993, they replaced it with Food Rocks, which has more of a contemporary music theme, and has no real plot or purpose. At least the Kitchen Kabaret had a good message to give, but I find Food Rocks to be completely pointless.

Disney World has had a wonderful tradition of many great parades coming down Main Street at all times of the day.... Main Street Electric Parade ......Need I say more. But, my favorite parade was the Mickey Mania parade, which just ended its run before the 25th Anniversary parade began. It had great music, good fun, and it was a genuinely exciting parade. I loved the music to the parade, and can remember walking through Tomorrowland singing, "Yo Mickey, Kick it, You've got the ticket........M-O-U-S-E...." Even today every once in a while I'll break out into it just for the heck of it.

But there have been other parades, like their 15th Anniversary parade. That was a really good parade also. It had a great theme song, the refrain of which had a great message, "15 years and we're having a party.....the party's just begun." I can't remember the other parade they had inbetween of that one and the 20th anniversary parade. But I really remember that the Surprise Celebration parade (the 20th anniversary parade) was really exciting. Actually, I think they handled their 20th better than their 25th. I haven't been down there to tell how the 25th is, but from what I've seen, it doesn't look all that exciting. The 20th anniversary had all types of different exciting things going on. I remember the feeling of excitement I had hearing them count down "10 9 8......3 2 1...SURPRISE," and I really was surprised. The parade's theme wasn't that catchy, but it was fun, and made for a really exciting experience. Another great element of the 20th anniversary was the air show they held every day over the World Showcase. Every day, mini-gliders flew high in the sky, along with kites, and fireworks, and this during the middle of the day. It all culminated with the blowing up of gigantic baloons around all the countries, each wearing the clothing of that specific country. That celebration was wonderful
But, another great and entirely entertaining parade was their Alladin parade in the Disney-Mgm Studios. It was very funny, and had a very satarical feel to it, which was a change of pace from their normal parades. Some of the elements that helped to make it different from some of the other parades were the spitting camels, and Jafar walking up the street with Iago in his trash can, sweeping up after the parade. That was funny. And that just about covers all of the parades that I can remember.

Way before Mickey's Toontown, a number of shows came in Mickey's Birthdayland and Mickey's Starland. The Birthdayland show wasn't that great, but at least it had all of the farmiliar characters...Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto. The one that came after that was Mickey's Character Carnivale,

and this was where they began going downhill. From here on out, the show featured characters from the Disney Afternoon, and Mickey, and it turned into just a 20 minute advertisement for the Disney Afternoon. I am so glad that they finally decided to add Toontown to the park, because that land needed something, and I mean SOMETHING.

I've heard different stories about this restaurant. The Oddessy restaurant lies right in between of the ride formerly known as The World of Motion, and the Mexico pavillion. When I was there last, it was closed down, and it seemed like it would remained closed forever. But, I have heard that they are either going to overhaul it, or it has been opened up because that area is now lacking in viable attractions with the closing down of the World of Motion. Anyway, a show took place at the high point of the restaurant every day. It was very short and involved all of the typical characters singing and dancing around a very small stage.

The high point of the show was when the characters came dancing around the tables and waved hello to all the little kids and gave them hugs. The show had many different incarnations, but when I was there it was known as Mickey's Kitchen Celebration, and it will be sorely missed in that area if they do decide not to reopen the restaurant, with the show in tact. It was nice, and it was never crowded, and it was a genuinely nice break during the hot afternoon.

The saddest story that can be told is that of The Universe of Energy. The Universe of Energy was exciting, interesting, and loud. Sure, it wasn't that great during a rainstorm, and it sometimes left you stranded in the dark with a very loud Space Shuttle exploding into space on the screen, leaving you begging God that you'll still be able to hear upon exiting the ride. But, it didn't need to be replaced. Well, ok.... technically, it wasn't replaced, but simply modified. But, look at who they modified it with.....Ellen. What in the name of God does she know about energy. Oh, wait, I know...She knows how to make everyone lose their energy as they wait for this utterly HORRIBLE RIDE TO END. Sorry, now that I've gotten that off my chest.....

My favorite ride of all time in the park formerly known as Epcot Center was Horizons, which for now is open until the Test Track is ready, and then it will close down permanently, unfortunately, to make way for their new space pavillion. Horizons,

featured some wonderful special effects, including the opening walk through showing you cities of the future, and the ending of the ride, which feautred you choosing which passage way you wanted to take back to the future.

One of my favorite scenes, which actually scared me when I was very young, was the gigantic Imax screens that you passed by as you hung from your car, which featured different computer animations and video. The kicker was that as you moved along, your sense of motion was fooled and you actually felt like you were moving along with the action on the screen. It scared the crap out of me when I was a kid. I though I was going to be pulled into the screen.

Is it just me, or did MGM have another Muppet Show at one time called Meet the Muppets. It was housed in the theater that now houses Voyage of the Little Mermaid, and while it wasn't that good, it was a first step in introducing the Muppets to Disney World. After Mermaid opened up, it moved to a special stage built near Muppetvision 4-d, where it played for another year or so. Then it closed for good. It featured live action Muppet characters, rather than a screen or robot show, and had a few songs, but nothing really special or memorable.

Another one of my favorites was always the World of Motion. I mean doesn't Epcot have enough thrill rides now. It can use a nice, leisurely paced ride like the World of Motion. Not that the Test Track doesn't sound cool. Well, anyway,

The World of Motion consisted of one innovation that was great. You boarded your cars, similar to those used in Spaceship Earth, and then you were taken outside the building, and lifted up and around into the actual ride. From then on, a history of motion was given, culminating with you being led off to the post show area. There, there were two great shows, "Bird and the Robot," and a show about future engines that GM was designing. Unfortunately, I doubt that we'll see those coming back once the Test Track opens up.

When MGM first opened, their studio tour was about thirty minutes longer, and it took you everywhere. It took you into the sound studios, post production pre production, etc. They stopped that, at first, because Pee-wee Herman was the announcer for it, and at that time he was involved in a scandal. It was expected that part of the tour would reopen later with another taped host, but it never did. It was a big loss too, because it really made you feel like MGM was a real working studio, and not just another theme park.

Tomorrowland was probably the last place in Disney World to retain a 70's flair, which I felt added to the flavor. It was as though we were looking at the future from the eyes of the past.

I used to love strolling through tomorrowland, looking up at the tall white structures, and eating at my favorite place of all, the Tomorrowland Terrace, which, Thank God, was still open on my last visit. The Terrace is adjacent to the theater which formerly housed America The Beautiful, and Main Street. It is a great place to watch the parades and the fireworks. But, that is better said in my Disney Memories section.

One of the shows that I don't remember, probably because it was pulled out years before I was born, was the Mickey Mouse Review, which basically consisted of audio-animatronic versions of our favorite characters doing what they do best.
If I remember correctly, the Mickey Mouse Review was supposedly housed in the theater that currently houses The Legend of the Lion King. That holds a lot of history. I seem to remember going to see a Mickey Mouse show there when I was very young, that had the characters live, rather than using robots. Then for a while, it remained empty, used for changing clothes, and storage. Then they opened up a 3-d theater there, and showed Magic Journeys, originally presented in Epcot's Journey into Imagination, for a while. That was a great show because the theater was so big, and because the pre-show was a 3-d Donald Duck cartoon.

Also, not that it is dearly missed, but Captain Eo was a very well produced film, and proved to be vastly more visually stunning than Honey, I Shrunk the Audience. Its problem came with the star of the show, Michael Jackson. When the show first hit Imagination (and the Space Mountain theater in Disneyland) it was quite popular. But this was before Jackson went through multiple legal proceedings concerning his fascination with younger people (I shall leave it at that) But, also, Jackson is quite feminine, and was a somewhat unbelievable spaceship captain. Had it not been for Jackson, it could have been a hit. But, Disney and George Lucas decided that they wanted to cash in on Jackson's popularity, and to create a musical sci-fi piece. Captain Eo replaced Magic Journeys in the Magic Eye Theater in Journey into Imagination, and was itself replaced by the 3-d Honey Movie. Both movies involve(d) a 4-d type of experience, with the audience participating in the fun.

What about the Mission to Mars, that was a great ride....

I really enjoyed it because it was somewhat of a simulator without being a simulator. It had a screen on the top and on the bottom, and while not that exciting, it did feature possibly the most well known unknown audio animatronic character ever. What do I mean by that? Well, I'm sure all of you have seen Star Wars, and you all recognize the name Wedge, but what did Wedge do. He is an unknown character to Star Wars, like Mr. Tom Morrow is a unknown character to Tomorrowland, and all of Disney World.

There are two places you can still hear Mr. Tom Morrow's name mentioned. He's mentioned on the ride formerly known as the WEDway Peoplemover, and he is mentioned every once in a while in the pre-show of the Alien Encounter, which by the way is the building that once housed the Mission to Mars.

Some of my favorite shows are the Circle Vision 360 shows. One of the better ones was America the Beautiful, the second 360 movie to be housed in the Tomorrowland Theater.

It was your standard Circle Vision movie, with some of the most beautiful scenery ever. But, I have to admit, Timekeeper is so much more better. I love the ending when you drive through futuristic Paris.

The last thing that I want to discuss is the Communicore. I loved the communicores so much more than Innoventions. I think that while Innoventions is interesting, it is too dark, and only serves to advertise for their sponsors. Sure, there were advertisements in the Communicores, but they weren't as blatant as they are in Innoventions. One of my favorite sections was the ATT, pictured below,

because it had a guy that spoke to you on a screen that could tell you about where you lived and pop up pictures behind him based on popular landmarks that you're close to.

(Added 7/24/97)What about 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which has been closed indefinately at Walt Disney World. That was an exciting ride, and I can remember as a kid, being led down into this submarine, and I really believed that we were going under, as I looked out through my little Porthole. Aaah, memories.

(Added 7/24/97)mgraves@mindspring.com reminded me, not only of the above attraction, but of my favorite place in the entire park, which was closed down by my last visit. That place was the Main Street Magic Shop. It was incredible, and I can remember spending twenties at a time, just buying little rinky-dink magic tricks and books on how to do a million and one tricks with one deck of cards. They, of course, replaced it with a store that sells sports clothing and clothing like Polo Shirts and Pants with the Mickey logo. I'd like to know what kind of weed the guy was smoking that suggested that the Magic Shop be pulled out, and, I hope he was fired long ago. Wait, I bet you he was the same guy responsible for the renovation of Epcot.

This one will be put down as perhaps the strangest lost anything to be found on my page. Diznee39@aol.com, wrote to me the other day, and requested that I mention one of his favorite guys, the Tomorrowland Terrace Synthesizer Man. He was a guy that used to play music, and take requests, back when the only night club action that could be found in Walt Disney World (other than the Contemporary) was to be found in Tomorrowland.

In the spot where Discovery Island now lies was Treasure Island.

Similar to Discovery Island in almost every way, this attraction would have been themed more towards the famous Disney film of the samd title, had it ever gotten off land. But, a bird sanctuary was a much better choice. By the way, Discovery Island is a nice break in between of your trip to Disney World. It is almost never crowded, and is a nice place to spend an hour or two.

I know that I've missed a lot, so please help me out. I need info first and foremost on the night show that was at Epcot before Illuminations. Second, I need info on the 360 show that preceeded America The Beautiful. Anything that I've missed, please write me.

Special Thanks to:
jg5515@aol.com --for reminding me that the name of the Muppets live show was Meet the Muppets
mgraves@mindspring.com --for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the Magic Shop
Diznee39@aol.com --for the Tomorrowland Terrace Synthesizer Guy


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