Monday, June 29, 2015

Disney in 1980: A Trip Through Time

By Keith Mahne

You hear me say it all the time, "wouldn't it be great if we could travel back in time and experience the Parks in a whole new way?" As you ponder the question, let's travel back to the Disney Parks of 1980. It was a great year for both Parks as Disneyland was celebrating it's 25th anniversary and Walt Disney World's 10th celebration was starting to take place as well. Let's take a look around each Park in today's new article...

(Please be sure to pause the Disney Avenue Music Player in the top left-hand corner of this page if you are on a desktop computer prior to playing the videos below.)

Let's begin with this wonderful home video of Disneyland from 1980:

Up next is some 8mm footage of Disneyland's Fantasyland in 1980 prior to the New Fantasyland expansion of 1983:

Check out this great 1980 super-8 footage of the Disneyland 25th Anniversary Parade:

Lastly, we end our trip of the Disney Parks in 1980 with this home movie also shot on super-8 and with full live audio of Walt Disney World. Notice how similar the parade was to Disneyland's at the time:

Although we can't actually travel back in time, these wonderful home videos offer a wonderful sense of nostalgia and ability to transport us mentally to the old days filled with that Disney Magic we all love. I hope you enjoyed these videos as much as I have and, if so, tell us all about it in the comments below! What was your favorite part? 

Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four.

Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.

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