Monday, June 13, 2011


There are many great websites that feature Walt Disney World travel planning and information, but there are few that highlight the amazing history of the the number one vacation spot in the world.  While listening to a recent WDW Radio podcast by Lou Mongello, I learned of a great site for Disney enthusiasts. It is called While a majority of the site is dedicated to the long and storied history of Disneyland, there are several sections that specifically focus on Walt Disney World. was started back in 1995 by a gentleman named Werner Weiss.  As Werner describes on his website, he had a bunch of old color slides of Disneyland from the 1960s and 1970s of attractions that were no longer there.  Werner  had the slides digitized and wrote about the attractions as if they had been moved to a park called Yesterland.  This site became a huge hit as it was one of the very first dedicated to Disneyland.  It actually came online prior to the official Disneyland site!

Over the past 15 years, Werner has posted hundreds of "photo essays" all about the history of both current and extinct attractions.  Since Yesterlands beginnings, he has expanded his articles to include Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, Disney Vacation Club and Disney Imagineering.  As I am first and foremost a fan of the Florida property, I find the Walt Disney World writings to be the most interesting.  I have learned a great deal from browsing this site and it is obvious that Werner enjoys taking us down memory lane.

My favorite articles are found under the section labeled "Yester World."  This is where we find most of the postings related to Walt Disney World.  I have to say that I love the photo essays entitled "Magic Kingdom Then/Now." These articles include amazing photography showing different parts of the Magic Kingdom.  Each section has a picture of the "old days" with its corresponding current picture displayed right below.  Werner points out the differences in each era in explicit detail.  It is amazing to see how much the park has changed, especially in the foliage.  This is the only website that I've found that highlights the changes to the parks using this style of comparative photography.  These are interesting and nostalgic articles that are really fun to browse, especially by long time visitors to Walt Disney World.

Although my primary interest lies in the sections about Walt Disney World, focuses a great deal on the evolution of Disneyland.  I have very little knowledge of Disneyland's past and I find these articles to be quite enlightening.  I'm sure that anyone who has spent any time in the California parks will really enjoy the articles and photographs related to Walt's original creation in Anaheim.  Whether you are a fan of Disneyland or Walt Disney World, I can't recommend enough.  It is truly a site that should be saved in the bookmarks of all Disney park enthusiasts!

Have a Disneyriffic day and remember to keep moving forward.  See ya real soon!

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