Widen Your World.
WidenYourWorld.net describes itself as "a restful haven for Walt Disney World's deceased, deferred and deflowered." In other words, it is a great place to learn about extinct attractions. Created by Mike Lee over 15 years ago, this site was the first one dedicated to Walt Disney World history. Growing up just outside the gates of "The World," he experienced the amazing transformation of Central Florida into the number one vacation destination in the country. In his younger days, Mike was even a cast member, and one of his rolls was that of a Haunted Mansion butler. Like many of us, he has great reverence for the early years of Walt Disney World. This is part of the reason he created Widen Your World. Mike also wanted to preserve the legacy of the classic attractions that are no longer there. There aren't many places we can go to learn about some of these lost treasures, but this website is a great resource.
The focus of WidenYourWorld.net are the extinct attractions from the 1971 to 1986 era which includes Magic Kingdom and EPCOT Center. In Mikes opinion, these were the best years of Walt Disney World and he isn't a huge fan of today's version. Although I agree that there are many things that I greatly miss from the old days, there are just as many new attractions that I really enjoy. However, Mike is the perfect "historian" to bring us back in time and his passion for the original Walt Disney World really is apparent.
WidenYourWorld.net is truly a treasure for all fans of Walt Disney World history. If you ever wondered about the stories behind attractions that are now extinct, you simply must visit this site. However, make sure you set time aside because you may find yourself on Widen Your World for hours!
Have a Disneyriffic day and remember to keep moving forward. See ya real soon!