How Did We Get Here: Magic Kingdom

By: Amy Kawa

I find myself asking that question a lot when walking around the Disney Parks.  Even as a youngster, only in my 20s, I can walk past several attractions and remember the ones that once stood in their place.  Some of these attractions I miss dearly, others were easier to let go, and still others I wish I knew were going to close before they did so I could experience them one last time.

As the dubbed “Disney addict” of essentially every group I’m in, I tend to get the question, “Hey, what year did Pirates of the Caribbean open?” or “What ride was here before the Laugh Floor, again?”  So, I decided to sift through a few books and websites to compile a timeline of the Magic Kingdom.  You will find some conflicting dates for some attractions in various sources, so I tried to go with the majority.  The first pages of dates represents when the current rides in the Magic Kingdom opened and the second set shows the journey of the attractions from 1971 to the present.

Over time, we will expand upon some of our favorite attractions of old, but for now, let us know in the comments which of these attractions you miss most!

Click here to view the the timelines for the Magic Kingdom.

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