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What Walt Disney World Was Like When Today’s College Freshmen Were Born

Close your eyes. Imagine a magical place where anything is possible—where dreams come true. That place is Walt Disney World, and that time is the late 1990s.

A lot has changed in Orlando since that time, but it’s still as timeless as ever. Hop on board, keep your hands, arms, feet, and legs inside the blog at all times, and join us as we take a small peek at what “The Most Magical Place on Earth” was like when today’s college freshman were born.

 

The 25th Birthday Celebration Was Underway
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1996 was a magical year to celebrate a very special birthday! The only thing missing above is a giant birthday cake. Where is the giant birthday cake?!

 

THERE’S THE CAKE!
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18 stories of frosty, sugary, delicious, magical cake. Sorry, friends—this cake was not edible. But it does look yum.

 

Also There Was “Remember the Magic”
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To cap off the celebration, “Remember the Magic” breezed its way down Main Street U.S.A. If we had three wishes, rest assured that one of them would be to be there with our pal Genie.

 

The Keel Boats Were a Thing
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And boy, were they adorable.

 

Journey Into Imagination Was Capturing Guests… Imaginations
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Oh, Dreamfinder. Oh, Figment. You inspired our imaginations like none other.

 

Ellen’s Energy Adventure Opened At EPCOT
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And we’ve been obsessed ever since.
Bill Nye the Science Guy, Ellen DeGeneres And Dinosaurs
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What more do you need?

 

Alien Encounter Crash Landed in Tomorrowland
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Good news: it was quite nicely air conditioned.

 

AHHHHH!
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Bad news: IT WAS TERRIFYING.

 

Work it, Dad
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Fanny packs, stripes, and smiles were totally in fashion (and in our opinion, always will be).

 

What are some of your retro Walt Disney World memories? Tell us in the comments!

Posted 4 years Ago
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