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This month Walt Dis­ney World turns 45. Imag­ine that. Forty- Five years what a ride.

Since Oc­to­ber 1, 1971 Walt Dis­ney World has been thrilling guests. Through the years at­trac­tions have come and gone. Some, are easily for­got­ten, some, still have large fol­low­ings. We thought it would be fun to look at the things at Walt Dis­ney World that are no longer with us.

Wel­come to the “Gone But Not For­got­ten at WDW” is­sue.

It's a great big beau­ti­ful to­mor­row…

This month our fea­ture ar­ti­cles go decade by decade and look at the at­trac­tions that opened in that decade and have now closed. We start with the 1970’s and the clos­ing of clas­sic rides like Mr. Toad and not so well know rides like the Swan Boats.

We keep go­ing all the way through the 2010’s and yes, there a sev­eral at­trac­tions that opened in the 2010’s that have al­ready closed like the short- lived Tan­gle Play and Greet.

Wow, the nos­tal­gia. What a fun trip down mem­ory lane.

In this month’s Help­ing Hands sec­tion we look at the clas­sic at­trac­tions that are not to be missed. We take a look at if it makes sense to splurge on Sig­na­ture Restau­rants. Then since fall is here we talk about what to pack for the “cold” months of the year in Or­lando. ( Yes, it does get cold some­times.)

Have you ever talked to Mickey? Has he ever talked back? This month our Best of WDW At­trac­tion is Talk­ing Mickey. Yes, Mickey talks but only at 1 lo­ca­tion. The re­sort of the month this month is one of my fa­vorites, the Wilder­ness Lodge.

Speak­ing of sig­na­ture restau­rants the num­ber one sig­na­ture restau­rant at Walt Dis­ney World is Vic­to­ria and Al­bert’s, which is our restau­rant of the month this month. Fi­nally our gift shop is Zuri’s Sweets Shop. Yummy.

Sec­tion k! is al­ways fun. This month is just fun. Wally D is flit­ting around as al­ways. The Parks Kids are still sing­ing. Our Bring the Magic Home this month makes Dis­ney Princess Sil­hou­ette Prints. That’s sure to be fun. Be sure to down­load the word search, puz­zle and col­or­ing sheet for the kids.

What at­trac­tions do you miss most from each decade? That’s our WDW Fanzone poll ques­tion. I think some of the an­swers might just sur­prise you. ( Or not.)

Speak­ing of yummy recipes, Ok, maybe we weren’t but we are now. This month’s recipe of the month is the Maui Scal­loped Potatoes from ‘ Ohana. Oh, I’ve got to try some of those.

Then we look at some Clas­sic Vin­ly­ma­tions fol­lowed by the Photo of the Month con­test win­ners.

Judd Helms, one of the pho­tog­ra­phers on our Photo Team, takes a bunch of pic­tures of the mono­rail ev­ery time he vis­its. We’ve taken the best of those and made them into a SPE­CIAL Re­port to honor the 45th an­niver­sary of the Walt Dis­ney World Mono­rail. This one is very spe­cial.

There’s a lot go­ing on at Walt Dis­ney World. It’s Oc­to­ber and that’s means, cel­e­bra­tions, ghosts and gob­lins are all about.

In Around the World this month we start out by look­ing at the lat­est news from WDW. Then it’s time for a trip down Main Street on the Main Street Trol­ley. Af­ter that Did You Know who the first guests were in Walt Dis­ney World? That and other fun facts are dis­cussed in our Did You Know ar­ti­cle.

We wrap up all the fun with a big month in Dis­ney his­tory. Prob­a­bly the big­gest ever. And then we take a trip over to en­emy ter­ri­tory and visit the Hard Rock Café, the largest Hard Rock Café in the world!

That ought to keep you busy for a while.

Carl Trent, Pub­lisher

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