Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Eastern Winds

More from the July 1972 issue of Walt Disney World News:

There isn't so much information about the Eastern Winds, but it's interesting to note that in 1972, with Caribbean Plaza and Tom Sawyer Island still a year and a half away, the Walt Disney Story still almost a year away, and Space Mountain and most of Tomorrowland still not fully ready for another three years, Disney's two biggest new advertised attractions were the Water Ski Show and the World Cruise. Although the Water Ski Show is fairly well documented, the World Cruise was an afternoon use of the two Magic Kindgom sidewheeler riverboats which still run from the TTC to to park. It was a narrated trip to Treasure Island and cost a whole separate ticket!


Unknown said...

The World Cruise didn't use the boats currently on the Seven Seas Lagoon.

"There were actually two side-wheel steamers named the "Southern Seas" The original "Southern Seas" was retired in 1975 and scrapped in 1977. The "Ports of Call" was retired in 1982 and scrapped in 1984. The second "Southern Seas" was built in 1977 after the scrapping of the first. After the opening of Epcot in the 1980s the boat wasn't used as much. It was used for midnight cruises, and for trips to and from the World Cruise dock to Discovery Island. But in 1997, it was deemed unnecessary and was taken out to a hill behind dry dock and scrapped after 20 years of service."

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