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Old 07-17-2007, 03:15 PM
 
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I just discovered a neat website detailing a lot of old parks and attractions that used to be in Florida. Very interesting!

Florida's Lost Tourist Attractions
I remember a lot of those places and was at many of them. Looking at them tells me how times really have changed. When I was a kid my dad would load everybody in the station wagon we would just take off for the weekend. Head out to Silver Springs, Cypress Gardens, Weeki Wachee springs or any of a dozen other places. It was cheap there were all kinds of camp grounds to stop at is was great. You didn't need some ridiculous contrived thing like WDW to entertain you. You had family outing almost every week just a few hours away in Florida in those days. I don't really think it just remembering the good old days, it really was fun and seems to be a thing of the past. Nothing was better then loading in the station wagon and going to a drive in. Times sure have changed.
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Old 07-17-2007, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Living in Paradise
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Although we love WDW, Florida has so much to offer other then Disney.

I personally believe that Disney does not do enough for the state of Florida for what it has done for them.

Now if you took the beaches/natural beauty out of Florida, it would be just another state. WDW would leave, people will still come.

.... My FIL could have bought the land/swamp Disney is sitting on long before Disney bought it for 25.00 per acre !! Turned it down to move to Ohio.
Bad move !!!

Everything goes hand in hand I with all the traveling I do from Ohio to Fla, I would still be there without WDW.

Agree, excellent post...
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Old 07-17-2007, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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Anyone remember the Miami wax museum, Ocean World, the Serpentarium, the pioneer museum, cypress knee museum, those tacky miniature golf parks, gator attractions, or the "old fashioned" car and farm exibits? Another place I remember fondly was Hialeah race track. Yes the drive ins, like Coral Way with it's "air conditioning"! Tropicare and Dixie drive-ins were beautiful to look at. As a kid I remember Florida having a friendly character instead of the third world haves/have nots of today.

Before Disney all of Florida was the attraction.
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Old 07-18-2007, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville,Florida
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Anyone remember the Miami wax museum, Ocean World, the Serpentarium, the pioneer museum, cypress knee museum, those tacky miniature golf parks, gator attractions, or the "old fashioned" car and farm exibits? Another place I remember fondly was Hialeah race track. Yes the drive ins, like Coral Way with it's "air conditioning"! Tropicare and Dixie drive-ins were beautiful to look at. As a kid I remember Florida having a friendly character instead of the third world haves/have nots of today.

Before Disney all of Florida was the attraction.
I agree with you on that last statement.
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Old 07-19-2007, 09:10 PM
 
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I've lived in Southern California for over 35 years and have been a Disneyland passholder for the last 15 years. There is a chance we will relocate to Tampa soon and I am looking forward to WDW. Yes, Disney is a big empire but I know there is lots of 'dirt' behind many many big corporations. I love to see the imagination at work in Disney theme parks and movies. Yes, I've seen many beautiful natural wonders in the West (Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, etc.) and fully enjoy them. But I can appreciate the fruition of Walt Disney's dream of building a 'magical' place where entire families could go and be entertained. There are many tips to help make park visits more enjoyable and affordable (like MouseForLess.com and other sites). While I'm not a FL native, I'm thankful that Walt had the inspiration to design Epcot in FL, even if it didn't exactly become the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. I will always love the Disney 'magic' and am sorry to hear that others think of them as 'evil.'
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Old 07-19-2007, 10:18 PM
 
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I've lived in Southern California for over 35 years and have been a Disneyland passholder for the last 15 years. There is a chance we will relocate to Tampa soon and I am looking forward to WDW. Yes, Disney is a big empire but I know there is lots of 'dirt' behind many many big corporations. I love to see the imagination at work in Disney theme parks and movies. Yes, I've seen many beautiful natural wonders in the West (Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, etc.) and fully enjoy them. But I can appreciate the fruition of Walt Disney's dream of building a 'magical' place where entire families could go and be entertained. There are many tips to help make park visits more enjoyable and affordable (like MouseForLess.com and other sites). While I'm not a FL native, I'm thankful that Walt had the inspiration to design Epcot in FL, even if it didn't exactly become the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. I will always love the Disney 'magic' and am sorry to hear that others think of them as 'evil.'
I was at WDW the day, I think it is called Thunder Mountain opened and we were like the second group of people to ride it. It broke down half way through the the ride and we sat there for like half an hour. Finally they came and took us off the ride and took us down through the mountain and back stage so to speak. We ended up getting a backstage tour for more then an hour. I have to say that was the most fun I ever had a WDW. Another time we got locked in the park we stayed so late. They had to crank up the monorail to take us to the parking lot and drove us to our car to be sure nothing happened to us. That was a lot of years ago, things have changed, I can't stand the place anymore.

You mentioned the Grand Canyon, my wife and I have hiked the Grand Canyon as well as in the Alps. Hard to compare WDW to that. We were almost killed in the Alps by the way, we were on the verge of freezing to death when we were rescued. Real life is way more exciting then pretend. I guess everybody wants to see a Disney park at least once though.

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Old 07-19-2007, 10:50 PM
 
Location: On my way to FLA baby !!
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The only issue I can think of with WDW is whe they took out my fav pizza place and replaced it with the lo mein noodle bowl.

When I asked why did they take out Pizza, I was told the "crowd" was begging for Chinese Food of some type and they felt it would be better then Pizza. When I asked what crown is that, he told me the vast asian visitors to WDW demanded food they love, lo mein. Holy crap, you gotta be kidding me.
Next they will replace that huge turkey leg with refried bean bowls....

You gotta be kidding me!! Lo Mein over Pizza.................

Who is screwing who I figured. I figured if anyone especially foreigners want the lo mein then they should have to walk to the back of WDW to get it and put my damn pizza back at the front like it was.


Thanks Sunrico, I really feel WDW should invest in Florida as all of us bring in huge tax dollars to the state through WDW and I am sure WDW gets allot of perks no other business gets.
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Old 07-20-2007, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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We have been to Disney World six times in the past six years and I could tell you I would not step foot in Florida that many times (or at all) if it wasn't there. Each trip cost a small fortune but to us it was worth it. The kids love it and have a lot to see and do. What else is there in Flrorida that a family would want to do over and over? I can visit nice beaches here. I can see beautiful landscapes here. I can visit the aquariums here. Maybe we would go once to see what Florida has but not multiple times. And I know that most families that visit WDW would say the same thing. Jay
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Old 07-20-2007, 01:56 PM
 
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We have been to Disney World six times in the past six years and I could tell you I would not step foot in Florida that many times (or at all) if it wasn't there. Each trip cost a small fortune but to us it was worth it. The kids love it and have a lot to see and do. What else is there in Flrorida that a family would want to do over and over? I can visit nice beaches here. I can see beautiful landscapes here. I can visit the aquariums here. Maybe we would go once to see what Florida has but not multiple times. And I know that most families that visit WDW would say the same thing. Jay
Yep, most people I know here moved to Florida to be close to or work for Disney. If WDW were not here they would never have moved here. I wonder why anyone would want to live in Central Florida if they did not love Disney and the theme parks. It is such a huge part of life here.
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Old 07-20-2007, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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Yep, most people I know here moved to Florida to be close to or work for Disney. If WDW were not here they would never have moved here. I wonder why anyone would want to live in Central Florida if they did not love Disney and the theme parks. It is such a huge part of life here.
Florida has alot to offer and to me Disney is not a priority. The natural beauty of the ocean and beaches are an attraction, to me Disney is a negative.

I could care less about commercialism and tourist traps. Then again I prefer traveling in Europe.
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