Walt Disney World
A History in Postcards, now it can be told ....or can it ?
Any postcard web page of Disney theme park postcards is bound to make Disney theme park fans think of the
one book dedicated to Disney theme park post Cards
Disneyland: the Nickel Tour. If only because they share the common link of using postcards to
illustrate Disney theme park history.
That large comprehensive beautifully illustrated tome is my favorite among
all the Disney Theme park related books . The "nickel" in their title refers to the 5¢ price of post cards
in Disneylands' early years.
The opinion has been expressed
that such a volume dedicated to the story of Walt Disney World would be
very difficult to produce indeed.
Mostly the argument goes that there have been so many different types of WDW
postcards in so many different categories that it would be....well
actually that where my understanding of the difficulty breaks down.
Is it just that there have been so many
Disney resort produced cards and off site cards that many of those would be hard to track down?
I don't think that the hard part of such a book would be in the core, park related, cards. At least not
compared to Disneyland which had so many different card numbering systems over the years (
some of which had many different views with the same number on the back of the card).
Certainly the recent years have seen a
much larger number of cards in a greater number of venues.
I mean there are four theme parks as compared to the pair
in California, plus three water parks a sports complex and
an ever increasing number of resorts .
Also, where do you draw the line ? Do you include the cards for the various Disney resorts (Disneyland hotel cards
were included in the Nickel Tour) ? What about pictures taken in the parks but printed on cards
not sold by Disney, most of these pictures are of characters and my favorite example of this commonly
found in souvenir shops at hotels around just off Disney property is a picture actually taken at
Disneyland not WDW. So you see it could get a bit complicated indeed.
Maybe though...just maybe this complexity, with lots of things that you would be unsure
of or learning as you write the pages, is an argument *for* writing doing this
project as a web page which can be updated and improved as new information comes in. So
I will begin this attempt. Maybe those of you who know more about these cards, or about the other
questions they make me raise as I post new cards can
add to the information on these pages as the folks listed below have
Without the input of these fine people these pages wouldn't have much of the great information that has turned up:
for his assistance with information and the card scan for FL-028.
Also, with information on pre-opening merchandise.
and art for many of the pre-opening cards that never were!
( #radp-friends nickname tiggerfan) for information
regarding the ferryboats and (side wheel) excursion steamers.
Captain Matt of the WDW watercraft department
for his detailed information on the ferryboats
and (side wheel) excursion steamers, cruisers, and launches.
Thanks to Robert Mason for his scan of a 5 x 7 size card of Dixie Landings.
Thanks to Deb Koma for her scan of a Ft Wilderness survey card.
Thanks to Melissa Withers for one of the actual Ft Wilderness survey card.
Thanks to Gary A. Kecskes for
information on the use of the preview center building, from
Walt Disney Worlds opening through the 1990s.
Thanks to Kevin
"NJ postcard guy" Hughes for information on, and scans of,
several cards I do not have.
I also want to thank Kevin, along with Tom De Luca, and Ted Michuad for just
being one of those guys I swap my conjectures about cards back and forth with.
Tom and Ted have also supplied me with quite a few cards as well, often in
areas I have yet to write, though at least Ted's cards have
started to turn up in the appendices (especially 2005's).
Thanks to Martin Smith for some great vintage photos on two different pages:
images of the original Admiral Joe Fowler Sternwheeler the first chapters Frontierland page.
and, of the Magic Kingdom II on the page about the excursion
Also Thanks to Becky Gray, and Tom Deluca, Tom was the one who staarted the
postcard booklet variants spread sheet and has helped me understand more
about the variations on the backs of the cards, icons, inks, copyrights,
than anyone else, Becky has been a big help with postcard booklet questions
I've tosssed her way including the
order of those cards in that first Fort Wilderness booklet.