Dining at 1975 Disney World Resorts

It’s 1975 and you’re vacationing at Walt Disney World.  It’s a beautiful evening and time to choose another special place to dine.

At this time Disney World had just one theme park – Magic Kingdom, and three resorts – Contemporary, Polynesian Village and Ft. Wilderness Campgrounds.  The lesser-known Golf Resort was open as well but because of its out-of-the-way location was rarely included with the other hotels.

Choosing a place for dining at 1975 Disney World resorts was just as overwhelming as it is today. So many delicious and fun-themed places to dine.   One of my personal favorites was dining in the Grand Canyon Concourse in the Contemporary Resort.  What great fun sitting there eating while watching the different colored monorails glide through the tower and occasionally be visited by a Disney character. Much like it is today. If you preferred a more elegant setting, there was French dining at the Towers, on the 2nd floor of the Contemporary.

Contemporary Resort, Grand Canyon Concourse, Walt Disney World 19070's

Contemporary Resort, Grand Canyon Concourse 1970’s

Even in its beginning, Disney World had great food and entertainment.  Upstairs on the top floor of the Contemporary was the Top of the World dinner show (with a dance floor) and the best view in the “World.”  The 15th floor was all glass and looked out at Seven Seas Lagoon, Polynesian Village Resort and Magic Kingdom.  A view of evening fireworks was the cherry on top!  The show featured well-known entertainers of the time like The King Sisters, Mel Torme, and Phyllis McGuire.  (If you know these entertainers, you’re well over 21!)  Gentlemen were required to wear coats to dine here and, oh beware, there was a $5 cover charge.

Top of the World, Contemporary Resort, Walt Disney World 1970's

Top of the World at Contemporary Resort

If the flavors and excitement of the South Seas called to you then dining at the Polynesian’s Papeete Bay Verandah was a good choice. An even more exotic choice was the South Seas Luaus on the Polynesian Village beach.  It included a sunset, cocktails, dinner and the Kaui Pono Polynesian Revue show topped off by Fantasy in the Sky fireworks.  The cost – $10 per person.

Disney's Polynesian Luau 1970's (Pin By AJ)

Disney’s Polynesian Luau 1970’s (Pin By AJ)

The other Disney dinner show was at Ft. Wilderness Campgrounds at Pioneer Hall – the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue.  It holds the record of the longest running dinner show in American history.  Buckets of fried chicken and ribs with all the fixins’ was served along with a fun, high energy, interactive musical show.  It’s still going strong today!  I saw it again last year and it’s still a great evening.

Disney's Ft. Wilderness Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue (by wdwinfo), Walt Disney World

Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue (by wdwinfo)

Hope you enjoyed my visit back to dining at 1975 Disney World resorts.  I’ve been to them all and every one was a wonderful experience.  There’s no way I could choose a favorite.  Which one would you choose?


F. G. Mama

About the author…F. G. Mama, Katie McDill, has been in love with Walt Disney World since first entering the gates in 1976. After her two kids went off to college, she moved from Georgia to the backdoor of the Magic Kingdom in Florida. She worked several years at Walt Disney World performing as Fairy Godmother in day parades, the “Best of Disney” castle stage show, and the original Electric Light Parade. For the last ten years, she along with daughter and family, have enjoyed “living the dream” in Celebration (the town that Disney built) just across the bridge from Disney World. During this time she has collaborated with son-in-law Jimmy in several production projects including Orlando Attractions Magazine-The Show, The Mindy Mouse Show and FunaticsTV. Her other career included being a writer, artist/designer, special events creator and coordinator. Now she is enjoying the good life of Anna Maria Island, Celebration, Disney World and, of course, sharing magic at FUNaticsTV!

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