Hello everyone, welcome to photo memories #8. In this edition I am featuring images from the early years of Walt Disney World’s nighttime entertainment district Pleasure Island.
You can notice changes to the outside of the island in these first two photos. The left image was taken around 1990 and the right was from this past year. Note the worn looking warehouse paint job on the older shot and the growth of the tree and upgrade to the bridge in the current photo.
The above were restaurants from Pleasure Island’s opening years. Merriweather’s Market was a food court that operated from 1989-1993 and was where Raglan Road stands today. The Fireworks Factory was a pyrotechnics themed restaurant (a favorite of mine) that operated from 1989-1997 and is where Motion dance club is currently.
Jessica’s of Hollywood and the XZFR Rockin’ Rollerdrome were both very short lived.
The Grand Funmeister was your original host of Pleasure Island (as seen on the West End Stage). The Comedy Warehouse originally featured a parody show called “Forbidden Disney” (which will be featured in it’s entirety on my upcoming Pleasure Island Classics DVD).
As stated above I am currently working on a new DVD title featuring the Original Pleasure Island shows and performances. It will include the entire original New Years Eve countdown show and fireworks, The rarely seen “Forbidden Disney” show from the Comedy Warehouse, scenes from around the Island & the original nightclubs, various Adventurers Club Library shows and skits from it’s early years and more. If anyone has any suggestions on this new title please send them to the email address below.
As always, if you want to request a future DVD idea, Photo Memory topic or comment on anything, just drop me a line at suggestions@JeffLangeDVD.com.
Welcom back everyone. If you remember back to the Photo Memory #3 entry, I was made aware of a long thread on the WDW Magic forums discussing a satellite featured in the original version of Epcot’s Spaceship Earth. The discussion has grown to almost 600 posts and while looking for additional images for my new Companion Collection series, I came across some additional photos of the elusive satellite seen below.
The view below of the Spaceship Earth spaceman looks very similar to this spaceman currently featured on the speedramp at the exit of Space Mountain. Could this be one and the same?
I am currently working on my next release. I’ll provide a few photo hints below on the subject. I don’t think it will be very difficult to figure out what the title will feature.
Once again, if anyone wants to request a future DVD idea, Photo Memory topic or comment on anything, just drop me a line at suggestions@JeffLangeDVD.com.
Welcome to the 6th edition of photo memories. In this edition we
conclude our coverage of Disney’s Pirate & Princess Party at Walt Disney
Even outside the park you cannot miss the event being held.
Like all the other special party’s, there are displays advertising the
Pirate & Princess Party at the ticket & transportation center and
outside the Magic Kingdom.
The entrance features a walk down the red carpet to the sounds of pixie
dust being sprinkled. Themed projections are featured down Main Street
There are even pirate or princess themed balloons for sale!
The pirate precision flag team replaced the gravediggers in the Boo To
You parade from Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party.
The pirate play spot is where you can play games for small prizes or
dunk the pirate!
Next week we’ll be back with more vintage photos and an update on our
next DVD release.
As before, many thanks for all the help at the Pirate & Princess party’s
to Robert Bish, Max Schilling and Suzy Castle! As always, if anyone
wants to request a future photo memory topic or comment on anything,
just drop me a line at
Hi everyone. I have returned from a very productive trip to Florida last
week. The N.F.F.C. World Chapter meeting was very entertaining. I
especially enjoyed Charlie Ridgeway’s talk and having the opportunity to
chat with him about his upcoming
book. The Magical Mountain
meet with Nathan Rose was great! I had a fantastic dinner at Raglan Rose
and made some new Disney Friends! I am currently working on a project
with Mr. Rose that will be announced in the coming months. I also
attended the Daytona 500 and although there was no Disney/Daytona
promotion this year, it was a excellent race and a great time!
Pirate & Princess party’s were excellent! I attended two evenings of
this new Disney hard ticket event and it far exceeded my expectations! I
recorded the new ‘Disney’s Enchanted Adventures Parade’ from three
different locations. The ‘Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial’ was
better than ever at the party, especially with a energetic crowd dresses
in their Pirate best. The ‘Princess Jasmine’s Royal Guard Recruitment
was fun and very reminiscent of the Jedi Training Academy from Star Wars
Weekends. I was also able to record the ‘Dream Along With Mickey’ castle
show featuring the new articulated movements. Watching Mickey and the
gang talk and blink really brings them to life! The real highlight of
the party is the all new ‘Magic, Music & Mayhem Fireworks Spectacular’.
This has to be the best fireworks show ever presented at the Magic
Kingdom. This comes close to matching my all time favorite Fireworks
show ‘Remember…Dreams Come True’ at Disneyland. I am currently working
on a new Pirate & Princess Party DVD that will feature all the above
shows, parade, fireworks and more!
This edition of photo memories features shots from the various events at
the Pirate & Princess Party.
I have also added a few shots from the Daytona 500. The first shows last
years winner Jimmie Johnson crashing out of the race. The second is the
field heading to the checkered flag on the final lap!
Many thanks for all the help at the Pirate & Princess party’s to Robert
Bish, Max Schilling and Suzy Castle! As always, if anyone wants to
request a future photo memory topic or comment on anything, just drop me
a line at
Welcome back everyone. This week I will be traveling back to Walt Disney
World. I will be attending the N.F.F.C.
World Chapter meeting featuring Charlie Ridgeway on Feb, 10th (click
here for more information). On Sunday I will be attending a meet for
MagicalMountain.net with Nathan Rose and friends at
Raglan Road in Downtown Disney. Next week, I will be attending the
Pirate & Princess Party’s at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom on
February 12th & February 15th. Also next weekend I will be attending the
Daytona 500 so look for some images of Disney at Daytona in the coming
Because of all the traveling, I won’t be featuring a photo memories for
next week. It will return the following week, but to tide everyone over
I’m posting some very cool shots of The Magic Kingdom’s Rivers of
America drained during a past rehab. Enjoy!
The last photo with the big cheese is of me (back right) & my brother
and sister taken in the 70’s.
As always, if anyone wants to request a future photo memory topic or
comment on anything, just drop me a line at
Welcome back everyone. It has been an exciting week as I have been made
aware of a long thread at the WDW Magic
website discussing these original Spaceship Earth ending scenes. To view the
here. I have decided to post more Spaceship Earth photos to help in
any way possible to resolve the questions brought up in the thread.
Above is another shot of the small satellite and astronaut and large
spaceship as viewed from the original ending scene on Spaceship Earth.
Next is the female figure looking out the window into space followed by
scenes from the descent thru the core.These scenes were viewed as the
song ‘tomorrows Child’ played. Finally the last shot is from Earth
Station where after you exited the ride, films showing all the Future
World attractions were shown on the large screens surrounding the
worldkey reservation kiosks. If anyone is interested in reliving these
memories or experiencing them for the first time, I am releasing a DVD
series celebrating Epcot’s 25th Anniversary. The first release will
feature Spaceship Earth thru the various incarnations. Please check
here for release information. Once again, if anyone wants to request a
future Photo Memory topic or comment on anything, just drop me a line at
Welcome back to the second edition of my Photo Memories weekly feature.
This week we continue with the original Epcot Center’s Spaceship Earth.
These photos continue from last week’s entry to showcase the original
planetarium scene from this classic attraction.
Above are the elusive satellite and astronaut as viewed from the
original returning from space scene on Spaceship Earth. These were
removed or covered during the 1994 rehab. As I sift thru the hours of
Spaceship Earth footage from the late 80’s to the present in preparation
for my next DVD release, I hope to uncover what actually became of these
set pieces. Once again, if anyone wants to request a future Photo Memory
topic or comment on anything, just drop me a line at