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1980: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (Magic Kingdom Park)

Editor’s Note: This post is part 10 in a forty-part blog series in celebration of Walt Disney World Resort’s upcoming 40th Anniversary. Please welcome to The Window Seat Emma Nicholson, Walt Disney World Moms Panel Guest Author and guest blogger.

In 1980, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad opened at Magic Kingdom Park. This runaway train roller coaster is one of the many wild, but mild, attractions the whole family can enjoy.


Walt Disney World is well known for its huge array of family-friendly attractions and entertainment. Whilst many people have fond memories of their first experience of the classic rides like it’s a small world and Dumbo The Flying Elephant, many families, just like mine, look forward to nothing more than sampling some of the exciting thrill rides during each and every trip.

Autumn at Sea: 3 Sunny Cruise Spots

Autumn is a mild season in California. In Los Angeles and San Diego, the 100-degree heat starts to soften, inspiring cozy outdoor dinners and ambitious hikes through the Santa Monica Mountains. In Napa Valley and Sonoma, vintners ready themselves for the annual grape harvest, and in Santa Cruz, surfers move their wet suits from the garage to the car. It’s the perfect place for those of us that like our weather a little warmer—and it’s also one of several great places to visit on a sunny fall cruise.

Here are a few more places to sail away this season:

1979: Construction begins at Epcot

This post is part nine in a forty-part blog series in celebration of Walt Disney World Resort’s upcoming 40th Anniversary. Please welcome to The Window Seat Joanne McGabe, Walt Disney World Moms Panellist and guest blogger.

In 1979, construction began at Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort’s second theme park. Learn all that Future World – one of two park quadrants – has to offer, where entertainment and attractions focus on the technological advancements, innovation and wonder that inspired this landmark theme park.


Ah, Epcot. For me, it’s like coming home. Having worked there many (many) years ago as a cultural representative in the Canada Pavilion, Epcot holds a special place near and dear to my heart. I’m thrilled to share a few pointers with you as you navigate the wonders that together form Future World.