There’s been a lot of chatter about rising fuel prices spelling Walt Disney World’s doom of late on Disney fan sites – some reporting that if gas continues its increase and crude oil tops $160 a barrel (it’s currently at $133), it would be practical for Disney to sell off Walt Disney World and take liscencing fees.
Others talk of parks closing down during different weekdays, plans of DCA being shelved until something stablizes, etc. Personally, I don’t think anyone would buy all of WDW even if Disney wanted to part with it, but that’s just me.
Regardless, I wanted to take a series of articles and discuss this. Particularly, how it relates to the early years of the Resort, when the Oil crisis of the ’70s was happening. EPCOT was being planned, as were new resorts and attractions for the Magic Kingdom. Some of my favorite WDW ideas were shelved permanently during this time, including Thunder Mesa, The Venetian, Asian, and Arabian hotels (all pictured in this overview provided by Jim Hill media and copywrited 1969 Walt Disney Productions). What happened last time? What will happen this time?