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Disney World's Discovery Island

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April 8th, 1974 - April 8th, 1999

"I Remember Discovery Island"
A Last Day Memoir by

Allan Oakley of Kissimmee, Florida

Web and Pictures: http://www.floridasunshine.com/oakleyflorida/OakleyFamily_SubPages/1999-2000/DiscoverIsland.htm

History and Background

According to Walt Disney's colleagues, repeated aerial surveys of Central Florida land parcels led to Walt taking notice of the 11.5-acre island ( at that time named Riles Island and having been owned by several other parties before Disney's purchase ) in Bay Lake and deciding more or less immediately that this was the ideal location for his Florida Project.

The story goes that as Walt Disney was flying over the land he was interested in purchasing to locate his new Florida theme park (reported to be on November 22, 1963, around the time that JFK had been shot), it was the sight of this island in the center of Bay Lake that convinced him that this was the ideal place to build his Disney World Theme Park.

From the early 190…

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2005

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We love everything Disney World related. At certain times of the year special events add to the magic.
Here's our tribute to back in the day when we were a little  younger and more foolish.


Walt Disney World - October  2005
 Pictures  and Memoirs  of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2005
http://www.floridasunshine.com/oakleyflorida/OakleyFamily_SubPages/2005/NotSoScary2005.htm

Boo! Don't be afraid. The screams you hear are squeals of delight, not fright. Disney fantasy and Halloween fun come together on selected October nights for a one-of-a-kind celebration. Seize this rare opportunity to visit the Magic Kingdom in costume, and trick-or-treat for candy and goodies with your favorite Disney characters*, all in their finest Halloween outfits. With special music, parades and the spectacular all-new Happy HalloWishes fireworks show, this is no trick — it's a real treat.


Our Date Night with friends:
Allan and Lorraine  &  
Steve and Glenda Wilkins
Kissimmee, Florida


Just a…

Disney's Hollywood Studios Lights,Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show

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UPDATE April 2016
It was inevitable: Disney's Hollywood Studios had to make room for the future Star Wars and Toy Story-Pixar Land  expansions, which meant attractions like the Lights, Motors, Action! stunt car show had to close. Walt Disney Worldannounced the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show and "nearby locations around Streets of America" would  be permanently closed on April 2nd ,2016 .
The dust settled on the "Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show" at Disney's Hollywood Studios. After a run of more than a decade, the last performance of the show -- unlike anything else at Disney World -- took place Saturday afternoon.
The show, which showed off the skills of professional stunt drivers to a grandstand audience, had opened in the spring of 2005, after debuting first at the Walt Disney Studios in Paris three years earlier.The most dramatic moment, though, was saved for the finale of the last show. As always, the hero car emerged from a building,…

The Oakley's Millennium Family Reunion at Walt Disney World

The Oakley family of Kissimmee, Florida invite you to enjoy this diary of an event that will never be repeated in our lives.

If you want to learn more Click Here for the entire Oakley family website.
Web and Pictures: http://www.floridasunshine.com/oakleyflorida/OakleyFamily_SubPages/1999-2000/MilleniumCelebration.htm
The Oakley's Millennium Family Reunion
at Walt Disney World, Florida - Dec.27th,1999 - Jan.18th,2000

The Oakley Family Guide to what happened at:

Disney World , Universal Studios and Sea World Parks during the Millennium year. This is not a commercial newsletter but just a fan site that is loaded with details regarding the 15 months of Millennium events in Orlando that started October 1st,1999 and ended on January 1st ,2001

The Family Reunion at Disney - MGM Studios
Dec. 31st, 1999 - The last day before the big party

Our family loves Disney. We are Premium Annual Pass Holders and are at one of the Disney parks at least once per week. We moved to Orlando back in August 1996 af…