Nuggets of Wisdom

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1993 Disney Vacation Video

I’m sure most of you are wondering what my Top 11 List for Disney-uary is going to be. To give you a brick-to-the-face clue, here’s a vintage 1993 promotional video for Walt Disney World.

My folks ordered one of these videos back in the day, and you better believe that I watched the hell out of it as I waited in deathly anticipation for my first Disney World vacation that very next year.

Right now, many of you young’uns are probably scratching your head as to what a “promotional video" is. Well…

*pulls up pants to belly button, whips out cane, plants seat into rocking chair and starts rocking*

You see, yah young whipper snappers, back when I was knee high to a grasshopper, we didn’t have no internets. If yah wanted to plan a trip to Disney World, you couldn’t go onto their website to plan your vacation because they didn’t have no website.

Instead, you had to go down to what they called a “travel agency” and buy a guidebook for all of the places that you wanted to go to. And you would use these here guidebooks to order promotional videos that they would send you in the mail. Back then, you had to wait 15 DAYS for that there promotional video to come in the mail.

And these here videos didn’t come on no blu-rays. They didn’t come on no DVDs neither. They came on VHS cassette tapes, which were these big old black bricks with ribbons in them that you used to put into the VCRs to watch. And when you watched these VHS tapes, you watched them from start to finish, and when you wanted to watch them again, you had to wait 15 MINUTES just to rewind them all the way back to the beginning.

Yup, that’s how we used to plan our vacations back in those days, back in the dark ages before the interwebs. Course, when we finally did get the interwebs, it was nothing like what we have today. Back then, you had to connect through the telephoney wires. You couldn’t use the phone while surfing that there web. It was one or the other.

And when you wanted to get on the interwebs, you had to wait 15 MINUTES until it connected, and you had to listen to all of these buzzes and bings and boops. Course, once you did get on there, you had to wait another 15 minutes just to get one webpage to load with one picture.

Yup, those were the good old days. Course, they weren’t so good, now was they?

*hawks loogie into a spittoon*