FlyPIJets From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 858 posts, RR: 3 Posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5348 times:
How many of you remember the Walt Disney World ride sponsored by Eastern Air Lines back in the 70's and 80's. It was called If You Had Wings and was a great memory for me back in the day. Well, if you have memories of this ride or just want to check out something from back in the day, check out this site I found surfin' around the net.
That site includes plenty of stuff about the ride, including videos and soundtrack. (I have no connection to the site, just though you might enjoy it.)
I remember my first trip down to WDW in '76 because I got to ride a EAL L-1011 and that meant by the age of 12 I had been on a 747, DC-10 and L-1011, the trifecta for the day. (geez what i remember about that trip, the airplane ride and Eastern's If You Had Wings - airline geeks have been around a while, haven't they -
EA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13166 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5304 times:
I used to LOVE "If You Had Wings" and rode it frequently - especially because it emptied out into an Eastern Air Lines City Ticket Office on-site at WDW, usually with a large model of one of their planes there.
I was horrified by the transformation into Delta's "Dreamflight" ride, though.
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Midway2airtran From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 864 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5304 times:
Yup, I remember that ride and song quite well when I was young! I think it was actually one of my favorites at that time. I also flew on an Eastern L-1011 into MCO too, funny that it was the only time I would ever fly on one.
Interesting site, but now I can't get that song out of my head!!!
Ualcsr From United States of America, joined May 2006, 484 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5250 times:
We used to go up to Disney a lot when I was child and "If You Had Wings" was always one of the "must rides". (I had that "airline industry itch" inside me already!!!) Thanks for bringing back some great memories; I can't get the song out of my mind either!!!
PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5024 times:
The Simpson's did an absolutely hysterical satire on the Eastern Airlines exhibit at Epcot Center years ago...
Mrs. Krabappel, Bart's teacher had been nominated for Teach Of The Year...and upon seeing the picture of who sent Mrs. K's photo and resume and application in (it was Bart himself), the committee gasps and one woman cries out in horror: "Oh, dear God!! I thought the blue pants menace was just an urban myth!!"
Anyway, the final competition was in Orlando at Epcot. Lisa and Marge get on the "World Of Tomorrow" ride - "sponsored by Eastern Airlines". As they go by the exhibits, the Eastern L1011 image can be seen virtually everywhere in the daily life of the future...
"But at Eastern Airlines, we're not just about controlling the skies...we're about world domination!!"
And you see robots with L1011's for heads...whipping frightened crowds like something out of War Of The Worlds...
At the same time, Bart and Homer are taking a trip on a ride called "The Electric Car Of The Future", sponsored by the oil producers consortium of America - and a Casper Milquetoast voice narrating, "I'm an electric car - I can't go very far or very fast...and if you own me, people will think you're gay!!"...at which time you see three Castro Street-type homosexual robots chanting, "one...of...us...one...of...us...one...of...us"
I just worship sarcasm and sickness like that.
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73G From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 128 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4921 times:
Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 12): I don't see how an aircraft that had never been operated up to the point of his WDW experiernce would be included in the show.
I hate that I'm being a hypocrite because I can't stand when people get off topic but....
I think you are misreading his statement. He is saying that by the age of 12 in 1976, he had flown on a DC10, L1011, and 747. Nowhere does he mention that the DC10 or 747 were operated by Eastern, nor does he say that they were part of the ride.
474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 4819 times:
In 1970 Disney filmed a commerical on the L-1011 production line, using the fatigue ship, S/N 1000, as a back drop. We had to stand around all afternoon while Micky, Minnie, Goofy and Pluto sang and danced. I only saw the commerical on TV once and it was hard to tell it was even an airplane in the background.