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Eastern Air Lines - WDW - If You Had Wings  
User currently offlineFlyPIJets From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 911 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5548 times:

Hey everyone.  wave 

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.  bouncy  (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 -  rotfl 


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User currently offlineQuebecair727 From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5530 times:

Yes, I remember this very well. Not very exciting I must admit, but nevertheless interesting. I was there for the first time in March 74. Gee, it's so long ago.

User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13588 posts, RR: 61
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 5504 times:
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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.  mad 



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User currently offlineMidway2airtran From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 864 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 5504 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!!!



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User currently offlineFlyPIJets From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 911 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 5484 times:

Quoting Midway2airtran (Reply 3):
I also flew on an Eastern L-1011 into MCO too, funny that it was the only time I would ever fly on one.

Now that you mention it, I think that is the only 1011 I have been on, too. What I remember was the fancy "coat elevator" thing. That and the a/c was so cavernous.

Quoting Midway2airtran (Reply 3):
Interesting site, but now I can't get that song out of my head!!!

If you had wings, had wings, had wings.... Big grin



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User currently offlineUalcsr From United States of America, joined May 2006, 485 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 5450 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!!!

User currently offlineFlyPIJets From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 911 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 5422 times:

OMG -

On this page of the website there is a survey with responses. It might be one of the funniest things I have read in a while.

Here is a excerpt.

Quote:


QUESTION 2 (responses compiled between February and August 1989)

What was your favorite part of "If You Had Wings"?


..."I think my favorite part was really when you first walk in and they had the signs for arriving flights up above you. It was neat because I could see where I was going."


..."The dragon head, or whatever it was, because you could store objects in its mouth and come back four months later and pick them up."

QUESTION 3 (responses compiled between May and October 1989)

What was the scariest part of "If You Had Wings"?


..."Towards the very end of the ride, when we still had bottles in the car and we couldn't discard them fast enough before the employees could see us."

...""That guy with the Zebra head scared the hell out of me,
because he was hiding in that New Orleans place and he could jump out any minute."


That's some pretty funny stuff.



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User currently offline28L28L From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 459 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5298 times:

"if you had wings you could do many things..." the ride was free (of course), which made it even better!

User currently offlineSpartanmjf From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 502 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5269 times:

"You do have wings."

I remember it well from my first trip to WDW in the spring of, I think, 1974 or 1975.



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User currently offlineJetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5267 times:

Quoting FlyPIJets (Thread starter):
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

Uhhh...Eastern didn't fly the DC10 until about 1987..for MIA-LGW. the route was eventually extended to LAX and GIG, but there were no DC10's in the late 70's.

At least i don't think so. i worked for eastern from 1980 to 1991. to the best of my recollection the DC10's came on as mentioned above.



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User currently offline73G From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 128 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5239 times:

Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 9):
Uhhh...Eastern didn't fly the DC10 until about 1987

When did he say the DC10 and 747 he flew on were Eastern airplanes?


User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5224 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.  rotfl 



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User currently offlineJetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5197 times:

Quoting 73G (Reply 10):
Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 9):
Uhhh...Eastern didn't fly the DC10 until about 1987

When did he say the DC10 and 747 he flew on were Eastern airplanes?

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.



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User currently offlinePhllax From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 437 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks ago) and read 5154 times:

When DAL became the official carrier of WDW, wasn't the ride changed to reflect that?

User currently offline73G From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 128 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5121 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.


User currently offlineDTWAGENT From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1283 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5049 times:

I remember this ride. I also remember that after Eastern stop flying, Delta because the owner of that ride as they were the main airlines for WDW for a few years.

Chuck


User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5019 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.

User currently offlineFlyPIJets From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 911 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4962 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 didn't mean for you to infer that I had ridden a 747, DC-10 and L-1011 all on EAL to Orlando. And they certainly weren't in the show. Well, the 1011 was.

Sorry for the confusion.

Now, If I had wings, had wings, had wings...(wait, I DO have wings Big grin )



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