My family just got back from a weeklong trip to Florida which included a visit to Disneyworld and The Magic Kingdom specifically. It has changed since I visited in 1978 with my parents and sister. My dad worked for an asphalt manufacturer so he could only take vacations during the "off-season", so we went in February. On the one hand, it was pretty empty, on the other, it was cold and rainy. Back then, "Disneyworld" and "Magic Kindgdom" were synonymous as that's all that was there. I remember being fairly disappointed. Cinderella's castle wasn't a castle at all, but simply a walk-through tunnel. You had to have tickets to ride the rides and each ticket booklet (a vague recollection places the price at $7) had a limited number of "E" tickets which were for the better rides along with the "A" through "D" tickets which didn't offer much of any interest to me. Plus, the one ride (besides "Haunted Mansion") I wanted to ride with my "E" ticket, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea", broke down while I was in line. I was forced to use the ticket instead on "Space Mountain" which I was deathly afraid of. Riding it on this visit, I realized how tame it is and how much of it is really an illusion of lights and sound.
I found this Guide to Walt Disney World from 1978 at a recent sale. It shows what was offered to my 11-year-old self back then.
I was pleasantly surprised to find "The Enchanted Tiki Room" is still there, along with some dated material and depiction of native South Pacific islanders. "Jungle Cruise" is also still there, but the "tour guides" portray it with mock enthusiasm and terror: "Oh look, a charging hippopotamus. Watch out folks." "Pirates of the Caribbean" is still there, but has been modified slightly to more reflect the Johnny Depp movies.
I tried to hit some of the classics including "Country Bear Jamboree" and "Tom Sawyer Island". "Country Bear" was pretty dated as well with fat jokes and a more than disturbing display of one bear singing and later screaming about 'blood on the ground'" over and over. Of course, I had to go through "Haunted Mansion". I also got my kids to sit through "The Hall of Presidents" which has been slightly updated since the last time I saw it and now features a movie narrated by Morgan Freeman. It was actually quite impressive.
In case you care to watch.
Compare and contrast the map from the guide and today's Magic Kindgom.
And finally, the back cover included some of the new and re-issued movies for Summer of 1978. I believe "Hot Lead and Cold Feet" and "Superman the Movie" were the only movies I saw that year.