Before Disney, these were the attractions that brought the crowds to Florida


Long before Walt Disney World opened in 1971, making Florida the epicenter of Mousemania, Florida had a thriving tourist culture. Cities and towns across the state were attracting the adventurous, the curious and the tourist-minded before the Magic Kingdom was even conceived. And enterprising Floridians have capitalized on the tourist economy from the get-go. Here are photos of some roadside attractions, amusement parks and curiosities that predate Disney. All photos, unless otherwise noted, are from the State of Florida Archives,