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CaliKT
11-15-2011, 08:24 AM
This is reaching waaaaay back, but the first time I visited Walt Disney World in 1986, one day, instead of going to the parks, my mom took me to a cool bookstore that had a giant map of the United States outside it. There were little pools for the Great Lakes, and I just remember thinking it was the coolest thing. I am sure it is long gone, but I'm just curious: does anyone know what I'm talking about or what the name of the bookstore was? We did drive to Busch Gardens on one day in our trip, so it's possible it was on the way there.

DCTooTall
11-16-2011, 01:04 PM
This is reaching waaaaay back, but the first time I visited Walt Disney World in 1986, one day, instead of going to the parks, my mom took me to a cool bookstore that had a giant map of the United States outside it. There were little pools for the Great Lakes, and I just remember thinking it was the coolest thing. I am sure it is long gone, but I'm just curious: does anyone know what I'm talking about or what the name of the bookstore was? We did drive to Busch Gardens on one day in our trip, so it's possible it was on the way there.

I Think I may know EXACTLY what you are thinking of. The Building also had a large "life size" chess set/game outside as well.

It was located pretty much next to Sea World, and the building itself can still be seen from I-4 driving north just past the Seaworld Exit.

http://maps.google.com/?ll=28.411841,-81.474406&spn=0.001124,0.001635&t=h&z=20&vpsrc=6&layer=c&cbll=28.411841,-81.474406&panoid=wwNhI91LWD3MWD8mbKf0lA&cbp=12,44.32,,1,3


I Used to love that place as well. From what I recall, i think it closed (or started to change) shortly after Busch ended up purchasing the Sea World parks back in the 90's.

Jason71
11-16-2011, 03:46 PM
I'm guessing this may have been connected to Harcourt, the schoolbook publisher who owned Sea World for a while in the 80s. Up until 3 years ago, their HQ was across Sea Harbor Drive from Sea World. Was long gone by the time I worked there, but might be worth searching on Google.

CaliKT
11-16-2011, 07:39 PM
That's it! I remember the chess set, too. We did go to SeaWorld that trip, now that I remember, so I'm sure it was when we went there. Off to Google some more...

Epcotopia
11-16-2011, 08:28 PM
I did some research too. Looks like it was called 'Places of Learning'.

Found the opening day article too....
http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1346&dat=19851020&id=PGVRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=q_sDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6909,1867720

Cant seem to find any pictures thought. Sounds cool....for the mid 80's...

You can also see an Apple computer running for $1300....some things never change :rotfl:

DCTooTall
11-17-2011, 01:14 PM
Oooo...

I found some pictures....


http://lh6.ggpht.com/-KWrtVjYcuWU/ShBNWfYU64I/AAAAAAACyTQ/sM6LhAMbqRA/BookZ87F-Page56-01.jpg

http://lh4.ggpht.com/-Qc4uX98CAwo/ShBNG3Mco4I/AAAAAAACySY/_-so5YcZXTE/BookZ87F-Page55-02.jpg

http://lh6.ggpht.com/-6Twt1G0znmI/ShBNjN5NQ4I/AAAAAAACyT0/LUNurKzRP4g/BookZ87F-Page56-05.jpg

http://lh5.ggpht.com/-rkZI6AUHZhM/ShBNZhNK4pI/AAAAAAACyTY/gOi0AmHc0b4/BookZ87F-Page56-02.jpg

http://lh4.ggpht.com/-5qujDtjb_KM/ShBNgDsbBwI/AAAAAAACyTo/PVUI3T6O4-g/BookZ87F-Page56-04.jpg

CaliKT
11-19-2011, 12:34 PM
No wonder that place made a huge impression on me -- 25 years later, and I STILL think it looks awesome.

janabananas
11-19-2011, 12:44 PM
My uncle took me here whenever we went to Sea World. We loved going!! Ironically, he now works for a book publisher, specializing in science textbooks.