Of course, being the Disney Nerd that I am, I wanted to check out the site where the Fair once stood, so I recently took a geek pilgrimage out to Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. Though not much of the fair remains there today, a few remnants of that by gone era can still be found all over the park.

Seeing how the globe is supported by its under structure gave me a whole new appreciation for it.

Plus, being up to see it from the inside up was a pretty interesting sight too!

It have had miniature airplanes landing and taking off on its airport!

This is the Column of Jerash, given as a gift to the Fair by King Hussein of Jordan.

I also found a fire hydrant that was installed for the 1964/65 World's Fair, which I thought was pretty neat. I'm sure 99% of the people walking by couldn't care less about it, but to me, it was a cool little remnant of the past!

Wandering some more, I stumbled upon this cache of bottle tops. Is this the reason why it's called Corona Park today?

However, there was a set of bathrooms on the former Progressland site, and that obviously appealed to my Communicore Weekly senses (Bathroom Break, anyone?)!

The building itself is closed off to the public, and the once majestic map that adorned its floor is missing.

Though the beautiful glass ceilings are long gone, the Pavilion is still a spectacular sight to behold.

Peaking inside through the fence, you can almost get a feel for what a magnificent place it was back in its hey day.

The lone resident of the pavilion is a cat! Someone must be feeding him, though, because I saw a full plate of food and water near him.

The observation towers next door are in terrible shape as well, and are closed off to the public.

Peaking in some of the side windows on them, you could still see the stairwell that brave souls used to climb to the top, but they were in serious disarray.

It would take a lot of money to restore them to their former glory, but I hope someone comes along one day to do so, because I'm sure the view from up top is still breath-taking!

Again, nature has been staking its claim and taking over, but to be standing in the same spot that housed the original attraction almost 50 years ago was an amazing feeling.

Sure, it may just be a patch of dirt now, but if I closed my eyes, I could almost imagine being there back in its heyday, listening to the hustle and bustle of the crowd walking by.

In all, it was a great trip, and definitely well worth the drive. Like I mentioned earlier, it was definitely a geek pilgrimage for me, and I really think any Disney fan will get a kick out of it. If you happen to be in the New York area, I would highly recommend checking it out!

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Come celebrate EPCOT's 30th Anniversary in style with a live taping of MiceChat's Communicore Weekly! Join co-hosts Jeff Heimbuch & George Taylor, along with MiceChat's Dusty Sage and the Communicore Weekly Orchestra, for a fun-filled night of fandom and frivolity as they tape a special hour long episode of the hit show, Communicore Weekly.

Join us on the evening of Saturday, September 29th 2912 in the Norway Pavilion Special Events Lounge in EPCOT's World Showcase for this one of a kind event!

Your ticket includes:
  • Admission into the live taping of CW in the Norway Pavilion of EPCOT (note: admission into the park is NOT included)!
  • Meet special guest, Ron Schneider, the original Dreamfinder!
  • Decadent dessert reception!
  • Short scavenger hunt event before the show will be available to those who would like to participate (prizes will be awarded)!
  • Prizes, giveaways and more!
  • The chance to be a part of EPCOT and Communicore Weekly history!
  • Endless Five Legged Goats and perhaps even a real life Bathroom Break!
  • Exclusive late night ride after park closing on a selected EPCOT attraction to cap off the evening!

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by Jeff Heimbuch

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