The Walt Disney Entire world Vacation resort opened on October 1, 1971, to guests who were being keen to see how Walt Disney’s imagination had pixie-dusted the trackless flatlands of Central Florida into a Magic Kingdom. 10 thousand guests, their smiles as broad as the Oct skies, streamed into Walt’s fairytale park on that historic day, prepared to be transported into a world of exciting and fantasy, where teacups spin, elephants fly and life’s cares melt away at the gates.
“May Walt Disney Planet deliver pleasure and inspiration and new awareness to all who arrive to this happy location … a Magic Kingdom in which the young at heart of all ages can giggle and play and learn with each other.” – Official Perseverance, Oct. 25, 1971
These phrases have been spoken by Walt’s brother, Roy O. Disney, at the official grand opening of Walt Disney Planet. Mickey Mouse, sporting the world’s major bass drum at the time, led 5,000 marchers in a festive parade by the five lands of Magic Kingdom Park. Guests were also handled to a substantial-stepping marching band 1,076 performers strong.
Walt did not dwell to see that working day, but soon after years of organizing and building (and Roy postponing retirement to assistance see it by way of), his a great deal-predicted “Florida Project” was open and all set to welcome the planet. From a person concept park, two resort resorts and two golfing classes, Walt’s desire nowadays is a globe unto itself together with four concept parks, two drinking water parks, much more than two dozen resort lodges, Disney Trip Club attributes, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Vacation resort & Campground, 63 holes of championship golf, ESPN Wide Globe of Sports activities Sophisticated, Disney’s BoardWalk amusement enclave and Disney Springs, a waterfront amusement, dining, and shopping district.
And now 50 decades and thousands and thousands of recollections later on, Walt Disney Entire world Resort is on the brink of an interesting new period of spouse and children leisure as it kicks off the upcoming 50 several years. All of it inspired by the top dreamer, Walt Disney.
Let us search back at a couple of the very initial milestones in the 50-yr heritage of The Most Magical Location on Earth:
November 15 – Walt Disney and his brother Roy publicly announce programs for Disney Environment in a push conference held in downtown Orlando, Florida.
October 27 – Walt Disney documents a film outlining strategies for the Florida Task – such as specifics for Disney Globe and the Experimental Prototype Local community of Tomorrow (EPCOT).
May well 30 – Groundbreaking formally kicks off development of Walt Disney Planet Resort. Walt Disney’s brother, Roy O. Disney formally named the undertaking “Walt Disney World” to be certain the earth will often try to remember the man driving this historic dream.
Check back again tomorrow as we stroll by way of the 1970s!