Five Decades of Magic at Walt Disney World Resort – the 1990s

I’ve been savoring using a seem at the historical timeline of the Walt Disney Earth Resort one particular 10 years at a time and I hope you all have as nicely! We have already covered the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s so let us dig into the 1990s currently!


November – The initially stage of the EPCOT Vacation resort Area opens with the debut of Disney’s Yacht Club Resort (November 5) and Disney’s Beach front Club Resort (November 19). The pursuing yr brings Walt Disney Environment Swan Hotel (January 13) and the Walt Disney Planet Dolphin Hotel (June 4). All in going for walks length of the theme park, the assortment of resorts substantially expands lodging and convention possibilities.


November – The Disney Harvest program launches. Nowadays this plan each year collects more than 823,000 pounds of prepared, unserved foodstuff from throughout Walt Disney Earth Resort for distribution to much more than 40 Orlando-spot nonprofits served by Next Harvest Foods Financial institution.

December 20 – Disney Trip Club launches with the opening of its initially resort, now called Disney’s Aged Important West Vacation resort.


April 23– The Walt Disney Business dedicates 8,500 acres of land acquired at the Osceola-Polk County line to The Nature Conservancy to protect for potential generations as the Disney Wilderness Protect.


January 16 – The inaugural Walt Disney Planet Marathon steps off, eventually increasing into the popular runDisney races right now.

April 29 – The inaugural EPCOT Intercontinental Flower & Back garden Festival debuts. In the a long time to abide by, festivals dedicated to food items & wine, the arts, and holiday seasons be a part of the lineup.

June 12 – Disney’s Hollywood Studios expands with the opening of its to start with new themed place, Sunset Boulevard, bringing extra retailers, dining, and entertainment to the park…along with the haunted thrills of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (July 22).

Walt Disney Environment Vacation resort carries on to expand lodging selections with the openings of: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (Might 28), Disney’s All-Star Sporting activities Resort (April 29), and Disney’s All-Star New music Resort (November 1).

The African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida is set up with Walt Disney Environment Resort as a founding trustee. Walt Disney World’s guidance and sponsorship of the Chamber involves web hosting its crowning celebration for Central Florida’s most dynamic companies and business people, the Eagle Awards.


April 1 – Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park debuts, featuring wintertime-themed fun in a drinking water park environment, such as a 12-story fall down the significant-pace waterslide Summit Plummet.

April 22 – The Disney Conservation Fund forms to give help for respected conservation corporations conserving wildlife and safeguarding the magic of nature. To date, the fund has directed $100 million to assistance nonprofit businesses doing the job with communities to save wildlife, encourage motion and secure the earth.

July 15 – Disney’s Marriage ceremony Pavilion opens on the shores of 7 Seas Lagoon, element of a extensive enlargement of choices for weddings and vowel renewals. Now, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons offers a broad assortment of nuptial and honeymoon setting up all around the globe.


February 9 – Disney Institute opens, bringing far more than 60 interactive courses to friends trying to get enjoyment and self-enrichment in customized holiday experiences. In the many years to observe, Disney Institute evolves into a renowned coaching and experienced-improvement corporation that helps businesses be extra successful utilizing organization insights and most effective procedures of Disney parks and resorts.

July 1 – Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and Villas open alongside with their energetic namesake boardwalk that provides new eating places and nightspots to the EPCOT Resort Space.

October 1 – Walt Disney Entire world Vacation resort celebrates its 25th anniversary with a calendar year-extended celebration, new entertainment, and Cinderella Castle decorated as a big birthday cake.


ESPN Wide World of Sports ComplexEntrance Plaza of ESPN Wide Planet of Sporting activities Vacation resort

March 28 – ESPN Extensive Globe of Sports Complex opens. The 220-acre sophisticated includes various outdoor taking part in fields, baseball/softball diamonds, a monitor & discipline complex, a fieldhouse and a 9,500-seat ballpark. More than the many years it will increase to encompass two supplemental fieldhouses, an ESPN broadcast middle and even extra outdoor playing fields. It will also provide as an formal education site for several American and global experienced teams, as well as host of many important sporting functions these kinds of as the Invictus Game titles, the 2020 MLS is Back Event and the 2020 NBA restart of the regular period.

August 1 – Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort opens. With 1,900 guest rooms and a 220,000-square-foot convention middle, it is the most significant of the Disney vacation resort motels that cater to conferences and gatherings.


April 22 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park opens on Earth Day. At 500 acres, it is Disney’s premier park and home to somewhere around 1,800 animals symbolizing 200 species. The park’s icon, the Tree of Life, is a tribute to nature, featuring extra than 300 intricately carved animal images.

October 15 – “Fantasmic!” premieres at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the newly-made Hollywood Hills Amphitheater. The greater-than-existence show attributes extra than 50 stay performers, large sets, a excellent screen of lights, lasers, fireworks, and water animation all set to rousing music.


March 18 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park expands with Asia, a new themed space showcasing Kali River Rapids and the Maharajah Jungle Trek that introduces tigers and other animal species to the park.

October 1 – The Millennium Celebration begins at EPCOT. The 15-thirty day period celebration marks the debut of the common nighttime magnificent, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, which will operate for 20 many years (aspect notice: they knew way back then that this beloved present would run for precisely 20 several years?!!?? The very last presentation of IllumiNations was September 30, 2019). Also new is Millennium Village, celebrating the cultural achievements of 25 nations, and the Tapestry of Nations parade. The celebration also brings pin investing to the forefront for Disney collectors all over the place.

Stay tuned tomorrow as we glimpse at the 2000s!