Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Happy Birthday Walt Disney World!

Happy 42nd Birthday to Walt Disney World and the Magic Kingdom 
and Happy 31st Birthday to Epcot!!!

Happy Birthday to our favorite place, Walt Disney World!
October 1st is a very special day in Disney History!  It marks the park openings of both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot!  I thought that I'd share some fun facts to celebrate!

Photo from Life Magazine 1971.
On October 1, 1971- The Magic Kingdom first opened accompanied by the Contemporary Resort, the Polynesian and Fort Wilderness. Roy O. Disney dedicated the property and declared that it would be known as "Walt Disney World" in his brother Walt's honor. In Roy's words, "Everyone has heard of Ford cars. But have they all heard of Henry Ford, who started it all? Walt Disney World is in memory of the man who started it all, so people will know his name as long as Walt Disney World is here." 

Photo from the Disney Parks Blog.

On October 1, 1982- Epcot first opened. It is the second of the four theme parks built at Walt Disney World and is 300 acres, which is more than twice the size of the Magic Kingdom park. EPCOT is an acronym of Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. It was originally called EPCOT Center until 1996.  

It's hard to picture Walt Disney World without all of the other resorts, entertainment, water parks, and other two parks.  My how it's grown!  I'm sure that Walt would be proud to see how many people come to Walt Disney World each and every day.  And many of us will keep coming back over and over for more Disney magic.  °o°

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