Walt Disney World Celebrates 45th Anniversary

Walt Disney World celebrates 45th anniversary October 1st!

Cinderella Castle 1971When the doors opened for the very first time, 5,500 Cast Members greeted the 10,000 guests who were lucky enough to be the very first visitors to the happiest place on earth!  By the end of the month, the number of visitors grew to about 400,000.  The rest is history!

Walt Disney with mock up plans for It's a Small World“Believe me, it’s the most exciting and challenging assignment we have ever tackled at Walt Disney Productions.” Walt Disney

It was the dream of Walt Disney to build a larger and even better Disneyland.  Unfortunately, Walt did not live to see his Disney World dream come true, but his brother Roy Disney made sure it was built the way Walt had intended.

Still to this day every time I enter the Magic Kingdom its an awe-inspiring moment. I love walking down Main Street USA with Cinderella’s Castle in the distance reaching for the sky.

The original layout of Magic Kingdom featured Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Tomorrowland, and Main Street USA.

Magic Kingdom 1971 map, Walt Disney WorldThere were only two resorts at that time — The Contemporary Resort and the Polynesian Resort.  The two resorts were on the same Monorail line that looped around and connected the Ticket & Transportation Station and Magic Kingdom.

Millions of people over the past 45 years have been able to enjoy awe-inspiring magic in a kingdom where dreams come true. Walt and Roy would be proud!

F. G. Mama

About the author…F. G. Mama, Katie McDill, has been in love with Walt Disney World since first entering the gates in 1976. After her two kids went off to college, she moved from Georgia to the backdoor of the Magic Kingdom in Florida. She worked several years at Walt Disney World performing as Fairy Godmother in day parades, the “Best of Disney” castle stage show, and the original Electric Light Parade. For the last ten years, she along with daughter and family, have enjoyed “living the dream” in Celebration (the town that Disney built) just across the bridge from Disney World. During this time she has collaborated with son-in-law Jimmy in several production projects including Orlando Attractions Magazine-The Show, The Mindy Mouse Show and FunaticsTV. Her other career included being a writer, artist/designer, special events creator and coordinator. Now she is enjoying the good life of Anna Maria Island, Celebration, Disney World and, of course, sharing magic at FUNaticsTV!

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