Happy 40th Anniversary, Walt Disney World!

On October 1st 1971, the world was introduced to a brand new kind of entertainment area. The idea was to take the already new concept of a theme park that was introduced by Disneyland and purchase enough land to seclude the area and control all of the theming both inside and outside of the park. Walt Disney World was originally going to be an experimental city, EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) was going to be the city centre and would be a marvel of city planning, there was going to be a Disneyland-style theme park, but it was hardly going to be the theme park and entertainment mecca that it eventually became. Unfortunately, this plan died when Walt Disney passed away in 1966 and the resort ended up becoming the area that we know of today.

Only a small amount of the theme parks and hotels are actually turning 40 years old today, but it is still a reason to celebrate. I wish I could be down at the Magic Kingdom for the ceremony, but I am really wondering if Disney is going to do something on the scale of Disneyland’s 50th anniversary celebration for Walt Disney World. Maybe for the 50th anniversary, one can hope.

On the Disney Parks Blog, you can download a retro park map today for free. I kind of want to get it printed out and use it as a poster.

 

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