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10 Fun Facts About Walt Disney World’s “Jungle Cruise” Attraction

Jungle Cruise

The “Jungle Cruise” attraction at Walt Disney World is a riverboat ride that takes guests on an exciting trip on board a replica of an open air canopied tramp steamer for a journey on the Amazon, Nile, and Mekong Rivers of South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. This 10-minute journey will take passengers into the jungles of Africa, the rainforests ...

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Walt Disney World Through the Years; Then to Now, to What’s Next?

Millennium Falcon

1. 2021—Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary—What’s Next? New Resorts: Disney Riviera Resort Star Wars-themed Hotel Upcoming Rides and Attractions: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge/Hollywood Studios—includes a life-size Millennium Falcon that guests will be able to pilot and a second attraction that puts guests in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Guests can meander through the ...

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Walt Disney World Through the Years; Then to Now, to What’s Next?

Soarin

3. Welcome to the 21stCentury and the Fourth Decade at Walt Disney World Walt Disney World was totally prepared for the phenomenon of Y2K, when prophets and physics had predicted either the end of the world or at least an end to civilization because of a monumental loss of power. Thankfully, there was basically no interference whatsoever in the arrival of ...

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Walt Disney World Through the Years; Then to Now, to What’s Next?

2. From Then to Now and Beyond—Preparing to Celebrate Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary. The beginning of the fifth decade of Walt Disney World began with the largest expansion since its opening.  The total transformation of Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom, doubling the size of the original Fantasyland from 10 to 21 acres took almost two years to complete and ...

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Walt Disney World Through the Years; Then to Now, to What’s Next?

Carousel Of Progress

6. The Decade of Beginning (70s) Walt Disney World opened its doors on October 1, 1971, with exciting rides, attractions, shops, and restaurants, along with four Disney-themed lands, plus Liberty Square. The Magic Kingdom was the only theme park opened on that day.  The rest of the “World” would arrive later. Rides and Attractions on Opening Day: Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride-Fantasyland ...

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Walt Disney World Through the Years; Then to Now, to What’s Next?

Spaceship Earth

5. Walt Disney World ‘s Decade of Expansion (80s) Walt Disney World’s second decade began and ended with a flourish of new rides, attractions, shops, restaurants, a new water park, Typhoon Lagoon, two new Disney Resorts, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, plus the opening of two new theme parks, EPCOT and Disney’s MGM-Studios.  It ...

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Walt Disney World Through the Years; Then to Now, to What’s Next?

Fantasmic

4. The 90s Brought Even More Sensational Rides, Attractions, and One Very Unique Theme Park The 90s at Walt Disney World introduced a multitude of new rides, attractions, Downtown Disney (a dining, shopping, dining, and entertainment complex, later renamed Disney Springs), a growth spurt in new Disney Resorts, a new water park (Blizzard Beach), two miniature golf courses (Fantasia Gardens ...

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Walt Disney World Through the Years; Then to Now, to What’s Next?

Castle Construction

On October 1, 1971, something wonderful occurred in the city of Lake Buena Vista, Florida. On this day, almost 50 years ago, Walt Disney World opened its doors to the public and became the “most magical place on earth”, and today is also the most visited theme park on earth.  Walt Disney passed away before the completion of Disney World, but ...

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Walt Disney World Through the Years; Then to Now, to What’s Next?

4. The 90s Brought Even More Sensational Rides, Attractions, and One Very Unique Theme Park The 90s at Walt Disney World introduced a multitude of new rides, attractions, Downtown Disney (a dining, shopping, dining, and entertainment complex, later renamed Disney Springs), a growth spurt in new Disney Resorts, a new water park (Blizzard Beach), two miniature golf courses (Fantasia Gardens ...

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Walt Disney World Through the Years; Then to Now, to What’s Next?

Soarin

3. Welcome to the 21stCentury and the Fourth Decade at Walt Disney World Walt Disney World was totally prepared for the phenomenon of Y2K, when prophets and physics had predicted either the end of the world or at least an end to civilization because of a monumental loss of power. Thankfully, there was basically no interference whatsoever in the arrival of ...

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