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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?

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?

Snow White's Scary Adventures

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 ...

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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 was ...

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