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VIDEO: 1971 Opening Day Parade Performer Returns to Walt Disney World

As Walt Disney World gears up for their 50th Anniversary celebration, we can’t help but get sentimental about the huge milestone! While the 18-month long celebration kicking off on October 1, 2021 will undoubtedly be an unforgettable experience, it’s necessary to look back at the past to remember how Disney got to where they are today… with exceptional Cast Members! Disney shares a video below about a 1971 opening day parade performer returning to Walt Disney World.

As shared by Disney: “On Oct. 25, 1971, a 1,076-member marching band paraded down Main Street U.S.A in celebration of Walt Disney World Resort’s grand opening. With trombone in hand, Dave Phillips was among the marching musicians, stepping to the beat of “76 Trombones.” Nearly 50 years later, Dave returned to Magic Kingdom Park during the holiday season to walk down Main Street U.S.A once more, this time with his 5-year-old grandson, Gideon.”


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We’re so thankful that after 50 years, we can still enjoy the beat of the marching band, currently called Main Street Philharmonic, march down Main Street, U.S.A at Magic Kingdom. The past, the present, and the future… we’re ready to celebrate Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary!

About Mike and Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 16 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.