Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary

50 years ago today, Walt Disney World opened its doors to the Magic Kingdom for the first time. It was a place where families can be together and ironically Disney World wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for Walt Disney’s family. Walt Disney sadly died without seeing his Florida Project fulfilled but Walt’s brother Roy Disney helped carry out his legacy. It wasn’t just a carbon copy of Disneyland; it was something incredibly different and unique. Soon after more parks opened and this Disney World became more huger than anything Disney has ever done.

My introduction to Disney World was odd. I was familiar with Disneyland but when I was young, I came across maps of Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and MGM Studios. The weirdest thing to me was seeing Big Thunder Mountain next door to Splash Mountain. Later I was a commercial for Mickey’s PhilharMagic and while I thought it looked neat, I knew it would be impossible to see it. That is, on Christmas day of 2003 my biggest gift that we received was our first trip to Disney World. Our trips got better each time.

Thank You Walt Disney and  the imaginers for the memories, thrills, excitement, and magic you have filled the hearts of my and me family for over 50 years and many more to come.

Happy 50th anniversary Walt Disney World!

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