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Disney World was an idea that came to Walt Disney in the 1960’s to supplement Disneyland in Anaheim, California. In studies conducted at the time, it was found that only 5% of the visitors to Disneyland were from the east side of the Mississippi River, where 75% of the United States population lived. Walt knew he needed to build something for the people on the East Coast, and the vision of The Florida Project was born. Walt’s original driving force to build Disney World was a vision of his “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow”. This would be a city of the future. On display you would see all the inventions and things that would make our way of living completely different.
Walt had big dreams for Disney World. In 1963 while flying over Orlando, Walt seeing the well developed roads and the plans for Interstate 4 and Florida’s Turnpike knew this spot was ideal. He selected a centrally located spot to build his dream near Bay Lake. He needed to start purchasing this land to make his dream a reality. So that land owners didn’t know what the project was about Walt created several dummy companies to begin purchasing the land. He knew that if the land owners found out the purpose of buying the land and who was buying it the price would go up. Eventually it was leaked to the Orlando Sentinental newspaper on October 20, 1965 who the true owner was of the land acquistions. After the owner was identified a press conference was scheduled for November 15, 1965. At this press conference Walt explained his plans for the area and also spoke about his “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow”. Once all the purchases were done total of 27,443 acres of land were acquired.
Walt Disney never got to see his dream of Disney World become a reality. Walt passed away on December 15, 1966 from lung cancer. Walt’s brother and business partner Roy made sure to bring Walt’s vision to life. On February 2, 1967 Roy held a press conference about carrying on with Walt’s dream. He explained that a special district would need to be formed in order for Disney World to succeed. The Reedy Creek Improvement District was formed with two cities in it. The cities were Bay Lake and Reedy Creek. This created city would have the standard powers of any incorporated city. Also, the city received immunity from any current and future county or state land-use laws. The only area where the district had to submit to the county and state was in regards to property taxes and elevator inspections.
On October 1, 1971, The Magic Kingdom park opened in Walt Disney World. At the park’s opening, Roy O. Disney dedicated the property and declared that it would be known as “Walt Disney World” in his brother’s honor.In Roy’s own words he said “Everyone has heard of Ford cars. But have they all heard of Henry Ford, who started it all? Walt Disney World is in memory of the man who started it all, so people will know his name as long as Walt Disney World is here.”
Roy passed away less than three months after the opening of Walt Disney World on December 20, 1971. Walt’s “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow”, or EPCOT as we know it today was opened in 1982. Some of the original ideas that were meant for EPCOT were integrated into the community of Celebration much later. Celebration is a master-planned community that was developed by The Walt Disney Company. The town is just down the street from Walt Disney World as they share the street World Drive. Disney-MGM Studios would open in 1989 inspired by the movie industry and Disney’s Animal Kingdom would open in 1998.
Nicknamed the “World” by fans, Walt Disney World is the #1 tourist destination worldwide. There is so much to do and see that you will spend years going back and still finding something new each time. From the Parks, to the award winning dining options, the water parks, golfing, video games, shopping, boating, to driving a race car. The “World” has something to offer to everyone. Here are some stats and dates about The Happiest Place on Earth:
- The Magic Kingdom opened on October 1, 1971
- EPCOT opened on October 1, 1982
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios (orignally called Disney-MGM Studio’s) opened on May 1, 1989
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened on April 22, 1998
- There are 5 golf courses on property
- 34 resorts (25 owned and operated by the Walt Disney Company)
- Walt Disney World employs more than 62,000 people
- Covering 40 square miles, Walt Disney World Resort is about the size of San Francisco or two Manhattan islands
- Mickey Mouse himself has more than 290 different sets of clothes
- Walt Disney World launders a average of 285,000 pounds each day
- Disney’s PhotoPass photographers take between 100,000 and 200,000 photos of guests everyday
- More than 75 million Cokes are consumed each year at Walt Disney
- More than 270 Walt Disney World buses transport guests around the Vacation Kingdom
- More than 1.6 million turkey drumsticks are devoured every year in four Disney theme parks
- Disney’s Beach Club Resort swimming area holds 750,000 gallons of water its the largest sand-bottom pool in the world