Today, October 25, marks the anniversary of the dedication ceremony of Walt Disney World and the Magic Kingdom. The park officially opened on October 1, 1971. Due to Roy O. Disney’s quest to bring his brother Walt’s dream to life. Roy spent the 5 years after Walt’s death raising a total of $400 million to build Walt Disney World and open the park with no debt.
At the dedication ceremony, Roy O. Disney was joined with Mickey Mouse in Time Square. Roy read the dedication plaque that said:
“Walt Disney World is a tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney … and to the talents, the dedication and the loyalty of the entire Disney organization that made Walt Disney’s dream come true. May Walt Disney World bring joy and inspiration and new knowledge to all who come to this happy place … a magic kingdom where the young heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn … together.”
The official dedication parade, called Walt Disney World on Parade, traveled through Magic Kingdom Park that day. It included 5,000 performers lead by Mickey Mouse playing the world’s largest bass drum at the time. The pinnacle of the parade was a performance by a 1,076 piece ceremonial marching band. The event will air on television 4 days later for the world to watch the events.
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