Thursday, October 1, 2009

It All Started With a Mouse - Opening Day at Disney World – 1971

After seven years of planning, Walt Disney World opened on October 1, 1971. The park planners wanted to open in October with the hope of keeping crowds low so that any kinks at the park could be worked out. Admission was only $4.95 ($26.31 in today’s money). About 10,000 visitors entered the Magic Kingdom (the only park open on the Disney property at that time) on opening day. The park’s official dedication did not take place until October 25, but the park that continues to capture the imagination of kids everywhere thrived from the start. Below are some promotional videos for Disney’s World’s opening in 1971. The first has a somewhat creepy Alice in Wonderland theme and the second features a cheesetastic dance troupe performing all over the Magic Kingdom.

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