When Walt described his vision of the then titled “Florida Project”, he envisioned a place where families from all across the world could come together and enjoy the very best themed entertainment that Disney could offer. However, Walt unfortunately never lived to see his dream become a reality.
But on this day in 1971, Walt’s longtime business partner, co-founder and brother Roy. O Disney led the dedication and opening of the most magical place on earth, Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
It’s often overlooked and forgotten, but Roy was the proverbial force of nature behind ensuring that Disney World was finally realised. And for that, the world will forever be grateful to Roy Disney.
However it was upon Roy’s order that “Disney World” would be renamed to “Walt Disney World”, as a lasting tribute to his brother and the man that started the magic, Walt Disney.
So for today, I highly recommend journeying back to that fall day in October of 1971 and seeing The Magic Kingdom’s Grand Opening:
Although October 1st marks the opening of The Magic Kingdom, but 11 years later, it celebrated the arrival of arguably a homage to Walt’s original vision of an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, in Epcot Center.
Now, yes Epcot Center was far from the ambitious concept that Walt had in 1966, but it still stands for Education, Internationalism and Innovation, which are rare commodities to find in theme parks. And so for that, I feel that EPCOT has a special place in the pantheon of themed entertainment experiences from around the world.