October 1st marks the 43rd birthday celebration of the biggest, most touristed of theme parks in the world, Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
Ever since it initially opened on October 1, 1971, the park has actually been about producing magic and memories with cutting edge modern technology.
When the Magic Kingdom first opened, it had just 10,000 park visitors. The Walt Disney World Resort also debuted 2 on-siite hotels, the 15-story Contemporary Resort and also the Polynesian Village Resort, both connected by a monorail system. At the Contemporary, visitors were thrilled to see the monorail running straight through the center of the A-frame structure’s 10-story atrium.
Disney World was developed to supplement Disneyland in Anaheim, California which had opened up in 1955. Nevertheless, Walt Disney himself, it is said, done not like all of the businesses that opened up around Disneyland. Additionally, the majority of the population of the U.S., at that time, still lived east of the Mississippi in the 50s so Walt intended to build another park on the eastern.
A site in Orlando was chosen for the brand-new park as well as the Disney company started to buy land. Disney made use of different dummy companies to obtain all the land in order to stay away from a burst of land speculation.
It worked and the Magic Kingdom was introduced. Walt, which was highly involved in the planning of the “Florida Project” would never see it’s opening. He passed away December 15th, 1966.
When Roy O. Disney, Walt’s brother, welcomed guests via the grand opening of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, he clarified that the park included his sibling’s full name, so that individuals would not neglect the name “of the man with which all of it began.”.
On opening up day in 1971, the cost of general admission to the Magic Kingdom cost just $3.50.
Guests might also purchase a book of ride tickets. Each book consisted of A to E tickets with the E tickets being the most top-notch rides, like Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and also Jungle Cruise.