50 YEARS AGO TODAY — AND FLORIDA HAS NEVER BEEN THE SAME
Walt Disney World (WDW) opened 50 years ago today, October 1, 1971.
At opening, WDW was only the Magic Kingdom. The Contemporary Resort Hotel and the Polynesian Village Resort were the 2 hotel choices to stay “on property”. A room for opening night at either resort cost $25.
If you were in the crowd of just over 10,000 who visited on opening day, you would have paid $3.50 per adult, $2.50 per junior (12-18) and $1 for children under 12.
The second expansion of the Disney experience in Orlando, EPCOT Center, also opened on October 1 – in 1982.
Happiest of birthday wishes to Mickey, Minnie, and the gang!
Here is a map of the original home of Goofy and the gang – a 1957 gate map of Disneyland in California.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.
Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.