Although we are primarily celebrating the 40th birthday of the Magic Kingdom today, October 1st is a significant day for several other Walt Disney Company events. Today also marks the 29th anniversary of the opening of Epcot, which was called EPCOT Center on this day in 1982. On the same day in 1983, the beloved (but now extinct) Horizons pavilion opened in Future World. Two resorts opened on October 1st. Disney's first moderate class resort, the Caribbean Beach opened in 1988, and Disney's Vero Beach Resort, the first off-site Disney Vacation Club Resort, opened in 1995. October 1st, 2005 was the day that Bob Iger took over as the CEO of the Walt Disney Company. Finally, the last big "happening" that occurred on this date was in 2009, when the Walt Disney Family Museum opened in San Francisco. Although October 1st has been a prominent date in Disney's history, it will always be thought of as the day that Walt Disney World was born.
As I sit here writing this article, I am thinking of all of the great Walt Disney World memories I have from the past 35 years. My first trip was at the age of 5, which was also during the 5th anniversary of the Magic Kingdom. It has always been easy for me to know how old Walt Disney World is because I'm the same age. I know that I have mentioned this in the past, but I can't thank my parents enough for introducing me to this magical place that has become such a big part of my life. I am excited to say that I'm getting closer and closer to "creating" a career that is centered around Disney. I also just realized that this is article number 71, which coincidentally matches the year
that started it all. Happy Birthday Walt Disney World....thanks for the memories!
Have a Disneyriffic Day and remember to keep moving forward. See ya real soon!