Thursday, March 22, 2012
105. O.T.D. - 3/22/75 - Downtown Disney Opens
Back in 1975, this "shopping village" wasn't really intended to be a tourist destination. Shortly after the Magic Kingdom opened, Disney started building condo style units that were intended as residences where people could live on property. The Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village was built to serve this community. However, these condo units quickly evolved into resort hotel space and the nearby shopping complex became a place where tourists would visit. In 1977, the name was changed to the Walt Disney World Village.
Moving ahead to 1989, Disney opened an entirely new area adjacent to Walt Disney World Village called Pleasure Island. This occurred on May 1st of that year, which was also opening day for Disney MGM Studios. Pleasure Island was an amazing complex featuring unique night clubs for adults only. It became a very popular spot with both tourists and locals. Later in 1989, the "shopping" area was once again renamed to the Disney Village Marketplace.
Have a Disneyriffic Day and remember to keep moving forward. See ya real soon!