A Brief History of
Walt Disney World

The history of Walt Disney world starts way back in the 1930s when Walt Disney would take his children to amusement parks and was constantly disappointed. He felt he could do better.

In 1937 at the premier of Snow White Walt Disney told an associate that someday he would “make a park for kids, a place scaled down to kid’s size.”

On July 17th of 1955 Disneyland in Anaheim California was opened.

The History of Walt Disney World Continued
Within less than two months a million vacationers had come to Disneyland making it one of the biggest tourist attractions surpassing expectations by 50%.

In 1959 Walt Disney Productions began searching for a second park to supplement Disneyland. There were some important reasons for this:

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• Walt Disney didn’t like the business that had sprung up around Disneyland and wanted more control for expansion. The new location in Florida would allow much more expansion capabilities, since Walt Disney was able to get on the ground floor of purchasing the land.

• Only 2% of Disneyland visitors came from east of the Mississippi where 75% of the countries population lived.

When asked why he picked the site near Orlando Disney said: “the freeway routs, they bisect here.” The traffic that they would generate would be tremendous.

Unfortunately Walt Disney died on December 15th 1966 never seeing his vision materialize. His brother Roy O. Disney oversaw the construction and named the park in honor of his brother Walt Disney World.

Walt Disney world first opened on October 1, 1971. Disney's Polynesian Resort, Disney's Contemporary Resort, and Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground were also completed in time for the park's opening.

The history of Disney World continued when 1982 Epcot Center was opened and was adapted from Walt Disney’s vision for a “community of tomorrow.”

Disney theme parks continue to flourish with high numbers of satisfied customers some 50+ years after the initial openings!

Sources: Disney Magic by Rich Hamilton, Wikipedia: Walt Disney World Resort.

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One of the best ways to save money on Disney World vacations is with an Insiders Savings Guide.

Disney World Savings Guide

The Ultimate Disney World Savings Guide!
The Ultimate Disney World Savings Guide is written by ex-Disney employee Beth Haworth. She was a Disney Cast member who thoroughly enjoyed her job.

After years of watching hundreds of families needlessly throw money away because they didn’t know any better she decided to do something about it.

It is everything Beth learned to help others have a great vacation without breaking the bank.

Here is just a sampling on ways to save money:

• When to go to Disney World –taking advantage of low price seasons.
• Disney Lodging – Savings Secrets & Strategies.
• Take the “free” Magical Express shuttle from the airport.
• Slash food expenses without sacrificing eating out.
• Find the hottest rides and get the best seats in the house.
• How to bypass the crowds with Hidden Entrances.
• Much More!

Beth Haworth does an excellent job of navigating you though the complexities of deals that Disney World has to offer. This Labyrinth of deals needs a seasoned guide.
Highly Recommended!

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