Forty Years Ago Today

Forty years ago today was a truly magical, historic day. October 1, 1971 was the opening day of Walt Disney World. Even though it took place before I was born, that date is special to me because WDW has held more significance for me than any other place outside of Georgia.

If I had a time machine I’d love to go back and see what the early, early days were like at the Magic Kingdom and resorts. Even though my first time visiting was 1973, obviously my memories don’t quite stretch that far. I’d love to see how much the park(s) have changed, how different the resorts are. I wish I could go back and ride some of the attractions that are gone.

Walt Disney World is such a special place for me, with so many memories and excitement about trips to come. Happy 40th Birthday WDW! (It’s also the 29th anniversary of the opening of Epcot.) Here’s to even more than 40 more magical years!

For some cool remembrances, the Disney Parks blog has a cool infographic timeline of the resort’s history, as well as a glimpse into the guests’ guidebook for opening day. There’s also a special reminiscence from Disneyland’s president, who was a cast member at WDW on opening day.