From PJ Media: Happy 45th Birthday to Walt Disney World!

For hardcore Disney fans like me, October 1 is a special day, one that we hold as high as the birthday of a relative or dear friend. It’s the day Walt Disney World opened, marking the culmination of Walt Disney’s greatest dream—one that he did not live to see.

Even marginal followers of Disney history know the origin story of Walt Disney World, but I’ll summarize it here for the uninitiated. Walt and Roy Disney were thrilled with the early success of Disneyland, but one factor took them aback: the urban blight that quickly enveloped the area surrounding the park. Walt vowed that, if he had another chance to build a park, he would build again on enough land to control not just the areas where guests would visit, but the surrounding area as well.

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