This week, we have a special edition of our weekly feature - The Disney Look... to the Past! It will be an extended edition, due to the fact that the Walt Disney World Resort has recently reached the milestone of being around for more than 40 years. Let's take a look back at what happened in the past:
As well received as Disneyland Park was, Walt Disney didn’t anticipate the “real world” encroaching upon his dream, and the berm surrounding the park occasionally failed to hide nearby Interstate 5 or the growing number of hotels across Harbor Boulevard. In addition, only a small percentage of the park’s Guests visited from east of the Mississippi River.
|Joined by Florida Gov. Haydon Burns, Walt and Roy O. Disney announce the project on Nov. 15, 1965.|
|Cinderella Castle has been the icon of the Walt Disney World Resort since the site opened Oct. 1, 1971.|
1982 - Epcot opens
1988 - Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort opens
1991 – “SpectroMagic” debuts at Magic Kingdom Park
1992 - Critter Country, including Splash Mountain and the Beaver Bros. Canoes, opens at Tokyo Disneyland Park
1993 - Walt Disney Pictures releases “Cool Runnings”
1994 - Euro Disney Resort is renamed Disneyland Paris
1996 - Disney’s BoardWalk officially opens
1998 - “Fantasmic!” debuts at Disney-MGM Studios (now Disney's Hollywood Studios)
1999 - The Millennium Celebration begins at the Walt Disney World Resort
1999 - The “Leave a Legacy” program begins in the entrance plaza at Epcot
2000 - Conservation Station becomes Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
2005 - Robert A. (Bob) Iger becomes chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company
2009 - The Walt Disney Family Museum opens in San Francisco, Calif.
1971 - Admiral Joe Fowler Riverboat opens at Magic Kingdom Park
1983 - Epcot leaders hold groundbreaking ceremonies for The Living Seas and Morocco pavilions
1992 - Walt Disney Pictures releases “The Mighty Ducks”
1992 - Splash Mountain opens at Magic Kingdom Park
1996 - World of Disney opens at the Downtown Disney Marketplace within the Walt Disney World Resort
1999 - Disney’s FASTPASS service is offered at Disneyland Paris for the first time on Indiana Jones et le Tempil de Peril
2010 - The inaugural Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon is held at the Walt Disney World Resort
1955 - “Mickey Mouse Club” debuts on ABC
2002 - Le Bat en Rouge opens at Disneyland Park
2004 - “Desperate Housewives” debuts on ABC
1993 - Mission to Mars closes at Magic Kingdom Park
1998 - The Epcot Discovery Center closes at Epcot
1932 - “Touchdown Mickey” (Mickey Mouse cartoon short) debuts
1949 - Walt Disney Pictures releases “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad”
1955 - The Disneyland Hotel opens next to Disneyland Park
1996 - The American Film Institute Showcase is dedicated at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
1983 - Walt Disney Pictures releases “Never Cry Wolf”
1989 - An electronic marquee is unveiled outside Disneyland Park along Harbor Boulevard
1994 - Touchstone Pictures releases “Ed Wood”
1995 - Disneyland Paris links a communications line with the Mir space station
1998 - Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin opens at Magic Kingdom Park
2002 – “a bug’s land” opens at Disney California Adventure Park
the "look to the past" posts rarely draw many comments but i love them!
its great to learn all the history of Disney parks
Long may the Disney look to the past continue!
Wow... this Look to the past and Back to the Future is Awesome!!!!
Starting from JANUARY 2014, we will bring back the official OTPN Newsletter. It will be sent to all the subscribers once a week (generally on Sunday), and it will contain all the highlights from the past week, a look at what's in store, and (in some instances) even some very interesting info and/or photos not previously shared on our site!