A Week in Disney Parks & Resorts History

SEPTEMBER 23
Walt Disney World:  September 23, 1980
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad debuts in Frontierland at Walt Disney World‘s Magic Kingdom park.
 
SEPTEMBER 24
 
Walt Disney World:  September 24, 1973
Construction begins in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom on a new one story structure to house General Electric’s Carousel of Progress.  The attraction will be shipped east from Disneyland and become a permanent addition in Florida.
 
 
 
Walt Disney World:  September 24, 2001
Epcot‘s all new Tapestry of Dreams parade debuts as part of the 100 Years of Magic celebration, commemorating the 100th year since Walt Disney’s birth
 
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Walt Disney World:  September 26, 1967
Compass East Corporation, a conglomeration of many dummy companies responsible for purchasing all of the land for the new Walt Disney World theme park and resort slated to open in 1971, is renamed the Walt Disney World Company

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Disneyland:  September 28, 1953
Herb Ryman and Walt Disney sketch out plans for a new theme park to be built in Anaheim, California – Disneyland.   Walt’s brother Roy will be taking the plans with him to New York City to meet with the 3 major TV networks seeking financing for the new park.  (Unfortunately CBS TV executives are not interested;  NBC’s parent company RCA, hesitates to make a commitment; But ABC eagerly agrees to participate!  The final agreement won’t be signed until April 1954, but will include a $500,000 investment from ABC, plus a guarantee for a $4.5 million line of credit – in return for a 35% ownership interest in Disneyland and a weekly one-hour TV program of Disney films and production for television, hosted by Walt Disney himself.  With the ongoing success of the park, both Walt and Roy find a way to buy back ABC’s ownership interest by 1957 – and ironically, in 2002, the Walt Disney Company purchases the parent company of ABC!)

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