Today in Disney Parks & Resorts History

Disneyland:  October 1, 1956
Disneyland welcomes its’ five-millionth guest
 
 
Walt Disney World:  October 1, 1971
The Magic Kingdom, the Contemporary Resort and the Polynesian Resort all open for the very first time at the all new Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.  Nearly 10,000 guests arrive on opening day.  This is Walt Disney Productions second theme park.

Walt Disney World:  October 1, 1982

Walt Disney World celebrates the grand opening of EPCOT Center, the company’s third theme park, with more more than 100 television crews from all over the world covering the event. Walt Disney’s wife Lillian Disney helps in the dedication of Spaceship Earth. EPCOT is an acronym coined by Walt Disney in 1966 which stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.  Though the EPCOT concept has changed from what Walt originally envisioned, the spirit and innovation needed to bring the dream to life live on in the theme park itself.
 
Tokyo Disneyland:  October 1, 1992
Splash Mountain opens at Tokyo Disneyland.  This is the third incarnation of this attraction.
 
Disneyland Paris:  October 1, 1994
Euro Disneyland officially changes its’ name to Disneyland Paris.
 
Disneyland and Walt Disney World:  October 1, 2006
Disney Parks’ new promotion, “Year of a Million Dreams” kicks off.  Daily prizes are awarded, including the coveted overnight stay inside Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom.

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