Two Weeks in Disney Parks & Resorts History

Sheesh, life gets busy, and I fall way behind on this!  ….

OCTOBER 20

 

Walt Disney World:  October 20, 1965
“The Orlando Sentinel” runs a story pegging Disney as the mystery industry buying up all the land required for the future theme park/resort destination.
 
 
Walt Disney World:  October 19, 1989
Body Wars debuts at Epcot Center in the Wonders of Life pavilion, in Future World.

OCTOBER 19

OCTOBER 18

OCTOBER 17

New York World’s Fair:  October 17, 1965

The 1964-65 World’s Fair officially closes.  Three of the Walt Disney Productions produced attractions will be shipped back to California to be installed at DisneylandCarousel of Progress, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, and It’s a Small World.

OCTOBER 16

Walt Disney World:  October 16, 2001

It is reported that the opening of newest Walt Disney World resort, POP Century, is postponed until further notice due a marked drop in theme park attendance since the September 11th terrorist attacks.

 OCTOBER 15

 

Walt Disney World:  October 15, 1971
The newly opened Walt Disney World resort is featured in LIFE magazine.  A color photo of 1,500 Disney employees, posing in front of Cinderella’s Castle, is featured on the cover.
 
OCTOBER 14 
 
Walt Disney World:  October 14, 1971
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea officially opens in Fantasyland.
 
Disneyland:  October 14, 2004

Bidding officially begins on eBay for the “Disneyland Haunted Mansion 1000th Ghost Experience”. The winning bidder will have their own personalized “tombstone” immortalized at the classic Anaheim park attraction, as well as receive a miniature version to keep. The unique gravestone will bear the winner’s first name and a humorous epitaph to be inspired by the winner’s interests or hobbies written and personalized by Walt Disney Imagineering.

 
 OCTOBER 13

Disneyland:  October 13, 1986

The Golden Horseshoe Revue, which has been running since day one (July 17, 1955) in Frontierland officially closes. The show holds the Guinness World Record for “greatest number of performances of any theatrical production”.  The show features Betty Taylor, who has played Sluefoot Sue for 30 years, the longestrunning cast member.

OCTOBER 12

 

OCTOBER 11

Disneyland:  October 11, 1955

 

Ticket books are available for the very first time at a cost of $2.50 per adult, $2.00 per junior and $1.50 per child.   The “A Day at Disneyland” book contains three A, two B, and three C tickets (D tickets won’t be added until the following year and E tickets in 1959).

 

 

OCTOBER 10

 

OCTOBER 9

Walt Disney World:  October 9, 2003

Epcot closes at 3:00 pm for a special evening press event in celebration of the grand opening of Mission: SPACE. The dedication is presided over by Michael Eisner, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Co., Carly Fiorina, CEO of  Hewlett Packard, and Sean O’Keefe, President of NASA. In attendance are legendary astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Jim Lovell and Wally Schirra.  

OCTOBER 8

 

Mickey’s PhilharMagic, a new computer-animated 3-D  attraction officially opens at the Magic Kingdom.

 

OCTOBER 7

One thought to “Two Weeks in Disney Parks & Resorts History”

  1. Good to have you back stopher! Haven’t heard much from you lately. Hope everything is going ok!

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