Today in Disney History

Disneyland:  May 8, 1991
Newspapers report that The Walt Disney Company has proposed a $3.1 billon project to build a new theme park called WESTCOT in Anaheim next to the company flagship park, Disneyland.  Initial plans call for building hotels, retail space and a second theme park (patterned after Epcot) on 470 acres.   (Ultimately WESTCOT never transpires as originally proposed, though a modified form with an entirely different theme park concept, revised hotel and retail spaces do open a decade later in the form of Disney’s California Adventure, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Downtown Disney).

 
Walt Disney World:  May 8, 2000
2000 young visionaries from around the globe meet at Walt Disney World for the 3-day Millennium Dreamers Celebration.  The celebration was in collaberation with McDonalds and UNESO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and set out to find and celebrate the accomplishments of children ages 8-15 from every corner of the globe.  The celebration was considered to the most far-reaching recognition program for children ever created, and conceived as a way to identify and recognize children in the world who are making a positive difference in their communities.

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