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Robert Niles

Happy 38th birthday, Walt Disney World!

Published: October 1, 2009 at 10:24 AM

On October 1, 1971, the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World opened officially, as Walt's brother Roy brought the first Disney theme park to the east coast. Here's the famous Life magazine photo from the opening:

Life photo of Walt Disney World, via Google Images

Disneyland was my first theme park, and one of my home parks now. But Walt Disney World was where I worked, and where I found a home for five years. I don't know if WDW still is celebrating its birthdays with free cupcakes for cast and guests, but if it is, someone please enjoy one for me today.

Cinderella's Castle
The castle, during Christmas celebrations last year

Here's looking forward to a great 40th birthday in two Octobers!

Replies (7)

Adam Clinard

Published: October 1, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Those pictures bring back fond memories. I met amazing people when I worked at Disney World in Tomorrowland. Disney is tough to work for, but the people make the difference. I worked at Disney World in 2002 right after 9/11. No matter what other people do to tear us down, the USA still believes in the magic of Disney!
Corbin Barker

Published: October 1, 2009 at 12:23 PM

I absolutely agree. The people you work with are some of the best co-workers and friends anybody could ask for. Making magic is addicting, and hopefully I will be still working for them for the big 4-0
Anthony Murphy

Published: October 1, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Its just an amazing place!

Published: October 1, 2009 at 5:38 PM

The very first time my husband and I went to Walt Disney World was Oct. 1, 1971. It was exciting to drive up to the entrance and see the sign across the road saying Welcome, Disney World. I remember leaving the Magic Kingdom and the invited guests coming in for the official
opening ceremonies and how beautiful everyone was dressed in their formal attire. Thanks for many more magical trips since then! Mary
TH Creative

Published: October 1, 2009 at 6:53 PM

Well done, Mr. Niles. Well done!
David Graham

Published: October 1, 2009 at 7:22 PM

Was probably the poorest I was, lol, but one of the most enjoyable jobs ever when I worked for WDW in early 90s. I just hate all that I really worked is gone, Skyway, 20,000, Delta, Mission to Mars (hi Mr. Johnson) CircleVision. At least I still have TTA, Indy for memories when I do visit....
Anthony Murphy

Published: October 1, 2009 at 7:28 PM

Awesome Video from Disney's Blog for WDW's Birthday!

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