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Jun 14, 2020

Walt Disney World first opened to guests on October 1st, 1971, with some news outlets predicting over 300,000 visitors on day one. 

In an attempt to limit crowds, and not repeat the opening day chaos of Disneyland in California, official dedications and other media events were held off until later in the month. The...

Jun 14, 2020

EPCOT Center, Walt Disney World’s second gate opened to the public on October 1, 1982.  By all accounts, however, October 1st was really soft opening, with only Spaceship Earth being dedicated on that day. A grand opening week was held from October 15-27 for celebrates, Press, VIPs and top executives from corporate...