Park Spotlight: Magic Kingdom- A Look Back

Photo Credit: By Florida Development Commission - State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory

Magic Kingdom opened its gates for the first time on October 1, 1971. The Magic Kingdom of today is much different from the Magic Kingdom of the 70’s. Let’s take a look back at Magic Kingdom through the years.

Magic Kingdom was built as a larger, improved version of Disneyland Park in California, with Cinderella Castle as the representation. It opened with twenty-three attractions, three unique to the park and twenty replicas of attractions at Disneyland, split into six themed lands, Main Street USA, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Adventureland, and Liberty Square.

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On opening day general admission cost was $3.50 per adult, $2.50 for juniors (ages 12-17), and $1.00 for a child (age 3-11), additional Ride Adventure Books were available for an additional cost. Flash back to October 1, 1971 - My family of 4 could visit Magic Kingdom for 1 day for a grand total of $21.00.

Over the years Magic Kingdom has evolved and expanded. We have seen attractions and parades come and go. In the 1980’s Magic Kingdom introduced its 2nd thrill seeking ride, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. In June 1988, Mickey’s Birthdayland opened for Mickey Mouse 60th Birthday Celebration, and also Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party was introduced. In the 90’s New Tomorrowland was dedicated featuring all new rides and attractions like The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter and Astro Orbiter. Mickey’s Toontown Fair replaced Mickey’s Starland (originally Mickey’s Birthdayland), and in 1996 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party was created. But the biggest change to Magic Kingdom began in 2011 when Mickey’s Toontown Fair closed to build Storybook Circus in the New Fantasyland extension. Storybook Circus is based from the film Dumbo and other characters from the Mickey Mouse universe. In 2012 Snow White’s Scary Adventures closed to create Princess Fairytale Hall and in May 2014 The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opened completing New Fantasyland.

Video Credit: The World of Parks Youtube Page

Here are a couple of photos through the years from my family and our family at Fairytale Adventures Travel:

Walt Disney himself said “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” I can only believe that he had the same philosophy for Walt Disney World as well. I can't wait to see what the next 45 years will bring us.

“Walt Disney World is a tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney... and to the talents, the dedication, and the loyalty of the entire Disney organization that made Walt Disney's dream come true. May Walt Disney World bring Joy and Inspiration and New Knowledge to all who come to this happy place... a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn — together.” by Roy O. Disney

Cindy Dismukes

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