WALT DISNEY ANNOUNCED HE WAS BUILDING DISNEY WORLD 50 YEARS AGO TODAY. HERE ARE FIVE RELATED NOTES

  1. Back in the day, Orlando was a citrus-and-cow town.
  2. Walt's vision for Florida focused on the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow aka EPCOT. But he died before WDW construction began.
  3. It began with Magic Kingdom in 1971, followed by a re-imagined Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios (née Disney-MGM) and Animal Kingdom. It also lead to Universal an SeaWorld parks plus a slew of tourism entities on International Drive and beyond.
  4. Walt purchased 43 square miles of Central Florida land, which helped create a buffer between his attractions and other businesses. (See Disneyland and Anaheim, Calif.)
  5. In 2014, Orlando received 62 million visitors.