WALT DISNEY ANNOUNCED HE WAS BUILDING DISNEY WORLD 50 YEARS AGO TODAY. HERE ARE FIVE RELATED NOTES
- •Back in the day, Orlando was a citrus-and-cow town.
- •Walt's vision for Florida focused on the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow aka EPCOT. But he died before WDW construction began.
- •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.
- •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.)
- •In 2014, Orlando received 62 million visitors.