Happy Birthday to Walt Disney World.
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. Dedicated this 25th day of October, 1971. Roy O. Disney
Happy Birthday to EPCOT Center.
To all who come to this place of Joy, Hope and Friendship—Welcome. EPCOT is inspired by Walt Disney’s creative vision. Here, human achievements are celebrated through imagination, wonders of enterprise and concepts of a future that promises new and exciting benefits for all. May EPCOT Center entertain, inform and inspire and above all, may it instill a new sense of belief and pride in man’s ability to shape a world that offers hope to people everywhere in the world.
—E. Cardon Walker, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Walt Disney Productions, October 24, 1982
37 years ago today Walt Disney World opened to the public, the first step in implementing what was Walt Disney’s dream for a new type of community, his gift to the world. Sadly, I have to report we are only baby steps closer to making that dream a reality. Disney fans, we have a lot of work to do.