Disney’s Magical Day

Disney’s Magical Day

When you think about October the 1st what is it that first thing comes to your mind? Do you think about Football, pumpkin patches, leaf piles, cooler fall weather, or maybe Halloween and candy? Or perhaps none of these things come to mind and instead you think about something completely different. For each of us October 1st has its own special meaning. For the Walt Disney Company, October 1st represents a day of major company landmarks! It is a day that has become notable in Disney company history. Of the major historic events that have had great impact on The Walt Disney Company, today in Disney History… October 1, 1935 – Legendary Broadway and film star Julie Andrews was born as Julia Elizabeth Wells in in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom. Ms. Andrews was discovered by Walt Disney in a 1962 stage production of Camelot. Andrews has since gone on to become a Disney icon with her roles as the “practically perfect in every way!” British Nanny Mary Poppins and Queen Clarisse Marie Renaldi in The Princess Diaries 1 and 2. Ms. Andrews also played the role of the Nanny in two Disney 2003 made-for-television movies based on the Eloise books and also narrated Disney’s live-action musical comedy Enchanted. Andrews also served as the Official Ambassador for Disneyland’s 18-month-long, 50th anniversary celebration, the “Happiest Homecoming on Earth” from 2005 to 2006. October 1, 1971 – The Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista Florida, just outside Orlando, had its grand opening! While Walt Disney regretfully did not live to see the park open he was instrumental in the site selection and in the initial planning of the resort which is today the largest and most visited recreational resort in the world. Walt’s brother – Roy O. Disney dedicated the property and declared that it would be known as “Walt Disney World” in his brother’s honor. On opening day the Resort consisted of the Magic Kingdom Theme park and two resorts – The Polynesian and The Contemporary. All 3 original properties still exist today. October 1, 1982 – EPCOT Center, Walt Disney World’s second theme park, had its grand opening. Originally planned by Walt Disney as a a utopian city of the future which would be home to twenty thousand residents and would be a test bed for city planning and organization, EPCOT stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. After Disney’s death, The Walt Disney Company decided that it did not want to be in the business of running a town and thus built the present day version of EPCOT Center Theme Park. October 1, 1988 – The Caribbean Beach Resort opened at Walt Disney World. Featuring 2,112 rooms, it is the first moderately priced resort on Disney property. October 1, 1995 – Disney’s Vero Beach Resort opened in Vero Beach, Florida. The resort was the first Disney Vacation Club resort to be constructed outside of the Walt Disney World Resort area. It was the test resort to see how successful other Disney Vacation Club resort outside of Disney Park areas might be. October 1, 2005 – Michael Eisner leaves his job as CEO of the Walt Disney Company ending a 21 year tenure that saw many major changes to the company. Robert Iger will succeed him take over as the new CEO of The Walt Disney Company. October 1, 2009 – The Walt Disney Family Museum opens in San Francisco, California. The interactive museum, in San Francisco’s Presidio (a former U.S. military facility that is now part of the Golden State National Recreation Area) focuses on the life and times of Walt Disney. Dedicated by Diane Disney Miller, the eldest daughter of Walt Disney and his wife Lillian, the museum tells the story of Walt Disney’s life, in his own words, and in the words of others who knew him well and worked with him. In addition to these major milestones, many other Disney “Firsts” also took place today that are too numerous to mention. However, as you can see, the one thing that is a certainty is that October 1st truly is Disney’s Magical Day. It will be interesting to see what October 1st brings in the future for the Walt Disney Company!

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