The Walt Disney World Resort Orlando, Florida

Opened on October 1, 1971, The Walt Disney World Resort was the cumulation of a life's work for Walt Disney. Though he never was able to see it finished, Walt Disney World was built from his vision.

The Magic Kingdom Park, Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Polynesian Resort, and the Walt Disney World Monorail system were all opened on the same day in 1971.

Ten years later, on October 1, 1981, EPCOT Center was opened. Though much different than the original design, EPCOT Featured two theme lands. Future World which focused on science, technology and the natural world. And the World Showcase, 11 themed pavilions from 11 unique cultures.

The Walt Disney World Resort's next great expansion would happen in 1989, when it would opened Disney's MGM Studios (now known as Disney's Hollywood Studios), Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, and Pleasure Island, an adult entertainment area.

Walt Disney World's newest theme park opened on Earth Day in 1998, Disney's Animal Kingdom. The park was Disney's largest and wildest venture yet. The park's theme was conservation of the world's wildlife and it is home to hundreds of species of animals.

Walt Disney believed that his theme parks would never be finished. They would grow and change with the years, and that has remained true to this day. Each year, the Disney Parks and Resort shift, change and grow.

I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing — that it was all started by a mouse. - Walt Disney

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