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Celebrating 50 Years of Disney Magic

To honor Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary, we’ve asked our readers to share their favorite Disney memories over the past five decades.

The famous Walt Disney once said, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them,” and he did just that. On October 1, 1971, the Happiest Place on Earth – Walt Disney World Resort – opened our hearts and imagination to the world of magic, fantasy and the power of believing in your dreams.

Since then, the vacation destination has expanded from its first park, Magic Kingdom, to include EPCOT, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios, as well as multiple themed hotels, water parks and Disney Springs. But more than just the brick-and-mortar growth we’ve seen over the past five decades, Disney has become a filmmaking giant and a leader in digital streaming services. Walt Disney World Resort has really woven itself into the very fabric of what makes Central Florida the Most Special Community on Earth. 

The resort’s four parks are planning an 18-month celebration called “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” which begins October 1. Want to know what to expect? Check out disneyworld.disney.go.com/50th-anniversary.

To help get you in a celebratory mood, check out some of our readers’ favorite Disney memories.

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Written by Kaitlyn Fusco

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