It’s October 1st!!! It may mean a different things to different people. It is the first day of enrollment in Obamacare at healthcare.gov. The government has shut down (and I won’t go into all the horrible ramifications of that.) And it is the Magic Kingdom’s 42nd anniversary and Epcot’s 31st anniversary.
The Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom opened on October 1, 1971, along with Disney’s Comtemporary Resort and Disney’s Polynesian Resort. On opening day it had twenty-three attractions, three unique to the park and twenty replicas of attractions at Disneyland.
Walt Disney World’s Epcot – then EPCOT Center – opened on October 1, 1982 and is dedicated to the celebration of human achievement, namely technological innovation and international culture, and is often referred to as a “Permanent World’s Fair.”
As part of the opening-day ceremony, dancers and band members performed We’ve Just Begun to Dream. The Sherman Brothers wrote a song especially for the occasion entitled, “The World Showcase March”. During the finale, doves and many sets of balloons were released. Performing groups representing countries from all over the world performed in World Showcase. Water gathered from major rivers across the globe was emptied into the park’s fountain of nations ceremonial containers to mark the opening.
Happy Anniversary to my two favorite Parks!!!