On this day in 1971, Walt Disney World officially opened its gates to guests for the very first time. The Resort’s first park – Magic Kingdom – also opened on that day and was the second Disney theme park to open in the United States after Disneyland in 1955. Eleven years later on October 1st in 1982, Epcot officially opened as the second park in Disney World and the third park in the United States.
Happy Birthday to Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, and Epcot!
Walt Disney World will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on October 1, 2021, and Epcot will celebrate its 39th birthday on the same day.