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The 1964 New York’s World Fair became the catalyst for Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL, opening Walt Disney’s imagination to the world of possibilities for another "Disneyland" Home to the original Magic Kingdom, Disneyland in Anaheim, California was opened in 1955, and for a long period of time, Walt Disney used to say, "There will never be another Disneyland". But when he was asked to built attractions for the World Fair and came up with Ford’s Magic Skyway, General Electric’s Carousel of Progress, the State of Illinois’ Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, and Pepsi-Cola’s It’s a Small World, he became so amazed with the technological advancements achieved by his team of designers, builders, and artists, whom he called "Imagineers", that he became absorbed with the idea of expanding these technologies to the public.

The concept of an East Coast project became more and more appealing. Learning a valuable lesson from the Disneyland Park - where the expanding population and tourist restaurants and hotels in Los Angeles crushed his intentions of keeping the world away and providing an escape in his land of make-believe - he decided to acquire huge amounts of land to accomplish this feat this time around.

Walt Disney sent his brother Roy and some associates to go looking for land big enough for Walt to build his dream. They found a big tract of land in Orlando, FL where Walt Disney would visit on November 1963. The well developed network of roads and the huge amounts of land in Orlando, FL, helped him reach a decision.

By 1964, Walt Disney Company started buying acres of land in Florida in secrecy and under dummy corporations, to prevent the price of land in Florida from going up. Soon enough, people started to speculate and prices started increasing in Florida. On November 15, 1965, Walt Disney held a press conference and announced his plans for the site; in his presentation, he included the futuristic city of EPCOT, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. The total land acquired by the corporation totaled to 27,443 acres or about 43 square miles of land.

Before his vision was to be realized, Walt Disney passed away on December 15, 1966. To oversee construction and finish the vision of his brother, Roy Disney postponed his retirement, and would follow his brother, passing away on December 15, 1966, two months after Walt Disney World Resort was opened to the public.

Some trivia about Walt Disney World, Florida

  • Walt Disney World has its own governing body that oversees public services such as utility services, fire protection, environmental protection, and self-legislation for regulating its own building methods and use of materials and technologies in overtaking projects. They are under a governing district formed on May 12, 1967, called the Reedy Creek Improvement District, forming two cities: Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista.
  • The Final price tag for the acquired land in Florida by the Disney company through dummy corporations, was a little over $5 million for 27, 443 acres of land.
  • Walt Disney World Resort is about twice the size of Manhattan and just about the same size as San Francisco.

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