50 years of Magic: Share your Disney memories with News 6

Walt Disney World kicks off 50 years celebration on Oct. 1

ORLANDO, Fla. – Since its opening in 1971 with just one park, Walt Disney World has brought countless people joy and created meaningful moments for those who have visited.

In October 1971, the resort opened to guests, culminating years spent planning and developing Walt Disney’s “magical dream.”

Walt Disney World’s Most Magical Celebration, which kicks off on Oct. 1, is an 18-month celebration of its 50th, bringing new shows, decorations and experiences for guests throughout its parks.

As we approach the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World, News 6 wants to hear what memories you have with the parks.

Send us an email to Disney50@wkmg.com with your name and memory, especially if you were at Magic Kingdom when it first opened. You can even share your photos with us!

We are also opening up our Disney 50 phoneline where you can leave a voicemail with your name and memory by calling us at 888-664-9564. Some voice messages will be used throughout our Disney 50 coverage to highlight the impact the parks have had over the years. The phone line closes Sunday, Sept. 26.

We’ve been counting down to its anniversary and celebrating 50 years of Magic with daily looks at the past, how Disney’s opening shaped Central Florida’s present and what’s in store for the future.

For complete coverage of Disney’s 50th anniversary, click here.

About the Author:

Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined ClickOrlando.com in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.