Video: 1971 Grand Opening of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

| October 1, 2011

In this video, released by Disney, Mickey Mouse leads a parade of characters down Main Street, U.S.A. to officially open Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971.  Parking lots are jammed and traffic was backed up for miles as folks headed to the new theme park.  Also included in the video is a clip of Roy Disney’s dedication speech held in the Town Square on October 25, 1971.

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  • tofubeast

    Some people were complaining about yesterday’s “simple” and “modest” parade for the 40th. But watching the film above, it seems it was a nod to the parade of the past! Sometimes things don’t have to be all over-the-top. There is beauty in simplicity.