A Very Merry Happy Birthday!

43 years ago (yesterday), the Magic Kingdom opened its doors for the first time to guests at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. For the past several decades, millions of people have entered a world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy in ‘The Most Magical Place on Earth,’ and I am lucky to be one of those people.

Though Walt himself could not see the finished product, his spirit and legacy live on throughout the entire resort, and especially in the Magic Kingdom.

The Partner’s Statue just in front of Cinderella Castle is a fitting tribute to the man, and mouse, that started it all. I guarantee we will never lose sight of that.

The Magic Kingdom is truly my happy place. When I visited for the first time last year, I was in awe. The feeling you get as you walk down the middle of Main Street, USA right toward the castle is a feeling unlike any other. I would be lying if I said I didn’t shed a tear…or 50.

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Thank you, Walt, for having this magical vision and never giving up on your dream. And thank you to Roy for making sure Walt’s visions became a reality.

A few fun facts:

1) On opening day, the price of admission to the Magic Kingdom was $3.50. (Boy, I wish that were still in effect!)

2) The Magic Kingdom opened its doors to about 10,000 guests on opening day. Now, anywhere from 16-18 million guests visit every year.

3) Guests could purchase a book of ride tickets which were divided in categories from A to E, with E being the more popular attractions, such as Space Mountain and Haunted Mansion. However, this ticket book system in ended in 1982.

4) The cost of parking was 50 cents.

Here’s to another 43 years of magic, creativity and innovation! ❤

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