Sometimes you have to look beyond the flashy press materials that Disney throws at you to find the real story. A lot of websites don’t bother with that, but we do.. and occasionally we find something interesting.
Case in point, photos and blurbs in advance of Walt Disney World’s 40th anniversary showing up in their media website without any reference or explanation. Typically photos or videos are tied to articles or press releases for what the company wants to push. These? They’ve been put online by Disney, sitting there relatively unnoticed, advertising the forthcoming 40th anniversary on October 1st.
We’ll include the official Disney blurbs for your reading enjoyment:
“A World-Class Welcome”
On Oct. 1, 1971, Roy O. Disney, brother of Walt Disney, was joined by the beloved Disney character that started it all, Mickey Mouse, in welcoming the first guests during the grand opening of Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. On Oct. 1, 2011 the theme park will mark 40 years of memories and magic. (©Disney)
“The Excitement of Fantasy Builds”
In 1971, a blue-spired castle – destined to become one of the world’s most-photographed buildings – rose in Central Florida as the iconic centerpiece of Magic Kingdom, which opened on Oct. 1, 1971. In the 40 years since guests first strolled down Main Street, U.S.A., Walt Disney World Resort has blazed brave new entertainment trails based on its founder’s fertile imagination and vision that the resort would forever continue to evolve. On Oct. 1, 2011 Magic Kingdom will mark 40 years of memories and magic. (©Disney)
“A Surprise Celebration”
The Surprise Celebration 20th Anniversary Rededication Ceremony in 1991 brought legions of Disney cast onto Main Street, U.S.A. during a “flyover” of Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (©Disney)
“Happiest Celebration on Earth!”
Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom park, adorned in gold regalia, joined worldwide Disney destinations on May 5, 2005 during the “Happiest Celebration on Earth,” in honor of the 50th anniversary of Disneyland. Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. will celebrate 40 years of Magic on Oct. 1, 2011. (©Disney)
“The Years of Magic”
Disney characters and cast gathered to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Magic Kingdom on a picture-perfect day in 1991. Magic Kingdom, the first theme park of the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake, Buena Vista, Fla., will celebrate 40 years of memories and magic On Oct. 1, 2011. (©Disney)