Walt Disney World 40th Anniversary Recap!
Hello readers! For today’s post, I’d like to share with you and relive the wonderfully fun day I had on October 1st, the 40th Anniversary of Walt Disney World!
We got to the park earlier than I think I ever had, standing at the turnstiles around 7:30 or 8AM. It had already looked like this:
After getting past the turnstiles, a few of us made our way up front and center for the Magic Kingdom Opening Ceremony. The Mayor of Main Street was very, very excited to welcome so many Disney fans for the special day!
He then proceeded to open the park with all the characters, and the specially chosen “Family of the Day”, who looked absolutely terrified to be in front of such a huge crowds of WDW super fans!
After grabbing a special park map (or 12), we made our way to the Hub to get ready for the special presentation, which happened at 10AM. The presentation started out with a performance by the Main Street Philharmonic, who were excellent as always!
We then got a character procession down Main Street, followed by a couple of speeches, including words from Magic Kingdom Vice President Phil Holmes, and Walt Disney World President, Meg Crofton.
Of course, the Fairy Godmother was there to overlook the ceremonies and make sure nothing fishy happened!
After all the speeches were done, the Dapper Dans came on stage to lead us all in the largest sing along I have ever been a part of:
From there, it was basically a normal day at the Magic Kingdom, with the exception of a few pieces of merchandise and some artist signings, all of which got very, very crowded. Speaking of crowds, this was one of the busiest days I have ever experienced at the Magic Kingdom. By the time the fireworks came, Main Street was so crowded that backstage areas were being used to shuffle people in and out of the park. I think these two photos can explain this much better than I ever could though:
All in all, the 40th was a really awesome experience for me. I had never been to a large WDW celebration before, and it was just really exciting. Some people say that not enough was done for the anniversary, and while that might be true, 40 years simply isn’t 10, 25, or 50 in my book. It wasn’t overlooked, but it also wasn’t huge. The coolest thing, in my opinion, was seeing all the people there. Seeing so many folks who share a common interest and love for Walt Disney World was pretty amazing. To see how many people Walt and his team have reached over the years is a true statement to the magic of the place. It was certainly something I will never forget, and I can’t wait until the 50th so we can all get together and celebrate again! Thanks for reading, see ya real soon!!