Walt Disney World Resort Opens
The Walt Disney World Resort is most visited vacation resort in the world boasting of an annual attendance of 52.5 million. Originally designed as a sister theme park to Disneyland, WDW opened its gates on this day in 1971 at Bay Lake, Florida. Part of the plans called for an “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow,” (EPCOT) a planned city that would serve as a test bed for new innovations for city living. Though the end result was quite a bit different from the original plans, EPCOT also opened on this day in 1982. Later, the Disney/MGM Studios (now called Disney’s Hollywood Studios) opened in 1989 and Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened in 1999.
Other events that have happened on this day:
The Ford Model T sells for $825 in 1908.
“In God We Trust” gets prints on paper U.S. currency for the first time in 1957.
Sony and Phillips release the compact disc in 1982.
Cartoon Network appears for the first time in 1992.
Famous people born on this day:
Jimmy Carter, president of the United States (1924)
Tom Bosley, actor (1927)
Dave Arneson, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons (1947)
Randy Quaid, actor (1950)
Jay Underwood, actor and pastor (1968)
Zach Galifianakis, actor, producer and screenwriter (1969)
Sarah Drew, actress (1980)
Brie Larson, actress (1989)