Elisa's Daily Scoop
Disney World Opening Day
Howdy my dear peeps!
As you might have noticed, Tanya and I have been very focused on Disney World throughout this week.
Well, maybe it's because we have a Cousins trip coming up!
I thought it would be fun to walk down memory lane and take a look at how Disney World in Orlando has changed through the years.
2016 marks the 45th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, as it opened on October 1, 1971.
The official opening of the Walt Disney World Resort included Magic Kingdom Park, Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Polynesian Resort and Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.
According to This Day in DisneyHistory.com:
"On Friday October 1, 1971 - after seven years of planning - about 10,000 visitors
converged near Orlando, Florida, to witness the grand opening of Walt Disney World.
The Magic Kingdom, encompassing approximately 107 acres, featured Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Liberty
Square, Tomorrowland, a Main Street USA, and about 5,500 Cast Members. (MK was the only theme park at WDW.)"
Now, this is really going to get you...
The admission prices on opening day were as follows:
* Seven Adventure Ticket Book: Adult $4.75, Junior $4.25, Children $3.75
(included transportation, admission to MK and seven adventures)
* Eleven Adventure Ticket Book: Adult $5.75, Junior $5.25, Children $4.75
(included transportation, admission to MK and eleven adventures)
* General Admission: Adult $3.50, Junior $2.50, Children $1.00
(inlcuded unlimited use for one day of transportation system, admission to MK and all
free shows, exhibits and entertainment)
* Parking: 50 cents per automobile
I just bought my tickets and the cost for a 3-Day Ticket with Admission to 1 Park Per Day was $290.00 per person. That came to over $900 with tax!
Now, I get that the parks have expanded. I get that there is more to do and more attractions. And I get that there is now free transportation. But, golly that's a big jump in the price even in 45 years.
Check out this old Disney World brochure pictured above!!
Can you believe those prices!!
My very first visit to Disney World was when my parents took us in 1975. I was in the fifth grade - the same age Kelsey is now.
I still remember vividly attractions like "It's A Small World" and "Peter Pan's Flight" and "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (which, by the way, doesn't exist anymore).
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage was an attraction at the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World from 1971 through 1994.
I still remember being on board and "going under the water" and seeing the bubbles and hearing Captain Nemo's voice.
In it's place since closing, there have a been number of attractions which include:
Ariel's Grotto (1995-2004), Pooh's Playful Spot (2005-2010) and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (2014-present).
Today Disney World has expanded beyond anyone's imagination (except Walt himself!) and the resort is the flagship destination of Disney's worldwide corporate enterprise.
Walt Disney World is the most visited vacation resort in the world, with an attendance of over 52 million people annually.
The property covers 27,258 acres or 43 square miles, housing twenty-seven themed resort hotels, nine non–Disney hotels, four theme parks, two water parks, several golf courses, a camping resort, and other entertainment venues.
As I mentioned above, Magic Kingdom was the first theme park to open in the complex, in 1971, followed by Epcot in 1982, Hollywood Studios in 1989, and the most recent, Animal Kingdom in 1998.
And I think it's safe to say, it is the place "Where Dreams Come True" by the likes of it's sheer size and visitors annually and the fact that the Cousins keep returning again and again!
So, back to my day...
Every morning, my routine is to drop the girls off at school and then I'd stop and get a hot chocolate or do some early morning grocery shopping and take a brisk walk.
Well, things have changed a bit since Punkin came on the scene and joined our family. My NEW routine is for me to drop the girls off at school WITH PUNKIN in tow!
After loading up the car with their book bags and lunch boxes, I get the little beast in the car and we all drive off. She starts crying as we make our approach to the school because she knows they will be leaving. Then she makes her way from the back seat into the front seat next to me and we drive back home.
Then, once home, we spend a little quality time in the yard (weather permitting) for her to hang out, play a bit and now, chase a few squirrels.
After this, she is ready for her morning nap, while I straighten, do laundry and prepare dinner for the night.
Today, is going to be a little different. During her nap (which I'll put her in her crate), I'm going to run a few errands, which will include taking a walk. I have noticed that I've gotten a little flabby since her arrival!
On that note, I'll see ya back here tomorrow!
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