Magic Kingdom

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Location: Magic Kingdom

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October 25, 1965 (1965-10-25)
May 30, 1967 (1967-05-30)
Soft Opening
September 7, 1971 (1971-09-07)
October 1, 1971 (1971-10-01)[1]
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Latitude — 28.4186745
Longitude — -81.5812500
Building Descriptions
Construction Cost
Theme — Magic
Park Size
Park Size — 107
Web Site
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Cinderella Castle

The Magic Kingdom was originally based on the design of Disneyland in California; however, there has been little duplication of the park. Many of the attractions at the Magic Kingdom have been enlarged from Disneyland. For example, the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom is 189 feet high, which is more than 100 feet taller than Sleeping Beauty's Castle in Disneyland. The first promotional information for the Magic Kingdom was created to show the differences between Disneyland and the new park. Because of this, Country Bear Jamboree, Liberty Square, Hall of Presidents, Space Mountain, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and the Mickey Mouse Revue were opened first at the Magic Kingdom. There are over 1,100 Audio-Animatronics at the Magic Kingdom and over one million fireworks are used annually in order to perform the nightly Wishes fireworks show.

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[edit] Opening of the Park

From Labor Day to the end of September, employees, construction workers, local leaders, business leaders, and their families were allowed in the park for the first 'soft opening'.

On opening day, Roy O. Disney gave the opening dedication for the park in Walt's stead. On October 25, 1971 (1971 -10-25), Roy O. Disney gave a tribute in Town Square alongside Mickey Mouse.

Hello. On opening day, many feared the crowds would be unmanageable, so the directors called in extra Florida State Troopers to deal with the crowds. Up to 100,000 visitors were expected on opening day; however, only 10,000 showed up. Many were scared off by the news stating that traffic would back up on Interstate 4, then only four lanes. Many pundits claimed this showed the park would be a flop, but by Thanksgiving that year, cars were backed up for miles to get in.

The grand opening peaked between October 23, 1971 (1971 -10-23) and October 25, 1971 (1971 -10-25) with a gala concert by the 60-nation World Symphony Orchestra and was directed by Maestro Arthur Fiedler. There was also a grand luau at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort along with Bob Hope dedicating Disney's Contemporary Resort. There was also a 1,076-piece marching band directed by "Music Man" Meredith Willson. Julie Andrews, Glen Campbell, Buddy Hackett, Jonathan Winters also attended the opening.[2]

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