As part of the “Florida Project,” Walt Disney secretly starts purchasing 27,433 acres of swampland in Central Florida for approximately $180 an acre.
The 1964-65 New York World’s Fair features the extensive use of Disney’s state-of-the-art audio-animatronic technology at exhibits such as Carousel of Progress, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln and It’s a Small World.
Walt Disney Productions releases Mary Poppins starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.
Walt Disney Productions releases The Misadventures of Merlin Jones.
On October 20, the Orlando Sentinel reports that Walt Disney has been buying up thousands of acres of land in Orange and Osceola counties.
During a press conference on November 15, Walt Disney (accompanied by his brother, Roy, and Florida Governor Haydon Burns) makes the first public announcement detailing his plans for the “Florida Project” at the Cherry Plaza Hotel in Orlando.
Walt Disney Productions releases That Darn Cat!
Walt Disney Productions releases Those Calloways.
Walt Disney Productions releases The Monkey's Uncle.
A 24-minute preview of the “Florida Project,” including plans for EPCOT (“Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow”), is recorded by Walt Disney on October 27.
Walt Disney dies of lung cancer at the age of 65 on December 15; Walt’s brother, Roy, moves forward with the Disney World Project.
Walt Disney Productions Releases Follow Me, Boys!
Legislation creating the Reedy Creek Improvement District, which allows Walt Disney Productions to proceed with construction of Walt Disney World, passes both the Florida House of Representatives and Senate, and is signed into law on May 12.
Site preparation begins for Disney’s Magic Kingdom.
Walt Disney Productions releases The Jungle Book.
Walt Disney Productions releases The Happiest Millionaire.
Walt Disney Productions releases The Gnome-Mobile.
A Florida Supreme Court ruling allows the Reedy Creek Improvement District to issue tax-free bonds to help finance the Disney World project.
Walt Disney Productions releases Blackbeard's Ghost.
Walt Disney Productions releases The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band.
The Mickey Mouse Revue in Fantasyland closes and is shipped to Tokyo Disneyland.
Walt Disney Productions releases Herbie Goes Bananas.
Walt Disney Productions releases Midnight Madness.
Walt Disney Productions and Paramount release Popeye.
Walt Disney World receives the Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence.
Walt Disney Productions releases The Fox and the Hound.
Walt Disney Productions and Paramount release Dragonslayer.
Walt Disney Productions releases The Watcher in the Woods.
Walt Disney Productions releases The Devil and Max Devlin.
Walt Disney Productions releases Condorman.
Epcot (originally known as EPCOT Center) opens on October 1 as the second theme park at Walt Disney World Resort with Future World pavilions that include The Land, Spaceship Earth, Universe of Energy and World of Motion, as well as nine World Showcase pavilions (USA, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Mexico, Germany, Italy, China and Japan.
A four-mile stretch of the Walt Disney World Monorail System is completed from the Ticket and Transportation Center to Epcot.
The Norway Pavilion opens in the World Showcase at Epcot with specialty shops, eateries, live entertainment and the Maelstrom thrill ride.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Beach Resort and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort both open at Walt Disney World Resort.
IllumiNations premieres at Epcot.
The Walt Disney Company releases Oliver & Company.
Disney-MGM Studios opens on May 1; Michael Eisner dedicates the new theme park to “Hollywood – not a place on a map but a state of mind that exists wherever people dream and wonder and imagine, a place where illusion and reality are fused by technological magic.”
Typhoon Lagoon water park opens at Walt Disney World Resort with one of the world’s largest wave pools.
Pleasure Island, an immense entertainment complex with eight eclectic nightclubs, opens its doors at Walt Disney World Resort.
Two new resorts, the Walt Disney World Dolphin and the Walt Disney World Swan, open at Walt Disney World Resort near Epcot.
The Walt Disney World Marathon is run for the first time, drawing approximately 8,200 participants from around the globe.
Holiday IllumiNations premieres at Epcot.
Planet Hollywood, a movie-themed restaurant, opens in front of the entrance to Pleasure Island.
The Kitchen Kabaret closes at Epcot’s Land Pavilion.
The Walt Disney Company releases The Lion King.
The Walt Disney Company releases Angels in the Outfield.
The Walt Disney Company releases The Santa Clause.
Blizzard Beach, billed as the “ Coolest Water Park in Central Florida,” opens at Walt Disney World Resort on April Fool’s Day.
Disney’s All-Star Music Resort opens its doors at Walt Disney World Resort.
The first annual International Food & Wine Festival takes place at Epcot.
The Walt Disney World Company announces plans for the development of a fourth theme park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Disney’s Fairy Tale Wedding Pavilion opens at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
The Walt Disney World Speedway opens at Walt Disney World Resort.
The Walt Disney Company releases Pocahontas.
The Walt Disney Company releases Man of the House.
Mickey’s Starland changes its name to Mickey’s Toontown Fair and adds two new attractions: The Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacre Farm and Donald’s Boat. The track at Tomorrowland Indy Speedway is shortened slightly to make room for the new Toontown attractions.
The American Film Institute Showcase makes its debut at Disney-MGM Studios to commemorate 100 years of American filmmaking.
The first annual Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party takes place at Disney’s Magic Kingdom.
Disney-MGM Studios hosts the first annual ABC Super Soap Weekend.
The Disney Institute makes its debut at Walt Disney World Resort.
Disney Village Marketplace and Pleasure Island are joined by Disney West Side and the entire complex is renamed “Downtown Disney.”
Disney’s 220-acre Wide World of Sports Complex opens with a dozen baseball and softball fields, 12 lighted tennis courts, a track-and-field complex, six basketball courts, a golf driving range and six sand volleyball courts.
Disney's Animal Kingdom celebrates its 10th anniversary on April 22.
Disney partners with Google Earth to create a virtual walk-through of Disney World.
Walt Disney World Resort closes all nightclubs at Downtown Disney Pleasure Island - including BET Soundstage Club, Mannequins, 8Trax, Comedy Warehouse, Adventurer's Club and Motion - to create a new "family-friendly environment" with new restaurants and specialty shops.
David Siegel Completes Acquisition of Orlando Predators Franchise Predators set to move back to Amway Center in Downtown Orlando for 2015 season Orlando Predators LLC, a company owned by David A. Siegel, Founder and CEO of Westgate Resorts, has purchased the Orlando Predators Arena Football team. Under the new ownership, the Predators will return to the Amway Center for the 2015 season. The […]
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Epcot to Host 2014 Sounds Like Summer Concert Series Another great lineup of tribute bands will take the stage at the 2014 Sounds Like Summer Concert Series, which takes place at the America Gardens Theatre in Epcot’s World Showcase: June 8-14, 2014 – Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles June 15-21, 2014 – Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey Tribute Band June 22-28, […]