Today, Wednesday 1st October....
1955: Mickey Mouse appears on the cover of this week's TV Guide magazine. (The Mickey Mouse Club is scheduled to air on ABC October 3.)
1971: Almost 10,000 visitors converge near Orlando, Florida, to witness the grand opening of Walt Disney World, which includes the Magic Kingdom - Disney's second theme park, and two resorts.
1972: Nearly 11 million people have visited Walt Disney World since its opening!
1979: Ground is broken for EPCOT Center at Walt Disney World.
1982: EPCOT Center at Walt Disney World has its grand opening with more than 100 television crews from all over the world covering the event. Bands and orchestras play to the huge crowds and Walt Disney's wife Lillian helps in the dedication. EPCOT is an acronym coined by Walt Disney in 1966 meaning Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. It is Disney's third theme park
1986: The second major anniversary celebration, in honor of Walt Disney World's 15th anniversary, begins. Upon arriving at the Magic Kingdom, guests are greeted by a large Mickey Mouse clock in the courtyard area outside of the turnstiles; all the numbers on the clock are 15. Also on this day, the Diamond Horseshoe Revue becomes known as the Diamond Horseshoe Jamboree.
1988: The Caribbean Beach Resort opens at Walt Disney World. Featuring 2,112 rooms, it is the first moderately priced resort on Disney property. The Caribbean is set on 200 acres of land to the south-east of Epcot
1991: Walt Disney World's Surprise Celebration - to honor the park's 20th anniversary - begins.
2001: Walt Disney World's yearlong celebration, marking the 100th anniversary of Walt Disney's birth, originally scheduled to officially begin today, is put off until December. Low attendance in the parks since the terrorist attacks on September 11th against the U.S., and the current state of the economy are the probable reasons. Although many of the planned events for the celebration are held - the park keeps a low profile.