Disney Nerd News: Did you know?
’s when I am checking out Wikipedia, as we all know is THE place to gather truthful information and tidbits. So when you see a new post under Disney Nerd News: Did you Know???… and you are a real Disney nerd like me, then you will probably enjoy seeing what IFrom time to time I discover interesting facts about Walt Disney World that even I did not know. Most of the time it
have dug up on my latest date with Wiki. For today, I thought it would be only fitting to excite (or bore, you decide) you
with the WDW timeline of events dating back to the very beginning. I’m talking about the very, very beginning when Walt had a crazy dream about expanding to the other side of the country, later known as The Florida Project. I’ve mentioned this in a previous post, but wanted to expand on where it all started, and where it all went. So without further adieu, here is the WDW
timeline that I found on Wikipedia:
1965 – Walt Disney announces the Florida Project
1966 – Walt Disney dies of lung cancer at age 65.
1967 – Construction of Walt Disney World Resort begins.
1971 – Magic Kingdom opens – Roy Disney dies at the age of 78.
1972 – Disney’s Village Resort opens and later becomes The Disney Institute.
1974 – Discovery Island.
1975 – Walt Disney Village Marketplace later becomes Disney Springs.
1976 – Disney’s River Country
1980 – Walt Disney World Conference Center
1982 – EPCOT Center opens.
1989 – Disney-MGM Studios, Typhoon Lagoon, and Pleasure Island opens.
1996 – EPCOT Center is renamed Epcot, Disney Institute opens.
1997 – Wide World of Sports and Downtown Disney West opens.
1998 – Disney ’s Animal Kingdom opens. Disney Quest at Downtown Disney.
1999 – All parks closed for 2 days due to Hurricane Floyd.
2001 – 911 Attack causes all parks to evacuate early.
2004 – All parks closed due to Hurricane Frances, then Hurricane Jeanne.
2008 – Disney-MGM Studios is renamed Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
2015 – Downtown Disney is expanded and renamed Disney Springs.
2016 – Walt Disney World celebrates 45th Anniversary and closes in October due to Hurricane Matthew.
I did not include the opening of all the resorts in this list to save it for another time. There are a couple of more interesting “Did you know?” lists that I will post at a later date, so stay tuned and watch for Disney Nerd News.