50 Years Ago Today, the World lost the Visionary Genius that was Walter Elias Disney. Walt Disney was an icon that defined the 20th Century, he taught a World that had suffered through Two World Wars and a Great Depression, that anything is possible, happy ever afters can happen and dreams do come true.
After Walt's death, Roy Disney returned from retirement to take full control of Walt Disney Productions and WED Enterprises. In October 1971, the families of Walt and Roy met in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom to officially open the Walt Disney World Resort. There he gave a speech about the park's dedication:
“Walt Disney World is a tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney...and to the talents, the dedication, and the loyalty of the entire Disney organization that made Walt Disney's dream come true. May Walt Disney World bring Joy and Inspiration and New Knowledge to all who come to this happy place...a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn—together.”
Walt's legacy has grown exponentially over the 50 years since his passing, just as he would have wanted, expanding all over the world, pushing the boundaries of technology and entertainment, creating immersive storytelling that have captured the minds of children and adults around the world. However, The Walt Disney Company has never lost sight of one thing, it was all started by a mouse.
Source: DSNY Digest
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