Happy 45th Anniversary to the Walt Disney World Resort!

“In everything you do – celebrate you!”

On October 1, 1971, Roy O. Disney helped make another of Walt Disney’s dreams come true by opening the first park in the Walt Disney World Resort – The Magic Kingdom.

It was the beginning of the ultimate vacation destination and has grown over the past 45 years to incredible proportions to include four theme parks, two water parks, golf courses, a sports training area, resort hotels and a huge shopping district in the newly renamed Disney Springs.

In honor of this special occasion, I’m posting a few shots of the central image of The Magic Kingdom – Cinderella’s Castle – one of the most beautiful structures to photograph in the Resort (plus you can actually enjoy a meal inside of it!):

A view into the restaurant inside the Castle at night.

A view into the restaurant inside the Castle at night.

Even under stormy skies, Cinderella’s Castle is beautiful to behold!

Even under stormy skies, Cinderella’s Castle is beautiful to behold!

Particularly stunning during Wishes fireworks!

Particularly stunning during Wishes fireworks!

Eleven years later, on October 1, 1982, the Walt Disney World Resort opened EPCOT Center – a World’s Fair theme park focused on edutainment ranging from science to world cultures.

While the theme and attractions of EPCOT have evolved (and continue to do so), it is still beloved by the guests who visit it daily.

To celebrate this notable date as well, I’m posting a few shots of the central image of EPCOT – Spaceship Earth – also one of the most beautiful structures to photograph in the Resort (and a terrific attraction unto itself!):

Approaching Spaceship Earth.

Approaching Spaceship Earth.

In front of Spaceship Earth.

In front of Spaceship Earth.

Spaceship Earth at night.

Spaceship Earth at night.

I maintain that it’s actually impossible (short of blur) to take a bad picture of either of these edifices, as they are both so beautifully designed. I could photograph both endlessly and never get bored with their detail or configuration.

So next time you are lucky enough to be at the Walt Disney World Resort, take a moment to stop and appreciate their artistry and while you’re at it – wish them a Happy Anniversary!

Check out a clip of the former EPCOT Welcome Show here on the Mousertainment YouTube Channel

What is your favorite location to photograph at the Walt Disney World Resort? An icon or an attraction or somewhere else?

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