• On Apr 15, 2014
    Sonya from GA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What year was Disney World opened?

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel Sonya ~

    Great question!  I love reading about the history of the parks and the legacy Walt left for others to enjoy. 

    The Magic Kingdom ("the most magical place on Earth") opened on October 1, 1971. At that time, the Walt Disney World Resort consisted of the Magic Kingdom, the Contemporary Resort Hotel, the Polynesian Village, Fort Wilderness and the Palm and Magnolia golf courses.

    EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) was the next theme park to open on October 1, 1982.

    Disney-MGM Studios opened May 1, 1989. It became Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2008.

    Typhoon Lagoon opened June 1, 1989.

    Blizzard Beach opened April 1, 1995.

    Disney's Animal Kingdom was the fourth theme park to open on April 22, 1998 (Earth Day).

    Today, in addition to the theme parks and water parks, Walt Disney World is home to over 30 different Resort Hotels, Downtown Disney (which is being transformed into Disney Springs with expected completion in 2016), ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Disney's BoardWalk, championship golf courses, and tons of other exciting recreational options for Guests. Things change quickly at Disney World so be sure to keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for all the latest news.

    Please feel free to visit with any other questions. We are hEAR to help you!

    Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison V.
thumbnail image for Allison

Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

Didn't find what you were looking for? Click the Ask a Question button to open the Ask a Question dialogue box. If you are not logged in a dialogue box will appear to signin in order to ask a question.

To submit your question, please sign in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.

Or you can continue browsing without updating.