Anniversary: Disneyworld delights for 40 years

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1: It’s a magical anniversary today—Disneyworld is celebrating 40 years! On this day in 1971, Walt Disney World Resort opened its doors to Disney fans from around the world. Aside from the events and performances Disney has planned for the day, it’s rumored that many of the park’s guests will be decked out—in 1970s clothing! Unofficially termed “Retro Day,” today’s honorary dress should carry guests through the Magic Kingdom until its late closing, at midnight. Disney has also announced signing opportunities with Disney inspired artists, character parades, a 40th anniversary presentation at the Cinderella Castle Stage and a specialized fireworks show in the evening. (Disney’s official website has more.)

What’s next for the mammoth Disney parks? The Walt Disney Co. recently announced plans to build attractions based on “Avatar,” with its first site being Animal Kingdom. (Read details at Live5News.) The first “Avatar” spread will begin construction in 2013, with a building estimate of 3 years and $400 million.

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