On Oct. 1, 1971, Walt Disney World in Orlando officially opened to the public, with the park’s dedication ceremony held Oct. 25.
In its humble beginnings, Walt Disney World had just one theme park, two resort hotels and one campground. That’s hard to imagine today. It opened with the Polynesian Village Resort, the Contemporary Resort, Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground and Magic Kingdom theme park, all of which are still thriving.
Remember those E-ticket rides? Well, they went for an extra 90 cents on general admission tickets of $3.50. Children got into the park for $1 for all rides.