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1978: “Christmas at Walt Disney World” Television Special

Editor’s Note: This post is part nine in a forty-part blog series in celebration of Walt Disney World Resort’s upcoming 40th Anniversary. Please welcome to The Window Seat Lynn Lane, Walt Disney World Moms Panelist and guest blogger.

In 1978, the first “Christmas at Walt Disney World” television special aired across the country. Today, take a peek at the seasonal spectacles awaiting guests traveling to Walt Disney World Resort during the holidays.

1977: Main Street Electrical Parade (Magic Kingdom Park)

Editor’s Note: This post is part seven in a forty-part blog series in celebration of Walt Disney World Resort’s upcoming 40th Anniversary. Please welcome to The Window Seat Monina Wagner, Walt Disney World Moms Panelist and guest blogger.

On June 11, 1977, the Main Street Electrical Parade first debuted at Magic Kingdom Park, a shimmering procession that still performs nightly. Take a closer look at Walt Disney World parades and some of the best viewing locations for your family.


1976: Walt Disney World Resort Welcomed its 50-Millionth Guest

Editor’s Note: This post is part six in a forty-part blog series in celebration of Walt Disney World Resort’s upcoming 40th Anniversary. Please welcome to The Window Seat Teronya “Tron” Holmes, Walt Disney World Moms Panel and guest blogger.

In 1976, Walt Disney World welcomed its 50-millionth guest. Learn how to successfully manage the busy crowds to make the most out of your experience at the parks.


The Walt Disney World theme parks focus on striving for new ways to make their guests happy. So, how do you keep folks happy on those days when guests seem to be overflowing in abundance around the parks?

I am going to share some tips that you can employ to ensure that you can handle super-crowded days at Disney. But first, you will be happy to know that Disney Imagineers are constantly at work to find new and exciting ways to manage the crowds at Disney behind, or shall I say “beneath”, the scenes!

1975: Downtown Disney Marketplace (then Lake Buena Vista Village)

Editor’s Note: This post is part five in a forty-part blog series in celebration of Walt Disney World Resort’s upcoming 40th Anniversary. Please welcome Andi Sims, Walt Disney World Moms Panelist and guest blogger.

In 1975, the Downtown Disney Marketplace opened, which was then named Lake Buena Vista Village. Now divided in three sections, learn about the array of entertainment, shopping and dining options at the eclectic, 120-acre complex.


No park ticket? No problem! There’s so much to do and see at Downtown Disney, you may have a hard time remembering that it’s not a park. Downtown Disney is a bustling city center brimming with world-class entertainment, fanciful flavors representing many countries’ cuisines and some of the best shopping in the World…and maybe even the whole world!

1974: Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue (Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort)

This post is part four in a forty-part blog series in celebration of Walt Disney World Resort’s upcoming 40th Anniversary. Please welcome to The Window Seat guest author and Walt Disney World Moms Panelist Amanda Pursch.

In 1974, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue debuted at Pioneer Hall in Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. But what else comprises the sprawling campground?


A hidden gem among the pine and cypress trees of the Florida wilderness, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort will make you think you’ve driven hundreds of miles from civilization. But, you’re just minutes from the action! The hustle and bustle of monorails and people-movers seems miles away as you step into the wilderness.