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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.

Celebrating Walt Disney World’s 40th Anniversary: 40 Years of Magic in 40 Days on The Window Seat

On October 1, 1971, Magic Kingdom Park opened its gates to the public as the first Walt Disney World theme park. Many of the iconic, original attractions that debuted on that milestone date, such as It’s a Small World, are still guest favorites today.  Fast-forward forty years, and the Walt Disney World Resort continues to enchant and inspire, just as was promised on dedication day.

In commemoration of Walt Disney World Resort’s 40th Anniversary, and in collaboration with the Walt Disney World Moms Panel, The Window Seat will feature an all-new article on each of the final forty days leading up to October 1, 2011. These daily posts will highlight a park, resort hotel or attraction that has debuted at the “Vacation Kingdom,” from 1971 through present-day.