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Saturday, September 8, 2018

A Complete Edition About Walt Disney World (1969)

By Keith Mahne




A Complete Edition About Walt Disney World “The Vacation Kingdom of the World” is probably one of the best Florida Project booklets ever made. Released in 1969, it offers an extensive look at how Walt Disney Productions thought Walt Disney World would look once complete. Although a ton of details did become a part of the final version, several of the concepts and ideas featured throughout eventually died somewhere between the release of this booklet and the opening of WDW. Let's take a look for ourselves at what Roy O. Disney and the Disney Company had in mind for "The Vacation Kingdom of the World" back in 1969 in today's new article...



 (You can view A Complete Edition About Walt Disney World “The Vacation Kingdom of the World” from 1969 as a flip book at the bottom of the article)



The very first thing you notice about this vintage booklet is the wonderful cover featuring a concept drawing of the Florida Property with several hotels that never saw the light of day...




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The first age features a letter directly from Roy O. Disney, himself...




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From there the booklet tells us what Walt Disney World will be about including Disney's plans for the first 5 years...




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Next we learn what plans and attractions are in store for The Magic Kingdom as well as all the themed resorts and hotels...




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Towards the middle of the booklet is a few pages of color. The first is of Walt Disney from the E.P.C.O.T. film followed by concept drawings of the planned resorts and Magic Kingdom attractions...




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Now we get an inside look at how WED Enterprises is "Imagineering" Walt Disney World...




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Next we learn how the Reedy Creek Improvement District is improving the land...




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Here we learn more about U.S. Steel and RCA's involvement with the WDW project...




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Next we learn a little about the financial aspect of this major Disney project...




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And finally, the booklet ends with a message from Florida Governor Claude Kirk to Roy O. Disney welcoming the Disney Company and their creation of Walt Disney World to Florida...




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You can view the complete booklet below...










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Keith Michael Mahne is the owner and editor of Disney Avenue and the host of the Disney Avenue Podcast. He has made countless trips to the Walt Disney World resort since his first trip in 1989 at the age of four. Keith has a strong passion and respect for Walt Disney, the parks and resorts, and the men and women who help create them. He started Disney Avenue as a way to inform and entertain readers and to repay all those who make dreams come true every day.

You can find all of Keith's articles here.

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