DISNEY’S MAGIC KINGDOM TURNS 47 TODAY

Disney's Magic Kingdom officially opened on Oct. 1, 1971. (Disney)
Disney’s Magic Kingdom officially opened on Oct. 1, 1971. (Disney)

DISNEY’S MAGIC KINGDOM TURNS 47 TODAY

By Ashley Carter  |  October 1, 2018 @12:49 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. — It’s a special day in Walt Disney World’s history.

The Magic Kingdom opened 47 years ago on Oct. 1, 1971. Two themed resorts also opened with the park—Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

Back then, the cost of admission to Magic Kingdom was $3.50 for adults and $1 for children. However, admission didn’t include ride tickets.

And 36 years ago on this day, Epcot opened to the public in 1982.

Both parks have added (and lost) dozens of attractions in the years since. Magic Kingdom’s most recent expansion was the New Fantasyland in 2012.

In a few years, Disney World will mark its 50th anniversary with several new attractions expected to debut in time for the celebration. At Magic Kingdom, a Tron coaster is currently under construction. Over at Epcot, work is underway on a Ratatouille ride in the France Pavilion as well as a Guardians of the Galaxy coaster in the former site of Ellen’s Energy Adventure.