LOOK: Walt Disney World Opened 50 Years Ago Today

Walt Disney World Main Street USA

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Walt Disney World opened October 1, 1971 in Orlando. Hard to believe it's been 50 years!

Check out some of the fun below, including how the park came to be, an NBC special with Glen Campbell and Bob Hope that aired as the park opened, plus film from the first few weeks of operation. Look how empty the park was compared to the crowds now!

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