We all know October 1 as the anniversary of Walt Disney World’s opening day.
The celebrations are in full swing over in the Florida theme parks, with new nighttime spectaculars, merchandise, and magical surprises greeting Guests in the Parks.
Now, Orange County is recognizing Walt Disney World with its own dedicated day.
EARidescent magic for Disney World’s 50th celebration is everywhere you look when you enter the Resort based in Florida. From the Beacons of Magic at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, to new merchandise collections at Disney Springs, Guests have a lot to look forward to on their next visit to the Walt Disney World Resort.
The Resort was officially opened by Walt’s brother Roy Disney back on October 1, 1971, and has made a huge impact on the Orlando area.
Now, Orange County has announced it will be recognizing Walt Disney World for its contribution and efforts in the Central Florida community.
On Friday, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings will declare December 3 as “Walt Disney World Day”.
Walt Disney World President Jeff Vahle will be at the ceremony to receive the official proclamation.
Disney said in a news release:
“For 50 years, Walt Disney World Resort has served as a beacon of hope and happiness in the Central Florida area, bringing the beloved magic found across the resort to children and families in our neighboring communities.”
Disney recently donated $3 million in grants to six Central Florida nonprofits in honor of the 50th anniversary celebration.
The nonprofits cover a range of causes, including Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee, which provides vacations to seriously ill children and their families, The Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida,
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Heart of Florida United Way, Hope Partnership, which helps homeless families in Osceola County, and ELEVATE Orlando, which helps urban youth get more career opportunities.
Following the proclamation at the Second Harvest Food Bank, Walt Disney World VoluntEARS will sort and package food alongside Walt Disney World and local government leaders to support and highlight important causes that make a difference in the Central Florida community.
Keep up to date with Inside the Magic for further information about the new dedicated “Walt Disney World day” in Florida!
As Disney continues their 50th anniversary festivities at Walt Disney World Resort, stay posted for future guides on how to enjoy the celebration!
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