Finally An Answer

The newly painted Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is seen with the the crest to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the theme park Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

It wasn’t until Thanksgiving 1971, more than three months after the opening of the park, that Disney executives had an answer regarding whether their new resort would be a success — and when automobiles attempting to enter the Magic Kingdom stretched for miles down Interstate 4.

“It was very clear after that first Thanksgiving, that the public definitely liked what we were doing,” Kalogridis said. “That first Thanksgiving, that was the moment.”


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