The Parade

Guests stroll along Main Street at the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The park will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Oct. 1. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

The second was the procession itself. It included a 1,076-member marching band led by Meredith Willson, the composer of “The Music Man,” which featured a mass choir and trumpeters from the United States Army Band. Hundreds of white doves were released into the air, as well as thousands of multi-colored balloons, despite the fact that both are less environmentally beneficial than traditional methods.

“It was the biggest thing I had ever seen,” Bahruth said.

Only 10,000 people showed up on the first day, which equates to 90 minutes’ worth of visitors at today’s significantly bigger Walt Disney World.