Thursday, October 1, 2009
A Walt Disney World
On this day in 1971, Walt Disney World opened to great acclaim and great promise for the future. Note the title: Walt Disney World, not Disney World or Disneyworld, for Roy O. Disney had decreed that this new "Vacation Kingdom" would be specifically named to honor the man whose vision and artistry was responsible for this massive new project and giant step forward in Disney entertainment. How appropriate, then, that this day in 2009 is opening day for another project named for—and directly honoring—the man himself, the Walt Disney Family Museum. This state-of-the-art salute to Walt was created, as its title implies, by his family. Daughter Diane Disney Miller and grandson Walter E. D. Miller have spearheaded this spectacular museum, for which I had the honor of providing some research and writing, thanks to Disney historians and Family Museum team members Jeff Kurtti and Paula Sigman Lowery. The Museum and its opening are being covered all over the internet, and the consensus is that it gives an amazingly intimate and detailed glimpse at Walt the man as he was known by his family and creative associates. Visit the Museum's website for more information. The Walt Disney Family Museum is an authentic Walt Disney world.