In 1971 the Florida Project finally became a reality with Disney putting its mark on the east coast. The Magic Kingdom opened, entertaining guests of all ages with its six different lands.
“There is a spirit here, everywhere. It’s in the air, everywhere you look. All of this is Walt. This is what Walt wanted for all of us – an escape from our aspirin existence into a land of sparkle and lights and rainbows … Walt Disney loved America because his dream came true right here in America. He brought to us the delightful images of a kind of kaleidoscope of sound, motion, color, music, and beauty, and he tied it all up into one broad, beautiful, bountiful package called love. The entire world owes Walt a great debt. He achieved much, but perhaps his greatest accomplishment is that he made children of us all."
October 25, 1971