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Vintage Walt Disney World: One Big Birthday Cake for Walt

posted on December 5th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center

Today, we celebrate the man who started it all, Walt Disney. Back in 2001, Walt Disney World Resort celebrated what would have been Walt’s 100th birthday during the yearlong 100 Years of Magic Celebration.


Characters, guests and cast members all gathered at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to cut a giant 25-by-17-foot cake (made up of 100 sheet cakes) to celebrate. Happy Birthday, Walt!

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Jacqueline on December 5th, 2013 at 8:18 am

Greetings Nate,

What a wonderful post this morning! I’ll never forget that day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! I know Walt likes to say it was all started by a mouse, but I truly believe it was all started by the great man himself.

Best regards,


Bianca on December 5th, 2013 at 9:27 am

I wonder if Walt was a cake man himself. Maybe he enjoyed cupcakes as his dessert of choice.


Jeff from OH on December 5th, 2013 at 10:34 am

Great story. Thanks

Happy birthday Walt


Christine on December 7th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

We were disappointed there was no celebration while visiting Disney World December 5th. I thought at least there would be one activity at each park on that day. Perhaps you could plan something next year?