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Vintage Walt Disney World: One Big Birthday Cake for Walt

Nate Rasmussen

by , Librarian, Walt Disney Archives

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!


  • 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?

  • Great story. Thanks

    Happy birthday Walt

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

  • 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,

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