More Walt Disney World Resort Stories

Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Oct. 2, 2011

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

What a week here at Walt Disney World. We shared a bunch of fun stories and images around our 40th anniversary, including this beautiful timeline infographic highlighting some of the wonderful milestones that led to Saturday’s celebration.

Timeline: Celebrating 40 Years at Walt Disney World

Also this week, did you hear that more of your Disney friends will be meeting guests at Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park? Check Erin’s post to see who’s joining the party.

Stitch Gets 'Animated' at Magic Kingdom Park

And we also had some animated fun on the blog with Stitch and some other characters. Check out that post and some of the others stories in the links below.

Sights and Sounds of the Big City at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Walt Disney World Resort Photographer Gene Duncan explores New York Street at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Starts Today – The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival officially kicked off September 30 and runs through November 13.

Behind the Scenes: Walt Disney Imagineers Develop Dumbo for the Disney Fantasy – Walt Disney Imagineers Joe Lanzisero, Bob Zalk and Jason Abruzzese offer a behind-the-scenes look at how the new Disney Cruise Line ship’s icon came to life.

A Unique Point of View: E.P. Ripley – In the latest Point of Views video series, we share a new perspective of the Disneyland Railroad.

Behind the Scenes: Preparing for the Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort – Cast members were extra busy this week as they continued to prepare the resort for the holiday season.

Celebrating Walt Disney World’s 40th Anniversary
– To celebrate Walt Disney World’s 40th Anniversary beginning October 1, there’s plenty going on including Disney-inspired artists holding special signing opportunities at Magic Kingdom Park .


  • Please can you do a time line showing all the attractions have have gone? Like when River County went and the Legend of the Lion King etc

  • I was really suprised in looking at your Walt Disney World timeline, that Big Thunder for 1980 was not included. Besides being the first real stone mountain in the park(I still have my “I Skied Space Mountain” T shirt from 75), It was also a test vehicle for contractors who might also work on EPCOT.

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