The 40th Anniversary Celebration at Walt Disney World

The single reason I booked my trip to Walt Disney World back in January, 2011 was to be inside the Magic Kingdom on the day it turned 40. I had been looking forward to this trip so much and it was well worth it. It means so much to me that I got to be there and I wanted to share it with you all, so I hope you will enjoy this pictorial journey of the celebration.

Inside the gate…just waiting to go in.

Each of us who entered that morning received a special anniversary pin for “40 Magical Years”…

…as well as a guide map with a commemorative map inside of the Magic Kingdom on opening day.

Susan and I were so happy to be there! The crowds were massive, to say the least, but the show was great.

The Dapper Dans were the chosen entertainment and I was very happy about that because they have been there from the start.

Everyone asked what we were celebrating and I simply said “Walt’s Dream.”

Main Street Bakery had special 40th Anniversary cupcakes for the occasion and I am a cupcake girl. Right before my turn, they brought out more chocolate so I had to have one of those.

The ticket on top was made of fondant and I tried to get a close-up for you guys. It is a copy of the original E-ticket from the park opening in 1971.

Then I purchased some 40th Anniversary merchandise.

Mickey ears… …and a commemorative pin.

I am so thankful that I got to be there when the park turned 40. I was even able to meet the 2011 Disney Ambassadors after the show was over. It was a wonderful experience and I hope many of you were able to enjoy it too! If not, I hope to see you at the 50th anniversary celebration!

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Brenda is a native Texan born and raised on the Gulf Coast. She visited Disney World twice as a teenager and always dreamed of growing her family Disney. She took her first-timer husband and their three children to Disney World in 2000 and they now spend every Thanksgiving there. Brenda writes with a comedic twist on various Disney topics. She will be sharing tips she has learned during her travels and also hopes to enlighten people on little-known freebies that Disney has to offer. She wishes she could have met Walt Disney and considers herself to be a student of Walt. In parallel to his dream it is her wish that everyone would take at least one trip to Disney World in order to share in its magic with their families.

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One Response to The 40th Anniversary Celebration at Walt Disney World

  1. Kathy Kelly says:

    Love it! I was there… how did I miss you? (!) Quite a crowd…

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