Happy Birthday Magic Kingdom! 42 years old today!

Happy Birthday Magic Kingdom! 42 years old today!

It is incredibly hard to believe that 42 years ago today, the Magic Kingdom opened it’s doors for the first time to the general public, on October 1st, 1971. Walt Disney World was officially born.  Just two years ago, I was blessed, along with my wife, daughter and niece, to be there when the 40th Anniversary of the Magic Kingdom was celebrated!  That day was as picture perfect as you could have — with brilliantly blue skies, nary a cloud in the sky, wonderful temperatures, and, despite the crowds, it seemed like every attraction we wanted to ride or experience had very little wait times.

Our plan of attack that day was to tackle all of the classic, opening day attractions — and we did just that and then some!

It was a wonderful day, full of wonderful memories that I remember to this day, so let me share those memories with you in the form of pictures — enjoy!

The opening parade was a great way to start the day!

The opening parade was a great way to start the day!

The happy couple, holding hands as the walk around Town Square!

The happy couple, holding hands as the walk around Town Square!

Peter Pan and Wendy were also in view, which was great!

Peter Pan and Wendy were also in view, which was great!

We also had our picture made with our friends from Pixie Vacations!

We also had our picture made with our friends from Pixie Vacations!

Looking back at Cinderella Castle at the end of the night, a final memory of what ranks as a top 3 trip to Walt Disney World!

Looking back at Cinderella Castle at the end of the night, a final memory of what ranks as a top 3 trip to Walt Disney World!

That wraps it up for us today!  I hope you have enjoyed taking a look at the Magic Kingdom on October 1st, 2011 — the 40th Anniversary of the Magic Kingdom and Walt Disney World!  If you are at the parks today, on it’s 42nd birthday, tell me, what is the day like for you?  Let us know in the comments, and thanks!

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Mike has been a Disney fan since his first trip to the Magic Kingdom in 1979 when he was 11 years old. Since that first trip, he has seen parks open, lands close, and attractions come and go, but one thing remains the same, his love for Disney is as strong as ever. His Disney adventures caused him to start My Dreams of Disney because he wanted to document for his family and friends all of the special Disney Memories he has enjoyed with his family, and since that first post in 2010, Mike's hobby has become his passion! Now a Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations for six years, Mike has helped many of his readers plan and have incredible Disney vacations of their own. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and . Also, connect with us on our Pixie Vacations by Mike Ellis Facebook page to submit a quote request or learn more about all of your possible vacation destinations!

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