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10 Ways Walt Disney World Has Changed Over the Years

5. Alcohol is now available in the parks. Earlier this year, Disney World announced that all the table-service restaurants inside Magic Kingdom will serve alcohol. (Be Our Guest restaurant in Fantasyland has been doing so since 2012.) Alcoholic beverages of all kinds are available at all four of Disney World’s theme parks and also at Disney Springs. Before 2012, however, ...

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10 Ways Walt Disney World Has Changed Over the Years

6. A heavy Star Wars presence The Walt Disney Company purchased Lucasfilm in 2012 for $4.05 million, and since then, there has been a very heavy Star Wars presence at Walt Disney World, especially at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. When Guests visit Disney World’s third theme park, they are immersed in the world of Star Wars. On Hollywood Boulevard, Captain Phasma ...

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10 Ways Walt Disney World Has Changed Over the Years

7. A heavy presence of specific films in the parks Over the years, Disney World has closed attractions, added new ones, created new experiences and “re-imagined” others. And among those attractions, many different Disney characters and films are represented. But there are times when the parks see an increase in a character or film’s presence, especially when they are very ...

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10 Ways Walt Disney World Has Changed Over the Years

8. The addition of new resort hotels When Disney World opened nearly 50 years ago in October of 1971, it did so with only three resort hotels available for accommodations. They were Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. To say the number of hotels at Disney has increased is an understatement. Over ...

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10 Ways Walt Disney World Has Changed Over the Years

9. The addition of new lands inside the theme parks Not only have Disney Imagineers created new theme parks at Disney World—they’ve also created new lands within those parks over the years. Just since 2014, Disney World has seen the addition of three new lands. The New Fantasyland expansion opened to the public in 2014 at Magic Kingdom. Then in ...

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10 Ways Walt Disney World Has Changed Over the Years

10. The creation of multiple theme parks When Walt Disney World opened in October of 1971, Magic Kingdom was the only theme park. When the resort opened, Guests could only visit Magic Kingdom, and it was fabulous! But in the fall of 1982, Walt Disney World opened EPCOT—Disney’s Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Then in May of 1989, the resort ...

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10 Ways Walt Disney World Has Changed Over the Years

Ask most Disney World fans and they’ll tell you they can’t imagine a more perfect version of the most magical place on earth. That’s because Disney World takes very seriously the job of continually improving and evolving to always offer Guests an unmatched experience in every way. And thanks to their efforts, most changes at Disney World have proven to ...

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