Fastpass To History: Roy O. Disney’s Dedication Speech

Fastpass To History: Roy O. Disney's Dedication Speech

Walt Disney World officially opened 43 years ago on October 1st, 1971. On October 26th, Roy O. Disney, gave the Walt Disney World dedication speech. After Walt’s death in 1966, it was unclear if the Florida Project would become a reality. Walt’s brother Roy took it upon himself to make sure his brother’s dream of a Florida theme park came true. To honor his brother, Roy had the planned name of Disney World changed to Walt Disney World. While Walt Disney may be more well known than his brother and business partner Roy, the fact that the Most Magical Place On Earth actually does exist is thanks to Roy.

You can watch Roy O. Disney’s 1971 Walt Disney World dedication speech in the video below.


Thanks Roy for making Walt’s dream a reality!

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Kimberly's love of Disney began at an early age and grew even more when her family won a Walt Disney World vacation from a local radio station. She grew up visiting the parks every one to two years and is fascinated by Disney history and trivia. Whether at the parks or at home, Kimberly is constantly looking for hidden Mickeys. She enjoys sharing tips and helping others plan their Disney vacations. In addition to Frontierland Station, she can also be found writing for Park World Travel and selecting music for Park World Radio.




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