Friday, October 1, 2010

The Past is now?

Today is the 39th anniversary of the opening of Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. I'm an unapologetic Disney fanboy so I wish I was there today more than any other place in the world. I stumbled across this gem of a news report on the opening of EPCOT in Florida in 1982. It's interesting because of the parallels between the recession of the early 80's and now.

Hard to believe but at that point in Disney's history there were serious concerns about the company's future and most of the 80's was pretty rough for the company. Did the billion dollar bet of EPCOT pay off? Since that day Disney has opened 7 more theme parks on three yeah. That plus the revitalization of the animation studios that started in the early 90's.

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