When Disney’s Magic Kingdom opened its doors on October 1, 1971, adult admission cost just $3.50, a seven-ride attraction ticket book cost $4.75 and an 11-ride attraction ticket book cost only $5.75.

Approximately 10,000 guests attended the grand opening of Disney’s Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971.

At 189 feet tall, Cinderella Castle is Disney's Magic Kingdom's tallest structure. Space Mountain is the Magic Kingdom's second tallest structure at 183 feet tall.

It’s A Small World and the Carousel of Progress both debuted at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair.

From 1971 to 1982, Disney's Magic Kingdom offered ticket books that categorized attractions based on an "A" to "E" scale. E tickets were used for the eight most popular Magic Kingdom attractions: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Country Bear Jamboree, Hall of Presidents, Haunted Mansion, It's a Small World, Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain.

The Omnimover vehicles used for The Haunted Mansion are nicknamed “Doom Buggies.”

"Chief Nammie ” is the headhunter who shows up near the end of the Jungle Cruise in Adventureland.

At 199.5 feet tall, Expedition Everest is the tallest artificial mountain at Walt Disney World Resort.

William Windsor Jr. was the first guest to enter Disney's Magic KIngom when the theme park first opened its doors on October 1, 1971.

The cover of Life magazine's October 15, 1971, cover depicts approximately 1,500 Disney characters and employees posing in front of Cinderella Castle.

Epcot's Spaceship Earth rises 180 feet and weighs approximately 16 million pounds.

The 14-story Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom boasts approximately 300 animal carvings.

Cinderella's Golden Carrousel was originally built in 1917 and once stood at Olympic Park in Maplewood, New Jersey.

Disney's Hollywood Studios features a replica of world-famous Mann's Chinese Theater.

Swiss Family Treehouse in Adventureland weighs 200 tons and rises 60 feet.

The six trains at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad are named I.B. Hearty, I.M. Brave, I.M. Fearless, U.B. Bold, U.R. Daring and U.R. Courageous.

The Walt Disney World Railroad is an authentic 1928 steam-powered train.

Each space capsule at Mission: Space is equipped with motion sickness bags.

At 30,500 acres, Walt Disney World Resort is approximately the same size as San Francisco, California.

Disney's Magic Kingdom draws an estimated 16.2 million guests annually, followed by Epcot (9.9 million), Disney's Hollywood Studios (8.6 million) and Disney's Animal Kingdom (8.2 million).

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster - Starring Aerosmith at Disney's Hollywood Studios launches you at a speed of 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds.

Intergalactic lounge singer Sonny Eclipse entertains diners daily at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland.

Golf legend Jack Nicklaus captured the first championship at the inaugural 1971 Walt Disney World Open Invitational.

The Atlanta Braves spend Spring Training at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex, which features a 7,500-seat, state-of-the-art ballpark.

Before Disney closed its Central Florida animation studio at Disney-MGM Studios in 2003, several animated films were worked on there such as Mulan (1998), Lilo & Stitch (2002) and Brother Bear (2003), among others.

Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney World's largest theme park, opened on Earth Day - April 22, 1998.

The now-defunct River Country opened at Fort Wilderness in 1976 as Disney World's first water park.

Epcot is the only Disney World theme park that boasts two entrances (one being accessible via Disney's Boardwalk).

Mickey's PhilharMagic in Fantasyland boasts the world's largest seamless projection screen.

The theme and characters for Splash Mountain were inspired by the 1946 Disney movie, Song of the South.

President Richard Nixon gave his famous "I am not a crook" speech during at convention at Disney's Contemporary Resort in 1973.

According to legend, a total of 999 ghosts inhabit the Haunted Mansion.

WEDway People Mover was the original name for the Tomorrowland Transit Authority.

Surfing instruction can be arranged at the Surf Pool at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon.

Despite an intense "Save the Toad" campaign, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride was replaced by The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in 1998.

One of the Magic Kingdom's original attractions, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea closed in 1994 and has been partially replaced by a Winnie the Pooh playground and Ariel's Grotto, a Disney character meet and greet area.

The fountain at Epcot Innoventions Plaza can reputedly shoot water up to 150 feet in the air.

The 5.7-million-gallon tank at The Seas with Nemo & Friends is home to approximately 3,000 fish and other sea creatures.

Epcot's France Pavilion contains a 103-foot-tall replica of the Eiffel Tower.

The Earth Globe that provides the centerpiece for Epcot's "Illuminations: Reflections of Earth," weighs 350,000 pounds.
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