For April 30th… On This Day in Disney History!
On this day in Disney History… On this day in 1969, during a press conference at the Ramada Inn on Highway 50 in O co ee, Florida (a little suburb on the outskirts of Orlando), Donn B. Tatum (president of Walt Disney World Co.) details the more than three years of planning for a “Destination Vacation”. It has been two years since special legislation was passed to allow Disney to build its Florida project, and now the Disney Company has rented out the entire Ramada Inn for Walt Disney World’s first official press event. A large circus tent outside the hotel is filled with models and artist renderings of Walt Disney World for this three-day gala. Among the Disney officials in attendance are Walt’s brother Roy O. Disney and Disney publicist Charlie Ridgway. A 16-mm, 17-minute film titled “Walt Disney World – Phase 1” is screened at the Parkwood Cinema Theater. It shows the master plan and artists’ depictions for the theme park which is set to open in 1971.