As soon as Disneyworld opened in the early 1970’s, families flocked to its gates. Their children and grandchildren have followed in ever-greater numbers. Each year brings new rides and attractions. Walt Disney didn’t live to see the opening of this, his second and more ambitious Disney theme park, but his descendents saw to it that his vision was kept alive.
Disney's Contemporary Resort, Polynesian Resort, and Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground opened in October 1971. Progress continued with EPCOT, Disney’s Experimental Prototype City of Tomorrow, opening its gates in 1981. Soon to follow were Disney MGM, and then a gaggle of resort choices made it possible for visitors to eat, sleep and breathe Disney, 24/7. Accommodations range from the moderately priced Disney Pop Culture Resort, to the far more expensive Animal Kingdom Lodge, where exotic animals roam free on a 33-acre wildlife reserve. Disney keeps on the cutting edge of thrill rides with its recently opened Tower of Terror. Spas, fishing, biking and golf offer a change of pace from amusement rides. Live bands, techno-trance, hip hop and R&B keep the scene alive in Disney’s Pleasure Island’s 5 dance clubs. The Adventurer’s Club and Comedy Warehouse are good for a laugh.