October 1 marks not only the anniversary of the opening of EPCOT Center (1982) but the openings of Magic Kingdom and Walt Disney World (1971) as well. We present some wonderful color photos of Magic Kingdom taken by a construction worker in 1971. These photos come courtesy of Nomeus of www.flurbex.com who is the grandson of man behind the camera. These photos are exclusive to ImagineeringDisney.com.
North end of Main Street.
An almost dry moat. Look at the freshly-installed sea serpent topiary.
Tomorrowland spires with a man on top! That's Nomeus' grandfather.
Tomorrowland opened in 1971 without the PeopleMover, Rockettower Plaza, Space Mountain, or Carousel of Progress which would all be visible from this angle today.
Grandfather walking on an unfinished Tomorrowland roof.
A view of the parking lot east of Main Street. Town Square and main entrance on the far right.
Backside of Main Street East.
Grand Prix Raceway. Anyone know what that is on the overpass?
The caves of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. You'll notice the Skyway line and pillar. The grass hill on the left wasn't there for long. It became the second home to the Fantasyland Art Festival in 1973. Later it became the Enchanted Grove stand. Today it's called Cheshire Café.
More 20K! No water yet.
More colorful 20K. In the background you can see the top of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.
Can you imagine walking around every morning watching the place come to life??
Everyone who wasn’t on the construction crew was invited to visit the Walt Disney World Preview Center. Today you can still drive by the building which is currently home to the Amateur Athletic Union. It’s located at 1910 Hotel Plaza Boulevard near Downtown Disney.
A big thanks to Nomeus and his family for the photos. Stay tuned for Part 2 where we share more of these gorgeous photos.