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Walt Disney World in 1971 [Part 2]

Walt Disney World and Magic Kingdom opened almost exactly 41 years ago. Let's look at some more of the park as finishing touches are added. Then let's enjoy the new park with some photos taken right after opening. Another big thanks to Nomeus of and his grandfather who took these photos while working on the construction of Walt Disney World. These photos are exclusive to

Early early Jungle Cruise photos are so rare! Look how clean and beautiful it was.

Haunted Mansion.

Walt Disney World Railroad.

Cinderella Castle.

Empty moat. Wait, was this taken before the sea serpent topiary was installed as seen in Part 1? I think so.

Central Hub.

A look at Walt Disney World just after opening. Mickey leads the way.

Snow White and five, maybe six Dwarfs. Dopey might be hiding in there somewhere. The great original Market House in the background. 

A 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea queue full of people. But there's a construction crane in the background. Could this have been a pre-opening test group? Maybe the crane was still used after opening.

Huge thanks to Nomeus and his family for these amazing and rare photos. Oh to have a time machine!


Related posts:

Walt Disney World in 1971 [Part 1]
WDW Before Opening Day 1971
MK Jungle Cruise
Sounds of the Jungle Cruise
The Haunted Mansion Like You've Never Seen It
THEN AND NOW: Liberty Square [Part 1]


Reader Comments (5)

SUPER FANTASTIC. I love old Jungle Cruise photos. I don't know if I've ever seen one with a ladder laying on the ground. Awesome.

September 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJumperJH

The Haunted Mansion looks way too clean!

September 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Sweet pics.

I've thought a lot about a clean Haunted Mansion exterior vs. an unkept-looking exterior. I still can't quite make up my mind. I think Disneyland's should be well kept but I think MK's Mansion location can go either way.

Anyway, awesome pictures!

September 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam

Some of these photos belong to me and I didn't give Nomeus permission to use them. They need to be removed.

July 28, 2016 | Unregistered Commentersandra johnson

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