Since I did a post about the anniversary on Disneyland, it is only fair that I do one for Disney World too. Disney World is 38 years old. It officially opened on October 1, 1971. Life magazine did a big article two weeks later on October 15 (see image). Good, bad or indifferent, Disney has always been such a huge influence on me. There are nostalgic things that I will always love about the parks, animated features and the characters. Of course there is also a lot to say about Disney's long history of all the negative and biased commentaries on gender, race, and class. While it is important to recognize these cultural implications, there must also be a balance that allows one to enjoy the moment.
By the way, Life has put their Disney photo archive online. You can browse it HERE.