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1969:
Construction begins on the Magic Kingdom including the 189' high Cinderella Castle.

1968:
A Florida Supreme Court ruling allows the Reedy Creek Improvement District to issue tax-free bonds to help finance the Disney World project.

1967:
Legislation creating the Reedy Creek Improvement District, which allows Walt Disney Productions to proceed with construction of Walt Disney World, passes both the Florida House of Representatives and Senate, and is signed into law on May 12.

Site preparation begins for Disney’s Magic Kingdom.


1966:
A 24-minute preview of the “Florida Project,” including plans for EPCOT (“Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow”), is recorded by Walt Disney on October 27.

Walt Disney dies of lung cancer at the age of 65 on December 15; Walt’s brother, Roy, moves forward with the Disney World Project.


1965:
During a press conference on November 15, Walt Disney (accompanied by his brother, Roy, and Florida Governor Haydon Burns) makes the first public announcement detailing his plans for the “Florida Project” at the Cherry Plaza Hotel in Orlando.

On October 20, the Orlando Sentinel reports that Walt Disney has been buying up thousands of acres of land in Orange and Osceola counties.


1964:
The 1964-65 New York World’s Fair features the extensive use of Disney’s state-of-the-art audio-animatronic technology at exhibits such as 'it's a small world', Carrousel of Progress and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.

Walt Disney secretly starts purchasing 27,433 acres of swampland in Central Florida for approximately $180 an acre for the "Florida Project".


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