Videos: Walt Disney World’s 20th anniversary

As Walt Disney World celebrates its 50th anniversary, tonight we look back to 1991 and its 20th anniversary. This special, hosted by John Lithgow, takes a look at the history of Walt Disney World, and includes footage of Roy Disney and early construction.

Lithgow tours the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, the Disney-MGM Studios, Typhoon Lagoon, and more.

If you prefer a more behind-the-scenes look from the same time period, this special, Disney Magic in Florida features interviews with cast members and a look backstage. The video offers a look at DACS, the utilidors, central shops, and more of the massive operation that runs the parks each day.

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February 16, 2022 3:54 pm

Thank you for sharing the “Disney Magic in Florida” video. I had never seen this video before. It shows WDW in its best days when attendance in the parks was more manageable during most of year with the exception of Christmas and New Years. Going to the parks during this time was more enjoyable and less stressful than today since you could very easily experience any attraction without a line longer than 45 minutes.

May 10, 2022 2:13 pm

WDW Past Present and Future is my favorite video. Thank you so much for sharing a restored version! My first visit was in the spring of 1991 and upon returning home to Massachusetts I began planning a way to get back. I taped this off the Disney Channel when it premiered, and I watched it constantly in the years leading up to my 1st return visit, September 1994 for my first college program. I was thrilled when this showed up on Youtube and a new tradition is to only watch it on the plane ride to Orlando for vacation. Thanks… Read more »

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