Fastpass To History: Roy O. Disney’s Dedication Speech

Fastpass To History: Roy O. Disney's Dedication Speech

Walt Disney World officially opened 43 years ago on October 1st, 1971. On October 26th, Roy O. Disney, gave the Walt Disney World dedication speech. After Walt’s death in 1966, it was unclear if the Florida Project would become a reality. Walt’s brother Roy took it upon himself to make sure his brother’s dream of a Florida theme park came true. To honor his brother, Roy had the planned name of Disney World changed to Walt Disney World. While Walt Disney may be more well known than his brother and business partner Roy, the fact that the Most Magical Place On Earth actually does exist is thanks to Roy.

You can watch Roy O. Disney’s 1971 Walt Disney World dedication speech in the video below.


Thanks Roy for making Walt’s dream a reality!

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Sean @DisneyDayByDay

Happy Birthday WDW – so glad Roy kept the spirit and the project alive. Thanks for sharing and hosting!


Me too! I can’t imagine not having my favorite place on Earth!


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