The Story of How Walt’s Dream Destination Became a Reality

A Rare Glimpse into the Magic Kingdom’s Underground Labyrinth

A Peek Back at Early Attractions

Plus an Exhilarating Hint of the Park’s Future

BURBANK, Calif. – July 26, 2011The special fall issue of Disney twenty-three magazine, on stands August 2, is dedicated entirely to the 40th anniversary ofWalt Disney World. Readers are offered a look at how theresort was created, including revealing details behind the mysterious operationto acquire the vast expanse of Floridaland needed to build Walt’s “vacation kingdom of the world.” Withits nostalgic look back at attractions that have vanished but remain in thehearts of multiple generations, this commemorative issue also takes readers onan exclusive visit to the Magic Kingdom’sunderground “city.” Readers are privy to a host of little-knownfacts that contribute to Walt Disney World’s remarkable history and givethe Floridatheme park its unique identity. An illuminating all-encompassing interview withImagineering dynamo Eric Jacobson rounds out the issue, as he tours the Magic Kingdomwith Disney twenty-three,pointing out some of his park favorites and giving readers a preview of thenew, expanded Fantasyland.

In addition to the look back at the excitement leading up tothe spectacular opening of the Walt Disney World Resort in October 1971, Disney twenty-three’s fall issue includes an intimate,never-before-told portrait of Walt’s brother Roy, by his grandson Roy P. Disney. Roy O. was the executive responsiblefor making sure that the park opened on time… and on budget.

And there’smore in the autumn issue of Disney twenty-three:

· WE SAY IT’S DISNEY!: Bob Foster played a key role inthe acquisition of the land that would become Walt Disney World. WithBob’s insights and recollections, Disney archivist Steven Vagnini takesus back to the twinkle in Walt’s eye that eventually became a reality.

· REMEMBERING 1971: Disneytwenty-three relives the historic events leading up to thatunforgettable day in October when Walt Disney World welcomed its first guests.

· MAKIN’ MEMORIES: From The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter to Kitchen Kabaret, the Magic Kingdomand Epcot have been home to countless attractions that left guests with thewarm fuzzies. Here are some of Disney twenty-three’s all-time favorites.

· IN A CLASS BY HERSELF: Readers are welcomed aboard Empress Lilly, the Disney VillageMarketplace riverboat that served up culinary delights from 1977 to 1995.Readers are even given the exclusive secret recipe for the Chicken Crepes Lillythat became so popular on the floating attraction.

· 40 THINGS (YOU JUST MIGHT NOT KNOW!) ABOUT WALT DISNEY WORLD:Even the most avid Disney fan might be surprised by the trivia uncovered aboutWalt Disney World in this feature. The parks are filled with vibrant historyand little-known gems.


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The name“D23” pays homage to the wonder and excitement that began in 1923when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first officialcommunity for fans in Disney’s 88-year history. D23 gives its members agreater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middleof the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at Disney D23 collectibles line, the Walt Disney Archives Collection; and special eventsfor D23 Members throughout the year. Fans can join D23 at Disney D23 shops at Disneyland® Resort and Walt Disney World® Resort and Disney Store | Official Site for Disney Merchandise.