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The Magic of Walt Disney World (1972)

A look at the many attractions, resort hotels, and other amusements at Walt Disney World in its first year of operation.


Tom Leetch


Tom Leetch, William Bosche (narration) (as Bill Bosché)


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Steve Forrest ... Narrator (voice)


A look at the many attractions, resort hotels, and other amusements at Walt Disney World in its first year of operation.

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For the first time on the motion picture screen!


Family | Short


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Release Date:

20 December 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De Magische Wereld van Walt Disney World See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)
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[first lines]
Narrator: The first contingents of adventurous men sailed across the ocean to open up a new world. One of the first places they set foot upon was a bit of land that is now the state of Florida, U.S.A. Of course, there've been quite a few changes since then, and the New World has come a long way. But now, squarely in the middle of the very same bit of land, another new world has been opened up: Walt Disney World.
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Alternate Versions

When broadcast on television in March 1974, as part of The Magical World of Disney, the film was expanded to fill the one-hour time slot and updated to feature attractions not covered in the theatrical release. In addition, new narration was provided by Andrew Duggan. See more »


References Swiss Family Robinson (1960) See more »


Bear Band Serenade
Written by George Bruns and Xavier Atencio
Performed by Peter Renaday
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Nostalgic and comforting
26 March 2005 | by kevinmcgSee all my reviews

This is a great film. Not only does it give a snapshot of Walt Disney World at the time it was made (1972), it also gives a glimpse into the culture of Disney at the time. They wanted to portray the "vacation kingdom" as a place that not only gave the public Disney-fied entertainment, but was also a controlled/safe environment for the guests. Disney World opened at a time that contained greatest societal upheaval in the U.S. in the 20th Century: the Vietnam War; civil Rights and "Black Power", the Women's Movement, etc. Whether you agree or not, Disney wanted to create a place that was cut off in many ways from the the strife and pressure of the outside world.

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