Today is the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World's grand opening. I remember the very first time that I heard about the existence of a "second Disneyland." It was when I was in the second grade and our teacher was passing out copies of My Weekly Reader to the class. The cover story headline was, "Disney World Is A New Disneyland." I was already a huge Disneyland fan, even at that age, so this was very exciting news.
For years, I thought the characters in the cover photo (below), were standing above the entrance to Walt Disney World's Hall of Presidents attraction. Only recently, did I realize that they were standing on the second level of the Liberty Square Boat Dock.
That was it for the story about WDW's opening....short and sweet! Well, we were only second graders, so all of the stories were short. Here is the rest of the issue.
It would be 12 more years before the children of Japan (and the adults, too!) would get their own Disneyland.
Astrofood! This was a time when everyone was still fascinated with space travel/exploration, and it was reflected in the naming of certain places and products, such as AstroTurf, Astroburger restaurants, the Astrodome in Houston, Astro the dog (on The Jetsons), etc.
A test? Nobody said there was going to be a test, later! I'm breaking out in a cold sweat!
I believe that a "Peanut and Jocko" comic strip appeared in most, if not every issue of My Weekly Reader. This one isn't all that funny. Maybe as second graders, we thought it was hilarious?
If I'm remembering correctly, My Weekly Reader was usually only 4 pages long. However, this issue had a special insert in the middle of it, with four pages of poetry.
While looking at the the artwork below, I realized I still have one childhood Halloween costume that I need to photograph and share. That would be my Mickey Mouse costume. It was the last "Ben Cooper-style" costume that I ever wore. Last October, I posted photos of my brother and me, wearing a few of our childhood Halloween costumes. For anyone who's interested, those pics can be seen here: A Vintage Halloween Potpourri.
Happy 50th birthday, Walt Disney World!