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// THE ORLANDO SENTINEL - OCTOBER 21,1965


// THE ORLANDO SENTINEL - NOVEMBER 15,1965

The Orlando Sentinel. November 16, 1965 issue.
(c) The Orlando Sentinel

It began in November 15,1965 with a press conference where Governor Burns introduces Walt and Roy Disney announcing plans for Disney World, and Walt tells of their enthusiasm toward the new Disney facility in Florida. They indicate that the initial investment will top California, saying that the facility is in the planning stages and will take three years to open. Governor Burns mentions working out tax questions. Disney will not reveal plans, but mentions market surveys that played a part in the choice of Florida as the location. More aspects are discussed, including the number of tourists, vehicle traffic and roads, and Disney's impact on Florida.

(c) 1965 Walt Disney Productions / State of Florida Archives Library

// WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS FEBRUARY 2, 1967 PRESS RELEASE


Issued a mere two months after Walt Disney’s death, this very rare press kit was sent to related news outlets and corporate participants announcing the greatest project to date for Walt Disney Productions and WED Enterprises: The Florida Project. This press folder is some of the earliest public information made available on the project with press copy info and photographs of concept art and stills from Disney’s last pitch of the project. At this early stage, the emphasis was still heavily on E.P.C.O.T. and less on the theme park which was planned to fund it. Soon, the Experimental City would take a back burner to the Magic Kingdom and ultimately drop out from immediate planning. An excellent example of how drastically the course changed on the project within a year of Walt’s death. 

The press kit included: 

- a color folder (click to enlarge)

 
(c) 1967 Walt Disney Productions

- 4 concept arts printed in black and white (click to enlarge)

   
(c) 1967 Walt Disney Productions

- 3 photos of Walt Disney in the Florida Project war room (click to enlarge)

  
(c) 1967 Walt Disney Productions

- 1 press release of 19 pages (click to read)

(c) 1967 Walt Disney Productions

// NEW YORK TIMES - FEBRUARY 19, 1967

(c) The New York Times