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1989: Disney’s Hollywood Studios (then the Disney MGM-Studios)

Editor’s Note: This post is part 19 in a forty-part blog series in celebration of Walt Disney World Resort’s upcoming 40th Anniversary.   Please welcome to The Window Seat Kaylene Jablecki, Walt Disney World Moms Panel Guest Author.

In 1989, Disney’s Hollywood Studios opened as Disney’s third theme park in Florida. Learn how to make the most out of your experience at the park dedicated to entertainment and the glitz and the glamour of Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s.


1988: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (then Disney’s Grand Floridian Beach Resort)

Editor’s Note: This post is part 18 in a forty-part blog series in celebration of Walt Disney World Resort’s upcoming 40th Anniversary.   Please welcome to The Window Seat Kathie Flood, Walt Disney World Moms Panel Guest Author.

In 1988, “luxury” was given a new address in the Vacation Kingdom. Take in some insider secrets to enjoying everything this Victorian landmark has to offer. 


It’s impossible to think “luxury” at Walt Disney World Resort without Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa immediately popping out in your mind. This flagship Disney resort combines the best location, full-service spa and the legendary service that has made the Disney name famous.

1987: Groundbreaking for Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

Editor’s Note: This post is part 17 in a forty-part blog series in celebration of Walt Disney World Resort’s upcoming 40th Anniversary. Please welcome to The Window Seat Leslie Krzan, Walt Disney World Moms Panel Guest Author.

1987 marks the groundbreaking for the first of the two present-day water parks at Walt Disney World Resort – Typhoon Lagoon. But which park fits your family best?


Did you know that within Walt Disney World Resort, there are two water parks? One of the greatest features about the Walt Disney World Resort is that there are so many fun and exciting things to do! The options are endless. Aside from the four theme parks, my family’s favorite thing to do is to throw on our swimsuits and spend the day at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon or Disney’s Blizzard Beach. Let’s take a closer look into what these two parks have to offer guests.

1981: Construction Continues on Walt Disney World Monorail Extension

Editor’s Note: This post is part 11 in a forty-part blog series in celebration of Walt Disney World Resort’s upcoming 40th Anniversary. Thank you to the Walt Disney World Moms Panel for this post.

In 1981, transportation for guests became even easier with the extension of the Walt Disney World Monorail. Learn how to most effectively maneuver the myriad of transportation systems Disney offers around its parks, resorts and other attractions.

1978: “Christmas at Walt Disney World” Television Special

Editor’s Note: This post is part nine in a forty-part blog series in celebration of Walt Disney World Resort’s upcoming 40th Anniversary. Please welcome to The Window Seat Lynn Lane, Walt Disney World Moms Panelist and guest blogger.

In 1978, the first “Christmas at Walt Disney World” television special aired across the country. Today, take a peek at the seasonal spectacles awaiting guests traveling to Walt Disney World Resort during the holidays.