Jimmy Patronis, state of Florida wish Walt Disney World happy 50th anniversary

Florida's chief financial officer says Disney transformed state into 'worldwide destination'
Walt Disney World entrance
Posted at 11:40 AM, Oct 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-01 11:45:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Even the state of Florida is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World.

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis issued a proclamation and video Wednesday to commemorate 50 years of Disney in the Sunshine State.

Walt Disney World opened to the public Oct. 1, 1971, in Lake Buena Vista near Orlando.

Patronis said Disney's arrival "turned the heart of our state into a worldwide destination, creating thousands of jobs and opportunities for Florida families and businesses."

"Over the last 50 years, Disney World has enriched the lives of millions around the world (and) shaped a lifetime of memories through its creativity, innovation and charm that only Disney can do," he said. "Happy anniversary, Walt Disney World. Here's to another 50 years of magic right here in the Sunshine State."