Flashback Friday hosted by Focused on the Magic Logo

As tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of Walt Disney World I scoured some of my parent’s photos and found these of the Contemporary.  They were taken the first year they were open.  In fact my folks stayed there in the Garden Wing in 1972.  Legend has it is I am a souvenir of that trip.

Walt Disney World Contemporary Resort in 1972 - The Road Leading to the Resort

Walt Disney World Contemporary Resort in 1972 - View of the Resort from Bay lake

Walt Disney World Contemporary Resort in 1972 - Lobby

The Disney Contemporary Resort opened in 1971 as the first phase of the new Walt Disney World Resort.

  • Designed by WED Enterprises (now Walt Disney Imagineering) using a unique process called “unitized modular construction.”
  • Each 9 ton room was slid into place in a 150 ft high steel skeleton
  • Other “Phase One” resorts that never made it off the drawing room floor were inspired by Asian, Venetian and Persian motifs
  • Original motif was a groovey 1970s version of a modern and slightly futuristic environment

Walt Disney World Contemporary Resort in 1972 - Construction courtesy of WDW News

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