Modern Living: Disney World: Pixie Dust Over Florida

FIRST there was Disneyland, an elaborate $128.5 million, 70-acre playground that erupted 16 years ago in the Southern California flatlands outside Anaheim. Its stunning success spawned a host of imitators, including amusement extravaganzas called Six Flags in Dallas, St. Louis and Atlanta. Chicagoans were given the opportunity to celebrate Christmas year round at Santa's Village, Houstonites to take flights of fancy at the 100-ride Astroworld, and animal lovers to join Lion Country Safaris in Los Angeles and West Palm Beach.

It was left to the imagination of the late Walt Disney and to the...

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