Tuesday, May 08, 2007


On November 15, 1965, Walt Disney, Roy Disney, and Governor Haydon Burns shared the stage at a press conference in Orlando, announcing Disney's plan to build a new theme park in Orlando. Until shortly before this announcement, Disney's real estate agents had worked secretly for 18 months to buy land before word got out and prices rose accordingly. Learning from prior experience in California, Disney wanted enough land for the park to be completely self-contained, and to have a sizeable buffer from the outside world.

In 1996, as part of the ceremonies for Walt Disney World's 25th anniversary, Disney held a reunion of sorts marking the occassion of that press conference, which took at the Cherry Plaza Hotel in Orlando, overlooking Lake Eola. The Cherry Plaza is now the Post Parkside apartments. Its restaurant has changed hands several times over the years, and may or may not reopen as Stottler's.

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