October 22, 1979 – Walt Disney World Welcomes 100,000,000th Guest
On October 22, 1979, Walt Disney World welcomed Kurt Miller, the park’s 100,000,000th guest. This was not only extraordinary as the park had only been open eight years, but that by 1976, only three years earlier, the 50,000,000th guest had been welcomed. By 1979, only Magic Kingdom; Disney’s River Country, the park’s first Water Park; and Discovery Island, a place where guests could observe wildlife, were the only parks open. The lucky guest received a lifetime pass to the park from Mickey Mouse and then Walt Disney World Vice President Bob Allen.