Disney traffic force ready

ORLANDO, Fla (UPI) -- Walt Disney World, a $400 million amusement park will open Friday with "a minimum of fanfare" by design.

"Frankly we don't know what to expect on that first day" said a Disney spokesman.


The Florida Highway Patrol does, however, and an additional 20 troopers have been ordered into the area to handle an expected monumental traffic jam on Interstate 4 the only four-lane artery leading to the attraction 20 miles southwest of Orlando.

Disney World will have its own 200 man security force patrolling the 27,000 acres of amusement rides and shows, hotels, golf courses, and campgrounds.

While the size of the opening day crowd may mystify Disney World officials, the day-to-day intake of humanity doesn't.

They expect 10 million persons a day to visit Disney Word during the first year of operation.

All but two of the 35 major attractions in the six amusement areas will open Friday, but public accommodations at Disney World's two resort hotels won't be ready until November.

Rates will range from $22 to $40 a night depending on the location of the room in the 14-story hotel - with a monorail running through the lobby, and the 500-room Polynesian village.


A general admission of $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for children 12-17 and $1 for children 3-11 will be charged to enter the park.

Prices for the various rides and attractions range from 10 cents to 90 cents.

However a seven-ticket book may be purchased for $4.75 for adults, $4.25 for Juniors, and $3.75 for children.

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