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Walt Disney World Resort marks 50th anniversary(16 images)

The Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando debuted on Oct. 1, 1971, with the opening of the Magic Kingdom. Now the world's most visited tourist attraction, the park added Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom over the years. Here are some scenes from the park on its 50th anniversary and a few previous shots of popular attractions.

The fireworks show titled "Enchantment" is displayed for the first time in Magic Kingdom Park during "The World's Most Magical Celebration" at the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort on Thursday in Orlando. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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Sun sets on Cinderella's Castle with a balloon shaped like Mickey Mouse in the foreground. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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Mickey Mouse waves in a parade down Main Street near Cinderella's Castle in Magic Kingdom. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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A chocolatier dips an apple designed to look like Mickey Mouse into chocolate at The Main Street Confectionery in Magic Kingdom. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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