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Intersection: The Magic Kingdom Turns 50

This week Walt Disney World kicks off more than a year of celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of the Magic Kingdom. Walt Disney didn’t live to see his dream for a Florida theme park become a reality but his vision has transformed the region’s economy, landscape and culture. 

On this episode of Intersection we take a closer look at the impact of Disney on Central Florida, 50 years on from the opening of the Magic Kingdom. 

WMFE’s Talia Blake talks with author Aaron Goldberg about Walt’s vision for the theme park and what Orlando might look like without Disney. 

Theme park writer Seth Kubersky discusses the 50th anniversary celebrations and how Disney taps into nostalgia to keep guests coming back. 

George Wallace, executive director of the LGBT+ Center, reflects on Walt Disney World’s role in LGBTQ+ rights in Central Florida. 

And we listen back to an interview about how Disney’s approach to food influenced the design of his original theme park in California. 


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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »