From its original opening in 1955 Disney had been trying to outdo himself. The shortcomings of the original and the encroachment of ancillary development lead Walt to, as usual, dream bigger. He spent years scouring America for the right combination of large tracts of affordable land, good weather and easy accessibility.

He found the right combination in Central Florida. Slowly he began buying up the parcels under various businesses until some sharp reporters discovered the news…Disney was coming to Florida and his arrival would change the course of entertainment for ever.