The year was 1986.
Walt Disney World was celebrating its 15th anniversary, and Regis Philbin was there to document the history of the Vacation Kingdom. Regis was only the “man on the street” reporter for the 1986 Very Merry Christmas Parade; Joan Lunden and Ben Vereen provided the live and awkward commentary from the booth. These were the days when the park was the star of the show, as mercifully there was not a Miley Cyrus or boy band of the moment to be found.
We’re now farther away from 1986 than Regis and pals were from Walt Disney World’s 1971 opening day… this makes me sad. But thankfully my family VCR was there to witness it, and now as the debut broadcast of Progress City’s Public TV station WED-TV I offer to you… the first 15 years of Walt Disney World.