See Rare Photos of the Construction of Disney's Magic Kingdom

A "treasure trove" of images showing early construction at Walt Disney World has surfaced online.

📅   Thu September 29, 2016 - National Edition


After her grandmother died in 2012, Valdes was given a box of pictures that she didn't examine until she was packing to move last March.
After her grandmother died in 2012, Valdes was given a box of pictures that she didn't examine until she was packing to move last March.
After her grandmother died in 2012, Valdes was given a box of pictures that she didn't examine until she was packing to move last March. After her grandmother died in 2012, Valdes was given a box of pictures that she didn't examine until she was packing to move last March. After her grandmother died in 2012, Valdes was given a box of pictures that she didn't examine until she was packing to move last March. After her grandmother died in 2012, Valdes was given a box of pictures that she didn't examine until she was packing to move last March.

As Disney's Magic Kingdom in Florida celebrates it's 45th anniversary this year, rare photos of it's construction have surfaced online.

CNN is reporting that Kelly Wise Valdes didn't think twice about visiting the Magic Kingdom when she was a child.

Her grandfather, Chester "Chet" Wise, helped build the Disney park starting in 1969 and continued to work there until he retired in the late 1980s. Her grandmother, Elizabeth Wise, also worked at the park. They lived right by it until Chet Wise died in 2002, so Valdes visited often.

After her grandmother died in 2012, Valdes was given a box of pictures that she didn't examine until she was packing to move last March.

What she found was a treasure trove: her grandfather had taken dozens of pictures of the Magic Kingdom under construction, often from high above.

For the full story, and to see more photos, visit CNN.