Every major Disney theme park has received its own, unique dedication. Five different men have done their best to sum up the spirit of eleven parks, distilling them into a few brief sentences.
Check them all out here and tell us how you think they did.
To all who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America, with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.
— Walter E. Disney, July 17, 1955
The first dedication to a Disney park is also one of the most memorable, in part because it was the only one given by Walt Disney himself. I think Disneyland has definitely fulfilled its promise to be “a joy and inspiration to all the world."
2. Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World is a tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney... and to the talents, the dedication, and the loyalty of the entire Disney organization that made Walt Disney's dream come true. May Walt Disney World bring Joy and Inspiration and New Knowledge to all who come to this happy place ... a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn together.
— Roy Oliver Disney, October 25, 1971
The Magic Kingdom was specifically dedicated to Walt Disney, who passed before it could be completed. His brother Roy postponed his retirement to help launch the first Florida park.
To all who come to this place of joy, hope of enterprise and concepts of a future that promises new and exciting benefits for all. May EPCOT Center entertain, inform and inspire and above all, may it instill a new sense of belief and pride in man's ability to shape a world that offers hope to people everywhere in the world.
— E. Cardon Walker, October 24, 1982
Epcot was not originally envisioned as a theme park, but the dedication points to how it was created in the spirit of Walt Disney’s extremely innovative ideas for the location.
4. Tokyo Disneyland
To all of you who come to this happy place, welcome. Here you will discover enchanted lands of Fantasy and Adventure, Yesterday and Tomorrow. May Tokyo Disneyland be an eternal source of joy, laughter, inspiration, and imagination to the people of the world. And may this magical kingdom be an enduring symbol of the spirit of cooperation and friendship between the great nations of Japan and the United States of America.
— E. Cardon Walker, April 15, 1983
Tokyo Disneyland was the first Disney park to open outside the United States. It’s owned by The Oriental Land Company, which licenses the theme from Disney.
5. Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The World you have entered was created by The Walt Disney Company and is dedicated to Hollywood—not a place on a map, but a state of mind that exists wherever people dream and wonder and imagine, a place where illusion and reality are fused by technological magic. We welcome you to a Hollywood that never was—and always will be.
— Michael D. Eisner, May 1, 1989
Michael Eisner gave a beautiful dedication to Hollywood Studios, referring to it as an idealistic version of Tinseltown. Disney-MGM Studios (as it was then known) was inspired by the glitz and glamor of Hollywood.
6. Disneyland Paris
To all who come to this happy place, welcome. Once upon a time... A master storyteller, Walt Disney, inspired by Europe’s best loved tales, used his own special gifts to share them with the world. He envisioned a Magic Kingdom where these stories would come to life, and called it Disneyland. Now his dream returns to the lands that inspired it. Euro Disneyland is dedicated to the young, and the young at heart... with a hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration for all the world.
— Michael D. Eisner, April 12, 1992
The dedication to the first European Disney park makes a point to mention how the continent’s fairy tales inspired some of the most significant Disney films. We wouldn’t have Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Cinderella and a lot of other classics if it weren’t for European storytelling.