About the Author

Britta Stephens

Britta Stephens is a contributing writer for WDW Magazine, Disney blogger, hairstylist, and dog mom x2. The first book she ever read was Hans Christan Anderson’s The Little Mermaid and she's been a fan of Disney endings ever since. When she’s not fostering kittens, she can be found reading literature from a dog’s perspective and singing the opening of The Lion King to her greenhouse plants.

Today in Disney History, 1997: Grand Floridian Spa Opens

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The Grand Floridian opened its doors in June of 1988 with the Victorian-style luxury we know and love today.  It had (and still has) gorgeous suites, lakefront views, and amenities that make us feel the glow of comfort and magnificence.  But even in all of her glory, opening day for the Grand Floridian was missing … Read More

Today in Disney History, 1982: EPCOT Center Opened

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It’s difficult for me to imagine a (Disney) world before EPCOT existed. Alas, there was such a time! Regardless of the mental, visual, and even emotional preparation that both guests and Cast Members alike were given, there was no way anyone could have been prepared for the groundbreaking phenomenon that was and is EPCOT Center. … Read More

Today in Disney History, 1986: Captain EO Opens at EPCOT

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Captain EO Opening Date

Captain EO debuted on this day, September 12th, 1986 in EPCOT (the year yours truly was born).  For the young’uns or Disney newbies in the house, Captain EO was a 3D experience that combined Disney magic with star-power. Starring the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson, written by Star Wars creator George Lucas and directed … Read More