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B.D. (Before Disney), Orlando was named Jernigan and was the home of a wooden fort used during the Seminole Wars. Jernigan was in Mosquito County, which changed its name to Orange County in the mid-1800’s. Shortly thereafter, Orlando became known as the “City Beautiful”. In 1965 Disney purchased 28,000 acres in the area, and in 1971 Walt Disney World opened. Your map maker met Walt as an Ambassador of Happiness while working for the Illinois Pavilion at the New York World’s in 1964-65 where Disney debuted his first audio-animatronics figure at the “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln” presentation. Walt Disney died in 1966.


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