May 3, 1989
Comedian Bob Hope helped open Disney-MGM Studios‘ new $400 million theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., capping a starstuddedÂ weekend of parties and previews.
“It’s the largest theme park run by actors, or cartoon characters, unless you want to count Washington, D.C.,” joked Hope.
Hope joined Disney Chairman Michael F1snÂ«r in opening day ceremonies Monday on an outdoor stage in front of a re-creation of Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard.
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“The world you have entered was created by the Walt Disney Company and is dedicated to Hollywood … a world that never was and always will be,” Eisner told the crowd.
The grand opening followed a weekend of festivities, including a Saturday night gala in which 40 movie and television stars paradedÂ down the park’s Hollywood Boulevard in vintage automobiles.
Among them were Bette Midler, Lauren Bacall, George Burns, Audrey Hepburn, Betty White and Kevin Costner.