When The Walt Disney company purchased 47 square miles of
Real Estate to the west of Kissimmee in 1965. US Hwy 192 was a dusty
truck route that came West from US Hwy 1, at Melbourne, to feed the
growing city of Orlando.
Walt Disney World opened in 1971 with US 192 now extended to form the
entrance to the Magic Kingdom. The MainGate West & East areas.
It took some time for WDW to really take off but within 15 years the
MainGate areas, and it's links to the Interstate 4 Freeway, became one
of the most visited roads anywhere.
Now finished on US Hwy 192 is the 'BeautiVacation Project' transforming
the popular tourist corridor from a rural highway to an urban
thoroughfare, creating six lanes instead of four, and adding curbs and
10-foot wide sidewalks with lighting to each side of the road.