Walt Disney World® Resort is Disney's magical theme park in Lake Buena Vista near Orlando, Florida. The possibilities for fun and entertainment are endless at Walt Disney World® Resort, whether you and your family choose to discover the enchanted lands of Disney’s Magic Kingdom®, blast off into the future at Epcot®, journey through the fascinating history of Hollywood movies at Disney's Hollywood Studios or take an amazing safari adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom®. Disney World is easily accessible from Interstate 4, as well as the Florida Turnpike, Osceola Parkway, State Road 429 and U.S. 192
Walt Disney World Theme Parks
Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park encompasses 107 acres and features a variety of attractions for all ages such as Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion (a true Disney classic!) and Space Mountain at Main Street USA, Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, New Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. Disney's Epcot offers Future World, which boasts popular attractions such as Mission: SPACE, Test Track and Soarin', as well as the Disney's World Showcase with its 11 pavilions: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, USA, Morocco, France, United Kingdom and Canada. Disney's Hollywood Studios features attractions, thrill rides and live shows such as The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Toy Story Mania! and Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage. Disney’s Animal Kingdom offers exotic animals, amazing live shows and thrilling attractions such as the incredible Expedition Everest roller coaster.
Walt Disney World History
The Walt Disney World Resort first opened with Disney’s Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971. In its first year alone, Disney World surpassed the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gettysburg and Yellowstone National Park as a tourist destination. Epcot opened its doors in 1982, followed by Disney-MGM Studios (now known as Disney's Hollywood Studios) in 1989 and Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 1998. Today, Walt Disney World Resort encompasses 30,500 acres (47 square miles), making it twice as large as Manhattan and approximately the same size as San Francisco, California. About 46 million tourists visit Walt Disney World Resort annually. For more information about Walt Disney World history, visit the Walt Disney World Timeline.
Walt Disney World Water Parks, Downtown Disney
In addition to its four world-class theme parks, the Walt Disney World Resort features two thrilling water parks, Disney’s Blizzard Beach (billed as the “Coolest Water Park in Central Florida”) and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, which boasts one of the world’s largest wave pools; Downtown Disney® Marketplace, which features more than 70 specialty shops and themed restaurants; and ESPN Wide World of Sports® Complex, a state-of-the-art sports facility that serves as the home stadium for the Atlanta Braves during Spring Training.
Walt Disney World Hotels
Walt Disney World also boasts a variety of deluxe, moderate and budget resorts, hotels and campgrounds, including Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Walt Disney World Dolphin, Walt Disney World Swan, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort and Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.