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.
Walt Disney World® Theme Parks
Disney's Magic Kingdom - Adventureland, New Fantasyland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Tomorrowland
Disney's Epcot - Future World, World Showcase
Disney's Hollywood Studios - Backlot, Mickey Avenue Animation Courtyard, Hollywood Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard
Disney's Animal Kingdom - Africa, Asia, Camp Minnie-Mickey, DinoLand U.S.A., Discovery Island, Oasis, Rafiki's Planet Watch
Walt Disney World® Water Parks
Disney's Blizzard Beach
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon
Other Walt Disney World® Attractions
Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba
Disney's Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course
Disney's Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park
Richard Petty Driving Experience
RICH'S TRIVIA: Walt Disney's parents, Elias and Flora, were married on New Year's Day, 1888, in Kismet, Florida (now a ghost town).
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Our Disney World Guide includes:
Disney World Fact Sheets - Disney's Magic Kingdom Fact Sheet, Epcot Fact Sheet, Disney's Hollywood Studios Fact Sheet, Disney's Animal Kingdom Fact Sheet, Disney's Blizzard Beach Fact Sheet, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Fact Sheet
Disney FAQs - Best times to visit, seasonal events, weather, operating hours, outdoor recreation, directions, PhotoPass
FASTPASS - Free attraction reservation system at Disney World theme parks
Walt Disney World Graveyard - Defunct Disney World attractions
Disney World Height Restrictions - Comprehensive height restriction list for all Disney World thrill rides
Disney's Hidden Mickeys - Guide to Hidden Mickeys throughout all of the Disney World theme parks
Walt Disney World Hidden Treasures - Unique theme park attractions that are not listed in any of the Disney World brochures
Disney World Itineraries - Comprehensive itineraries for preschool age, older kids and teenagers
Disney World Maps - Detailed maps of every Disney World theme park and water park
Disney World News - The latest news about Disney World from a myriad of sources
Disney World Resource List - A site map that details all of the Disney World resources on Orlando-Florida.net
Walt Disney World Retro - Nostalgic videos that trace Disney World history from 1971 to today
Walt Disney World Theme Park Blog - Up-to-date information on upcoming events at Disney World
Walt Disney World Tickets - All you need to know about choosing the right Disney World ticket deal for your family, as well as the best way to purchase discount Disney tickets
Walt Disney World Timeline - The most comprehensive online timeline of Disney World from the 1960s until today
Walt Disney Tribute - A in-depth biography of the legendary visionary and namesake for Disney World and Disneyland that includes quotes, trivia, photos and videos
Walt Disney World Trivia - Fascinating facts about Disney World theme parks and attractions
Disney Trailer - Movie trailers from some of Disney's most beloved animated classics
Walt Disney World Videos - Hundreds of Disney World videos that provide a preview of the most popular Disney attractions
Walt Disney World Video
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