Walt Disney World Resort Orlando
A popular misconception is that the resort exists in Orlando. In
fact, the entire Walt Disney World property is outside Orlando city
limits; the majority sits within southwestern Orange County with the
remainder in adjacent Osceola County to the south.
Most of Walt Disney World's Central Florida land and all of the
public areas are located in the cities of Bay Lake and Lake Buena
Vista, located southwest of Orlando and a few miles northwest of
Kissimmee. The land within Walt Disney World Resort is part of the
Reedy Creek Improvement District which allows the Disney corporation
to exercise quasi-governmental powers over the area.
Walt Disney World Resort features four theme parks, each represented
by an iconic structure:
The Magic Kingdom (Cinderella Castle)
The Magic Kingdom is a theme park covering 107 acres (433,000 m²) at
the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida, near Orlando. It
is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company, through its Walt
Disney Parks and Resorts unit. Opened on October 1, 1971, it is the
most famous Florida theme park and is credited with beginning the
Floridian tourism boom. Its layout and attractions are generally
similar to those of Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, and the
park was designed and built by WED Enterprises. Because Disneyland
was still the name of both the park and hotel complex during the
planning of the Walt Disney World resort, it was decided that it
would be wrong to have a Disneyland Park in the Walt Disney World
resort, thus it was settled that the theme park would be called The
Magic Kingdom, for the Walt Disney World resort would most certainly
expand with both more theme parks and hotels in the years to come,
however the Magic Kingdom was also a reference to Disneyland Park,
even though it was never officially called that.
Adventureland represents the mystery of exploring foreign lands. It
is themed to resemble the remote jungles in Africa, Asia, the Middle
East, South America and the South Pacific.
Frontierland is where guests can relive the wild west -- from
cowboys and indians, to exploring the mysteries of the Rivers of
This area of the park is based on an American Revolutionary town.
The Magic Kingdom's Rivers of America hosts the Liberty Belle river
In the words of Walt Disney: "Fantasyland is dedicated to the young
at heart and to those who believe that when you wish upon a star,
your dreams come true."
Fantasyland is themed in a medieval-faire style.
Mickey's Toontown Fair
An expansion of the expansion Mickey's Birthdayland and Mickey's
Starland, this area is the location of Mickey's Country House,
Minnie's Country House, and Donald's Boat.
In the words of Walt Disney: "Tomorrow can be a wonderful age. Our
scientists today are opening the doors of the Space Age to
achievements that will benefit our children and generations to come.
The Tomorrowland attractions have been designed to give you an
opportunity to participate in adventures that are a living blueprint
of our future."
Tomorrowland is themed to be a futuristic bustling spaceport.
Epcot (Spaceship Earth, the geodesic sphere.)
Epcot is the second theme park built at the Walt Disney World Resort
near Orlando, Florida. It was dedicated to international culture and
technological innovation. The park opened on October 1, 1982, and
was named EPCOT Center from 1982 to 1993. Based on square footage,
it was the largest Disney theme park in the world until 1998, when
Disney's Animal Kingdom opened.
Future World and World Showcase
Pavilions in the World Showcase
Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, The American Adventure,
America Gardens Theatre, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom,
Disney-MGM Studios (The Sorcerer's Hat; formerly the Earful Tower)
Disney-MGM Studios is a theme park in the Walt Disney World Resort,
Florida, USA. It opened on May 1, 1989. 135 acres (546,000 m²) in
size, the park's theme is Hollywood classic movies and popular TV
The only affiliation that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has to the Disney park
is via contracts that allow Disney to use the MGM name and lion logo
in marketing, and separate contracts that allow for specific MGM
content to be used in The Great Movie Ride.
Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, a simplified version of the
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, an indoor roller coaster
in the dark, with three inversions and a high-speed launch.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, a thrill ride which drops guest
in an elevator in a randomized set of 4 sequences each involving
multiple high speed drops and ascents. In addition, special effects
including smell, lighting and sound enhance the trill.
Fantasmic! a nighttime show with characters and fireworks held in
the specifically-built Hollywood Hills Amphitheatre off the Sunset
Hollywood Boulevard is lined with shops selling Disney merchandise
and food. This is also the location of the "Disney Stars and Motor
Cars Parade." Michael Eisner, who had a major part in the park's
creation ever since the earliest development, demanded the opening
land operate on the same principle as Main Street, U.S.A.—a street
lined with shops and food, but in a style more fitting to the
The Great Movie Ride, a dark ride paying homage to several classic
films is located at the end of Hollywood Boulevard.
Disney's Animal Kingdom (The Tree of Life)
Disney's Animal Kingdom is a theme park at Walt Disney World Resort
in Florida. It opened on April 22, 1998. It is the largest Disney
theme park in the world, covering more than 500 acres (2 km²). It is
the first Disney theme park to be themed entirely around animal
conservation, a philosophy once pioneered by Walt Disney himself.
Upon entering the park, guests must walk through this area to
get into any of the other lands in the park. The Oasis consists of
different paths leading to Discovery Island which walk guests past
animal habitats such as giant anteaters, boars, Hyacinth Macaws, and
others. The Rainforest Cafe is also located at the entrance of the
The main land in the park, it is the home of the The Tree of Life.
It is the center island in the park and has paths to all six of the
It's Tough to be a Bug - At the roots of The Tree of Life see what
life is like as a bug as Flik from A Bug's Life shows a 3-D Film
about bugs and their daily lives.
The Festival of the Lion King. Timon is visible.
This land is the home of two shows and four character greeting spots
where Guests can see such characters as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and
Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends - A children's show with live
animals based on the film Pocahontas.
Festival of the Lion King - A high-energy musical performance
featuring songs and characters from the film The Lion King.
The Africa area features an exhibit of Silverback Gorillas
Kilimanjaro Safaris - Climb aboard your open-sided safari vehicle
for an exciting expedition for the entire family. Animals from
Africa freely roam through acres of savanna, rivers and rocky hills.
Look out for giraffes, hippos, elephants, rhinos, lions and poachers
Pangani Forest Exploration Trail -
Trek into the forest in search of
gorillas! Along the way, enjoy a nature walk through a verdant
African valley filled with Nile hippos, birds and fish. Enter an
exotic bird aviary, an underwater hippo viewing area, a savanna
overlook, and have an intimate up-close encounter with a magnificent
troop of gorillas.
Rafiki's Planet Watch
Formerly Conservation Station and still accessible by train only,
this area contains small animals, a petting zoo with domesticated
goats, and exhibits teaching about conservation efforts. The
veterinary hospital's viewing window allows guests to watch medical
procedures conducted by the veterinary staff.
Wildlife Express Train - Ride the rails on this rustic African train
that travels the savanna for a behind-the-scenes journey through
several animal housing and care areas of the park. In just over five
minutes, your guided train ride transports you to the core of the
park's conservation center. All aboard!
Habitat Habit! - See endangered Cottontop Tamarin primates up
close. Trek down this adventure trail and help your animal friends
in ways that you never thought possible. It's fun to share your
world and your own backyard with animals!
Affection Section - Don't be shy! Enjoy this delightful animal
encounter with goats, sheep, pigs, chicken, llamas and more. Watch
for special guest appearances by some of the park's friendlier
animals. This is a great way to help little ones begin to "open
their eyes to the world around them.
Conservation Station - At trail's end, the discovery has just begun
as you visit the center of Disney efforts to promote wildlife
conservation awareness. Inside, there is a whole herd of wild animal
experiences, interactive games and fun-filled shows. See animals up
close in this rare behind-the-scenes adventure!
Flights of Wonder - "Wing" on in to the Caravan Stage and join a
trainee bird handler and a wayward tour guide who teach each other
about the delicate state of nature. See birds such as vultures,
hawks, colorful macaws, crowned crane and the American Bald Eagle up
close. May your spirits fly sky-high
Kali River Rapids - Raft down the turbulent waters of the Chakranadi
River aboard a 12-passenger raft through an enchanting Asian rain
forest. A blazing inferno rushes toward you! Escape down a rushing
waterfall! Beware of gushing geysers! Get set to get wet!
Maharajah Jungle Trek - Trek into the lush forests for an
unparalleled adventure into the wilds of the mystical Anandapur
Royal Forest of Southeast Asia. Have up-close encounters with Komodo
dragons, tapirs and tigers. Make eye contact with stalking tigers.
Wander among the ruins of an ancient palace inhabited by beautiful
and exotic animals!
The Expedition Everest 'mountain' which houses the roller-coaster
Expedition Everest - In this runaway-train roller coaster, Himalayan
trekkers board refurbished steam trains on their way to the base
camp of Mount Everest, using a shortcut that passes through the
"forbidden mountain" guarded by the legendary yeti.
The Boneyard - Slip, slide, slither and slosh through a play
maze filled with fun fossils. "Exploration. Excavation. Exultation."
is the motto of the Dino Institute and nowhere is this truer than
here. Would-be paleontologists young and old play amidst a world of
dinosaur discoveries like a Triceratops, T-Rex and Wooly Mammoth.
Frolic among the fossils!
DINOSAUR (formerly Countdown to Extinction) - Whoosh
back to primeval times for a wild ride of an expedition to complete
your dangerous mission. The clock is ticking on your Time Rover and
you have mere minutes to rescue a stray dinosaur. Beware the hungry
clutches of one large meat-eating predator and the devastating power
of an impending asteroid! It's fast. It's a blast! It's in the past!
Animals located in Dinoland include an American Crocodile, Abdim's
Storks, and Asian brown tortoises.
Finding Nemo - The Musical - Set to debut in November, 12th 2006,
the original musical stage show developed by Walt Disney Creative
Entertainment tells the story of the Disney/Pixar film Finding
Nemo with new songs by Avenue Q composer Bobby Lopez and
puppets designed by Michael Curry. Production combines dancers,
acrobats, animated backdrops, and theatrical puppetry. Marlin, Dory
and Nemo are depicted by actors holding larger than life puppets
while other characters utilize a number of puppetry styles.
Dino-Sue - Visit Disney's oldest "cast" member, clocking in at 67
million years. Dino-Sue is a painstaking reproduction of the
largest, most complete T-Rex ever found! The length of a four-story
building, the mighty T-Rex is available to pose for pictures with
you at the Dino institute. It's fossiliferous!
Cretaceous Trail - Enjoy a lush, shady, relaxing and surprising
walking tour amidst plant and animal survivors that have outlived
the dinosaurs. Play with a Pachycephalosaurus, encounter living
animal species that have survived since prehistoric times and
discover fossil dig sites!
DinoLand also contains " Chester and Hester's Dino-Rama!", an
area made to look like a tacky 1950s roadside attraction built on an
old parking lot. Dino-Rama! has been criticized by Disney fans for
containing only "off-the-shelf" attractions (whack-a-mole and other
carnival games) similar to what other parks offer, and for charging
guests money for each play.
Primeval Whirl - Take a whirl into prehistory in one of these
spinning time machines. Thrill to the sudden dips, hairpin turns and
tight curves of this rollicking coaster. Each colorful car spins
independently so you never know how things will "turn" out! It's the
best time you've had in ages.
TriceraTop Spin- Take the family for a spin aboard this whirling,
twirling, friendly 4 person flying dinosaur.
Fossil Fun Games - Erupting with fun, these dinosaur-themed games
offer a good time for everyone.
There are also two water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach (a
third, River Country, operated from 1976-2001), and the Disney's
Wide World of Sports athletic complex.
The Downtown Disney area, consisting of three sections (Marketplace,
Pleasure Island, and West Side), contains many shopping, dining, and
entertainment venues. This includes Disney Quest (an indoor
"interactive theme park"), the House of Blues, and a permanent
Cirque du Soleil show (La Nouba).
Walt Disney World Resort covers a total of 47 square miles (122
square kilometers), about the size of San Francisco or twice the
size of Manhattan. Less than half the property has been developed. A
quarter has been set aside as a wilderness preserve.
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