Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World
is a resort and home to four theme parks located southwest of Orlando, Florida
in the City of Lake Buena Vista
and a few miles north of Kissimmee, Florida
. Owned and operated by Disney Corporation
, this park opened on October 1
and contains the Magic Kingdom, Epcot
(Originally EPCOT Center), the Disney/MGM studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom. Also located on the property are three water parks (River Country (now closed down), Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach) and Downtown Disney, a district for shopping and entertainment.
Walt Disney's idea of Walt Disney World was for a larger, more expansive version of Disneyland; a place that could constantly expand and not be as constrained by the need for land that Disneyland suffers from. Walt Disney World, especially as seen within Epcot, was to be a sort of "Disneyland of the future" where breakthroughs in science and technology could coexist with the original Disney vision of themed entertainment. Walt Disney also envisioned this project as incorporating a working community where his ideas about urban planning could be tested (he called this concept the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, or EPCOT (the theme park that eventually opened under the Epcot name bore little resemblance to this vision).
Although he particiapted in much of the planning for the project, Walt Disney himself never got to see the realization of his vision as he died in 1966.
The land within Walt Disney World is part of the Reedy Creek Improvement District which allows the Disney Corporation to exercise quasi-governmental powers over the area.
Walt Disney World has four main parks each with a main atraction that sereves as it's symbol:
- Disney's The Magic Kingdom,the castle
- Disney's Epcot,the ball
- Disney's MGM Studios
- Disney's Animal Kingdom,the tree
Besides the four main theme parks
within the Walt Disney World complex, another notable aspect is the large number of hotel resort complexes (both themed and non-themed) on the Walt Disney World property. The non-themed hotels are owned by private, non-Disney hospitality companies. The themed hotels include:
- All Star Movies
- All Star Music
- All Star Sports
- Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Beach Club Resort
- Boardwalk Inn Resort
- Caribbean Beach Resort
- Coronado Springs Resort
- Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
- Grand Floridian
- Old Key West
- Polynesian Resort
- Pop Century
- Port Orleans
- Shades of Green
- WDW Swan & Dolphin
- Wilderness Lodge
- Villas at the Disney Institute (Soon to reopen as Saratoga Springs Resort)
- Yacht Club Resort
The Walt Disney World resort also includes five world-class golf courses. The five 18-hole golf courses are the Magnolia, the Palm, Lake Buena Vista, Eagle Pines, and Osprey Ridge (the last two are part of the Bonnet Creek Golf Club).
Walt Disney World paved the way for many other theme parks and attractions in the area, including Sea World and Universal Studios, and helped make Orlando a popular tourist destination for people from all over the world.
- Magic Kingdom
- Disney - MGM Studios
- Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
- Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror
- Disney's Animal Kingdom
- DINOSAUR (Formerly Countdown to Extinction)