Disney World is a major recreational resort containing four distinct theme parks located in Lake Buena Vista and Bay Lake, Florida, just southwest of Orlando. The four themed parks are: the “Magic Kingdom”, “Epcot”, “Disney-MGM Studios”, and “Disney’s Animal Kingdom”.
“The Magic Kingdom” opened as Disney World’s first themed area on October 1st, 1971. The kingdom has over 20 attractions set in 7 themed lands… “Main Street USA”, “Adventureland”, Frontierland”, Liberty Square”, “Fantasyland”, “Tomorrowland” and “Micky’s Toontown Fair”.
“Epcot” was the second Disney World theme park and was opened on October 1st, 1982. Epcot is dedicated to international culture and technological innovation. The park consists of two sections: “Future World” and “World Showcase”. Epcot has essentially become a permanent exhibit of the world’s nations.
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“Disney-MGM Studios” is the third theme park to open Disney World. Opened on May 1st, 1989, it encompasses 135 acres and is themed around Hollywood classic movies and popular TV entertainment.
Opened on April 22, 1998, “Disney’s Animal Kingdom” is Disney World’s fourth theme park. It is the largest Disney theme park in the world, covering more than 500 acres. It’s the first Disney theme park to be themed entirely around animal conservation, a philosophy once pioneered by Walt Disney himself.
In addition to the four main theme parks, the resort operates two water parks “Typhoon Lagoon” and “Blizzard Beach”, six golf courses, a sports complex, an auto race track, twenty resort hotels and numerous shopping, dining, and entertainment offerings. “Downtown Disney” is an outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment area that features “Pleasure Island”, a nighttime entertainment complex.
Disney World is so large that it even has its own fire department. The 20,000 acre property is considered the largest theme park resort in the world.
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
- From I-95 points north – Take I-95 south (Florida) to I-4, then I-4 west to exit 65, then follow the signs to Disneyworld.
- From I-95 points south – Take I-95 north (Florida) to I-4, then I-4 west to exit 65, then follow the signs to Disneyworld.