Walt Disney World Resort
Over 27,258 acres make up Walt Disney World Resort. Within it, you will find 27 themed resort hotels, 9 non–Disney hotels, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, golf courses, a camping resort, and several of entertainment venues.
Nevertheless, the featured points of interest at Walt Disney World are its four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, which has it’s own unique attraction.
Spanning 107 acres, since 1971 it has offered guests the opportunity to explore six themed areas that focus on what is the classic Disney experience:
Main Street, Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.
Popular attractions at the park include It’s a Small World, Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain, The Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Jungle Cruise.
Magic Kingdom was the first theme park to open and, since 1971, it has changed by leaps and bounds mostly due to the incredible changes in today’s modern technology. The core concept of the theme park is still the same however, and it is still represented by Cinderella Castle, inspired by the fairy tale castle seen in the 1950 film.
Epcot was the next theme park to follow in 1982. It is the sixth most visited theme park in the world and is represented by Spaceship Earth, a geodesic sphere which is an attraction in and of itself.
Epcot is divided into two main themed areas: Future World and World Showcase.
Future World is made up of buildings that delve into advanced applications in technology and science, with each building then offering individual attractions. In addition, Future World is the park’s main entrance.
World Showcase is an area comparable to a permanent world’s fair having 11 buildings, with each building representing a specific country.
3-Disney’s Hollywood Studios
This area came next in 1989 and it was designed to focus on the magical side of Hollywood. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is divided into six themed areas:
Hollywood Boulevard, named after the street in Los Angeles and serves as the park’s main entrance.
Echo Lake, named after the real location of a similar name, it includes three major attractions based on characters and films that were created by George Lucas. Muppets Courtyard is themed to The Muppets franchise. Pixar Place is dedicated to films and characters created by Pixar Animation Studios. Animation Courtyard is next. This attraction is based on films which Disney Animation Studios created. A square “studio arch” marks the entrance. And finally Sunset Boulevard, which is inspired by a real location, opened in July 1994. The center point of Sunset Boulevard is the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. This thrill ride was based on Rod Serling’s epic CBS television series.
4-Disney’s Animal Kingdom
This is a zoological theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort opened in 1998. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is divided into six themed areas. The main entrance to the park is The Oasis, with the principal paths leading deeper into the park, and to Discovery Island.
1-Discovery Island is in the center of the Discovery River waterway and located at the center of the park. It is the central point which connects the other areas of the park.
2-Africa, set in Harambe, the fictional African port village. This is one of the original areas of the park where you will see animal exhibits. This village is the namesake of the Harambe Wildlife Preserve.
3-Rafiki’s Planet Watch, here guests can take a train ride where they can see cotton-top tamarins and how to protect these endangered primates in their own homes. You’ll get a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes into Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s animal care facilities. Outside there is a petting zoo with sheep, goats, and other domestic animals.
4-Asia opened in 1999. It was the first expansion added to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and is set in Anandapur, a fictional kingdom. Expedition Everest is the center point of Asia.This is a roller coaster that travels through the Mountain of the Himalayas. Kali River Rapids is nearby, and it takes you along the Chakranadi River through a rainforest, past an illegal logging operation and down a waterfall.
5-DinoLand U.S.A. has a theme of dinosaurs and extinct prehistoric life. The area is strengthened by the Dino Institute, a fake palaeontological facility which is home to a dark thrill ride featuring a harrowing trip through time to the Late Cretaceous Period.
6-Future is the collaboration between Disney and filmmaker James Cameron. Construction began on January 10, 2014, with the land scheduled to open on May 27, 2017. At the 2015 D23 Expo, Disney confirmed two attractions for the area: a flying augmented reality simulator attraction where guests will learn to fly with a mountain banshee, and a boat ride attraction featuring the native fauna and flora of Pandora.
Walt Disney World in Orlando is intended to complement Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Disneyland opened in 1955 and was developed by Walt Disney in the 1960s.
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