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The '''Walt Disney World Resort''' [http://www.disneyworld.com] (commonly known as ''Disney World'' or ''Disneyworld''), located in Lake Buena Vista, [[Florida]], near [[Orlando]], is the flagship of Disney's worldwide theme park empire.  
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The '''Walt Disney World Resort''' [http://www.disneyworld.com] located in Lake Buena Vista, [[Florida]], near [[Orlando]], is the flagship of Disney's worldwide theme park empire. It is by far the most visited theme park resort in the world.
 
   
 
   
Walt Disney World is split into four separate parks, two water parks, an entertainment district, and numerous resort hotels.
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Walt Disney World is made up of four separate theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom), two water parks (Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach), two entertainment districts (Downtown Disney and Disney Boardwalk), and numerous resort hotels.
==About the Park==
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===Magic Kingdom===
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{{infobox|"Walt Disney World is a tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney, and to the talents, the dedication, and the loyalty of the entire Disney organization that made Walt Disney's dream come true. <br><br> May Walt Disney World bring joy and inspiration and new knowledge to all who come to this happy place, a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn - together."|Roy Disney, 1 October 1971}}
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{{infobox|An ode to Walt|Walt Disney (1901-1966) never got to see Disney World; he died five years before it opened. As seen in his dedication speech above, Roy Disney officially lengthened Disney World's name to '''Walt''' Disney World as a way of emphasizing that it was his brother's dream.}}
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The Magic Kingdom is the main park, based on the original Disneyland in Anaheim, California. It is organized around the central landmark of Cinderella Castle. It has various 'lands' within it and is more oriented toward children, although many adults love the escapism as well. This is the first park opened in the Florida complex and also the most heavily attended and geared towards children, although most enjoyable for adults as well. Adult visitors who do not enjoy rides such as "it's a small world" where you sit in vehicles that take you in a circle through a tunnel, and listen to childlike delight and screams, may want to visit Epcot or Hollywood Studios instead. Though the process of getting ride tickets enabling visitors to board a ride at a specific time (called "FastPass" - see the infobox below) works well, this process is not available for all attractions, and lines there can be endless but always keep moving.  Food is expensive, and Disney merchandise is reasonable considering where you are. Plan accordingly for a trip and expect to spend at least $100.00 per person for a visit, but most would agree that the lines, the crowds, and the prices are worth it for the magical Disney experience that makes all adults 'children', if even for the day.
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====Wheelchairs and strollers====
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'''Wheelchairs and strollers''' are readily available to rent at the entrance to each park, and it is suggested that anyone who has a problem either standing too long, or if walking on the hot pavement makes your feet ache, rent one. They have wheelchairs that need to be pushed, as well as electric ones that you can maneuver yourself.
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====Restrooms====
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==Understand==
There is an abundance of readily accessed '''restrooms''' every where you look throughout the parks. They are clean, and have automatic flush. Emergency stations are also easily located, if such a need occurs.
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{{infobox|An ode to Walt|Walt Disney (1901-1966) never got to see Disney World; he died five years before it opened. As seen in his dedication speech below, Roy Disney officially lengthened Disney World's name to '''Walt''' Disney World as a way of emphasizing that it was his brother's dream.<br/><br/>''"Walt Disney World is a tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney, and to the talents, the dedication, and the loyalty of the entire Disney organization that made Walt Disney's dream come true.<br/>May Walt Disney World bring joy and inspiration and new knowledge to all who come to this happy place, a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn - together."'' <small> -- Roy Disney, 1 October 1971</small>}}
  
===Epcot===
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The Walt Disney World Resort is divided into many different parts. The '''Magic Kingdom''' is the first and main park of the complex, based off of the original Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Magic Kingdom has various 'lands' organized around the central landmark of Cinderella's Castle, and while it is more oriented toward children, many adults will love the escapism as well. '''Epcot''', the second theme park, is an "educational park" dedicated to international culture and technological innovation with two distinct areas, "Future World" and "World Showcase". The third theme park is '''Disney's Hollywood Studios''', which is themed around 20th-century movies and television, with a variety of live shows and attractions based on some of the most iconic films from that era. Finally, '''Disney's Animal Kingdom''' is a wildlife park, something of a mix between a zoo and a theme park with both naturalistic animal exhibitions and typical Disney rides.
{{infobox|The city of the future|The name Epcot is an acronym for ''Experimental Prototype Community Of Tommorrow.'' Walt Disney originally intended Epcot to be a working city for the future. The original architectural model can be viewed on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority in the Magic Kingdom. While today that concept might seem a bit far-fetched, today's Epcot is dedicated to creating the brighter tommorrow that Walt envisioned.}}
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Epcot is an "educational park." It is divided into two distinct areas, "Future World" and "World Showcase". World Showcase is structured to showcase various international locations, especially in terms of food and/or trade goods. Don't miss the impossibly cheesy but fun Mexico ride along with the extravagant ''Maelstrom'' ride in the Norway pavilion. Future World is comprised of various 'futuristic' attractions, many sponsored by various industrial concerns. The Test Track, a recent addition in which visitors go through the motions of tests for new cars, is a probably the most fun, and the most traditionally theme-park. Recently, Epcot has added Soarin', an adventure where visitors handglide through many landscapes, and Mission Space.  Epcot may appeal more to adult visitors, but the park has made efforts to appeal to the entire family in recent years with the addition of more character greetings and "Kidcot" funstops which encourage the children to work on a craft and interact with the cast members who are representing their home countries.
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===Disney's Hollywood Studios===
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Walt Disney World also has two water parks: '''Typhoon Lagoon''' and the newer '''Blizzard Beach'''. In addition, there are also a couple of entertainment districts, '''Disney Boardwalk''', a small collection of restaurants and nightlife spots, and '''Downtown Disney''', a shopping mall and entertainment district with many headliner restaurants, an indoor arcade, a movie theater complex, and a nightclub district.
Disney's Hollywood Studios (formerly Disney-MGM Studios) opened in May 1989 and joined Magic Kingdom and EPCOT as the third theme park of Walt Disney World. The park is themed around 20th-century movies and television, and features a variety of live shows and attractions based on some of the most iconic films from that era.  Among the attractions are a few exceptional thrill rides, most notably The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (a 13-story-high vertical drop) and the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster (a horizontal launch, 0-60 in 2.8 seconds).  The latest addition to the park is an automobile stunt show called "Lights, Motors, Action".
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====Toy Story Midway Mania====
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==Get in==
A new attraction, "Toy Story Midway Mania," is scheduled to open in 2008. Disney has said it will be a 3D virtual game where guests will ride in moving cars and play midway-style arcade games complete with moving targets and special effects, with the goal of outranking other riders' high scores.
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===Park admission===
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Visiting Walt Disney World is a very expensive affair. Tickets are sold at several levels: the '''Magic Your Way''' base tickets cover the cost of visiting one theme park a day for each day of the ticket. On top of this, you can add the '''Park Hopper''' option, which allows you to go through multiple theme parks on the same day as many times as you like. You can also add the '''Water Park Fun & More''' option, which grants admission to the two Disney water parks as well as other attractions. The prices below were accurate as of March 2008:
  
===Disney's Animal Kingdom===
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Animal Kingdom, a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, is a wildlife discovery park. It's a mix between a zoo and a theme park. Naturalistic animal exhibitions are interspersed, and sometimes integrated, with typical Disney rides. Among these are a jeep safari past live animal enclosures, a raft ride through the deforestation of a tropical rainforest, a time travel ride which includes close encounters with dinosaurs and the newest ride, "Expedition Everest", which is a roller coaster ride and includes an encounter with the Yeti. While light on rides, there are also shows and plenty of animals to view (though the variety of species seems a bit sparse when compared to many larger city zoos). Animal Kingdom is more of a kid friendly theme park with many animals that would attract the attention of younger generations as well as Camp Minnie-Mickey, a special space for youngsters where they can meet all of their favorite characters.
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* Magic Your Way one-day admission: $60 (ages 3-9), $71 (ages 10+).
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**Park Hopper: + $45, Water Park Fun & More: + $50
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* Magic Your Way two-day admission: $58.50/day (ages 3-9), $69.50/day (ages 10+).
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**Park Hopper: + $22.50/day, Water Park Fun & More: + $25/day
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* Magic Your Way three-day admission: $57/day (ages 3-9), $67.67/day (ages 10+).
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**Park Hopper: + $15/day, Water Park Fun & More: + $16.67/day
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* Magic Your Way four-day admission: $44.50/day (ages 3-9), $53/day (ages 10+).
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**Park Hopper: + $11.25/day, Water Park Fun & More: + $12.50/day
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* Magic Your Way five-day admission: $35.80/day (ages 3-9), $43/day (ages 10+).
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**Park Hopper: + $9/day, Water Park Fun & More: + $10/day
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* Magic Your Way six-day admission: $30.17/day (ages 3-9), $36.17/day (ages 10+).
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**Park Hopper: + $7.50/day, Water Park Fun & More: + $8.33/day
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* Magic Your Way seven-day admission: $26/day (ages 3-9), $31.29/day (ages 10+).
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**Park Hopper: + $6.43/day, Water Park Fun & More: + $7.14/day
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* Magic Your Way eight-day admission: $23.13/day (ages 3-9), $27.63/day (ages 10+).
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**Park Hopper: + $5.63/day, Water Park Fun & More: + $6.25/day
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* Magic Your Way nine-day admission: $20.67/day (ages 3-9), $24.78/day (ages 10+).
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**Park Hopper: + $5/day, Water Park Fun & More: + $5.56/day
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* Magic Your Way ten-day admission: $18.70/day (ages 3-9), $22.50/day (ages 10+).
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**Park Hopper: + $4.50/day, Water Park Fun & More: + $5.00/day
  
'''Note:''' Under AZA animal safety policy, Animal Kingdom's restaurants do not provide lids for drinks. However, paper straws are now available. Also note that under that same policy, balloons are not sold in Animal Kingdom and may not be brought in from the other three parks.
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Florida residents who provide proof of residence get a discount of varying degree, but can't purchase beyond a 7-day ticket (meaning that Florida residents who ask for the discount can't purchase 8, 9, and 10 day tickets).
  
===Typhoon Lagoon===
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Parking for any of the four theme park lots is $11 for Car/Taxi/Shuttle/Limousine/Motorcycle, $12 for Camper/Trailer, $15 for Bus/Tractor Trailer, and free for Disney Vacation Club guests with a valid resort-issued parking ticket. Parking at the two water parks or Downtown Disney is free. Valet parking is available at the Splurge resorts (see below under Sleep) for $10/day.
A water park with a giant surf wave pool, numerous slides, a snorkeling lagoon, and a tropical beach theme. The snorkeling lagoon includes living sharks, so while not for the faint of heart, it's an unforgettable experience. Typhoon Lagoon's great fun, especially for those with kids, but be warned: if you only use sunscreen once in Florida, this is the place to do it.  
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===Blizzard Beach===
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Many attractions are so popular that lines could last up to two hours. If you don't want to wait that long, you can take advantage of the free service known as '''FastPass'''. Simply insert your park ticket into the machine, and you'll get a FastPass ticket with a time stamped on it, at which you may enter the attraction with little or no wait.
A newer water park with bigger thrill slides, a smaller bobbing wave pool, and an improved kiddie area than it's older cousin, Typhoon Lagoon.  The theme here is a Florida ski resort meltdown.
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===Downtown Disney===
 
A shopping mall and entertainment district with headliner restaurants such as '''House of Blues''', '''Rainforest Cafe''', '''Wolfgang Puck Cafe''', '''Ghiradelli Chocolate Shop and Soda Fountain''', and even '''McDonald's''' among others. Don't forget to visit the '''DisneyQuest''' indoor arcade with an array of Disney themed video games along with classical arcade games, and so much more! In addition to restaurants and shopping are a movie theater complex and a nightclub district. The prices are standard for Disney - high - but it's a great place to wind down from the theme parks.
 
 
==Get in==
 
 
===By plane===
 
===By plane===
{{infobox|Mickey and Co.|When booking air travel online, you may be asked to provide an airport's three-letter IATA code. The best way to remember the code for Orlando International Airport is to think that MCO stands for "'''M'''ickey and '''CO'''mpany". (It actually stands for the airport's original name, McCoy Air Force Base.)}}
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Most visitors fly into '''Orlando International Airport''' ({{IATA|MCO}}) [http://www.orlandoairports.net/main.htm]. It is served by nearly all major US airlines and a wide range of international carriers. From there, you can rent a car, take a taxi, order a limo or towncar, or take Disney's Magical Express [http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dwm/services/detail?name=DMEAttendeesDetailPage]: a free bus service from the airport to the WDW hotels (prior reservations required, call 1-407-WDISNEY). Bear in mind that when booking air travel online, you may be asked to provide an airport's three-letter IATA code. Perhaps the best way to remember the code for Orlando International Airport is to think that MCO stands for "'''M'''ickey and '''CO'''mpany" (it actually stands for the airport's original name, McCoy Air Force Base).
====Orlando International Airport====
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Most visitors fly into '''Orlando International Airport''' ({{IATA|MCO}}) [http://www.orlandoairports.net/main.htm]. It is served by nearly all major US airlines and a wide range of international carriers. From there, you can rent a car, take a taxi, order a limo or towncar, or take Disney's Magical Express [http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dwm/services/detail?name=DMEAttendeesDetailPage]: a free bus service from the airport to the WDW hotels (prior reservations required, call 1-407-WDISNEY).
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====Orlando-Sanford International Airport====
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'''Orlando-Sanford International Airport''' ({{IATA|SFB}}) [http://www.orlandosanfordairport.com/], which is farther away from Walt Disney World than is Orlando International, serves several flights from the United Kingdom, including those from Belfast in Northern Ireland. If you are flying '''[http://www.allegiantair.com Allegiant Air]''' from within the US or '''[http://www.icelandair.com/ Icelandair]''' from Iceland, you ''will'' land here. The Disney's Magical Express service is '''not''' available from this airport.
Several flights from the United Kingdom, including those from Belfast in Northern Ireland, land at '''Orlando-Sanford International Airport''' ({{IATA|SFB}}) [http://www.orlandosanfordairport.com/] which is farther away from Walt Disney World than is Orlando International. If you are flying '''[http://www.allegiantair.com Allegiant Air]''' from within the US or '''[http://www.icelandair.com/ Icelandair]''' from Iceland, you ''will'' land here. The Disney's Magical Express service is '''not''' available from this airport.
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===By car===
 
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===By train===
 
===By train===
Amtrak's Silver Star and Silver Meteor serve Orlando, and the Auto Train serves nearby Sanford. The eastern Sunset Limited service between New Orleans and Orlando is currently suspended indefinitely due to track damage from Hurricane Katrina.
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'''Amtrak's''' [http://www.amtrak.com/] ''Silver Star'' and ''Silver Meteor'' [http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Amtrak/am2Route/Vertical_Route_Page&c=am2Route&cid=1081442674074&ssid=136] Miami - New York City routes serve Orlando, while the ''Auto Train'' [http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Amtrak/am2Route/Vertical_Route_Page&c=am2Route&cid=1081256321200&ssid=136] which can carry both passengers and automobiles serves nearby Sanford.
  
 
===By bus===
 
===By bus===
 
'''Greyhound''' [http://www.greyhound.com/home/] The Orlando terminal is located at 555 North John Young Parkway. Its phone number is 407-292-3424.
 
'''Greyhound''' [http://www.greyhound.com/home/] The Orlando terminal is located at 555 North John Young Parkway. Its phone number is 407-292-3424.
  
'''LYNX''' - Public transportation by Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority. [http://www.golynx.com/] With the main hub centered on [[Orlando]], bus service provided in Osceola, Orange, and Seminole Counties. Some buses link to neighboring counties. Service to and from Disney World is available.
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'''LYNX''' - Public transportation by Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority. [http://www.golynx.com/] With the main hub centered on [[Orlando]], bus service provided in Osceola, Orange, and Seminole Counties. Some buses link to neighboring counties. Service to and from Walt Disney World is available.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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[[Image:Disneyworld overview map.png|thumb|300px|Walt Disney World Resort overview map]]
 
Getting around Walt Disney World is easy. You may walk, drive, or ride public transit (in this case, buses, monorails, or ferryboats). In most cases, the service is direct and non-stop. All Walt Disney World transit vehicles are wheelchair-accessible, pursuant to state law and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
 
Getting around Walt Disney World is easy. You may walk, drive, or ride public transit (in this case, buses, monorails, or ferryboats). In most cases, the service is direct and non-stop. All Walt Disney World transit vehicles are wheelchair-accessible, pursuant to state law and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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===By foot===
 
===By foot===
In some places, walking is the most convenient way to travel from one area to another. Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and the three resorts in between (Swan & Dolphin, Yacht & Beach Clubs, and Boardwalk) are connected by walkways, as is Downtown Disney to Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort.
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In some places, walking is the most convenient way to travel from one area to another. Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and the three resorts in between (Swan & Dolphin, Yacht & Beach Clubs, and Boardwalk) are connected by walkways, as is Downtown Disney to Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort. If you are staying at Disney's Contemporary Resort, you will find it quicker to walk to the Magic Kingdom than to take the ferry or monorail.
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Wheelchairs and strollers are readily available to rent at the entrance to each park, and it is suggested if you have a problem standing too long, or if walking on the hot pavement makes your feet ache, rent one. They have wheelchairs that need to be pushed, as well as electric ones that you can maneuver yourself.
  
 
===By bus===
 
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===By train (monorail)===
 
===By train (monorail)===
 
 
The monorail service is limited and only goes to certain areas, all originating from the Transportation and Ticket Center. There are three monorail lines:
 
The monorail service is limited and only goes to certain areas, all originating from the Transportation and Ticket Center. There are three monorail lines:
 
*Magic Kingdom / Transportation and Ticket Center. This is the only way to enter the Magic Kingdom besides the ferry or WDW bus service.
 
*Magic Kingdom / Transportation and Ticket Center. This is the only way to enter the Magic Kingdom besides the ferry or WDW bus service.
*Magic Kingdom Resort Hotels / Transportation and Ticket Center. This line runs parallel to the loop of the direct Magic Kingdom line, but stops at all the resorts it passes. They are (in order) the Contemporary, Magic Kingdom Park, Grand Floridian, and the Polynesian.
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*Magic Kingdom Resort Hotels / Transportation and Ticket Center. This line runs parallel to the loop of the direct Magic Kingdom line, but stops at all the resorts it passes. The stops are, in order: Transportation and Ticket Center, Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Magic Kingdom, and Contemporary.
*EPCOT / Transportation and Ticket Center. When entering EPCOT this way, the monorail makes a nice loop in the park, giving a great aerial view of Futureworld and the World Showcase.
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*Epcot / Transportation and Ticket Center. When entering Epcot this way, the monorail makes a nice loop in the park, giving a great aerial view of Futureworld and the World Showcase.
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If you are going to Epcot from the Polynesian Resort, it is recommended that you walk to the Transportation and Ticket Center to get to the Epcot monorail, instead of taking the MK Resorts monorail completely through the loop.
  
 
===By boat===
 
===By boat===
 
Walt Disney World also has several waterways which are serviced by ferryboats.
 
Walt Disney World also has several waterways which are serviced by ferryboats.
*Magic Kingdom: service to the Contemporary, Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Fort Wilderness Campground, and Wilderness Lodge.  
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*From the Magic Kingdom, service is to the Contemporary, Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Fort Wilderness Campground, and Wilderness Lodge.  
*Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios: service to the Swan/Dolphin, Yacht/Beach Club, and Boardwalk.  
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*From Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, service is to the Swan/Dolphin, Yacht/Beach Club, and Boardwalk.  
*Downtown Disney: service to Port Orleans, Saratoga Springs, and Old Key West resorts.  
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*From Downtown Disney, service is to the Port Orleans, Saratoga Springs, and Old Key West Resorts.
  
 
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Getting around Walt Disney World by car is not much of a problem. All you need to do is follow the purple directional signs with black Mickey Mouse ears to your destination. Your WDW resort will also provide a map of the complex.
 
Getting around Walt Disney World by car is not much of a problem. All you need to do is follow the purple directional signs with black Mickey Mouse ears to your destination. Your WDW resort will also provide a map of the complex.
  
==Attractions==
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==See and Do==
 
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{{infobox|FastPass|Many attractions are so popular that lines could last up to two hours. If you don't want to wait that long, you can take advantage of the free service known as FastPass. Simply insert your park ticket into the machine, and you'll get a FastPass ticket with a time stamped on it, at which you may enter the attraction with little or no wait.}}
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===Magic Kingdom===
 
===Magic Kingdom===
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[[Image:Disneyworld castle.JPG|thumb|250px|Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom]]
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The Magic Kingdom is the main park, based on the original Disneyland in Anaheim, California. It is organized around the central landmark of Cinderella Castle. It has various 'lands' within it and is more oriented toward children, although many adults love the escapism as well. This is the first park opened in the Florida complex and also the most heavily attended and geared towards children, although most enjoyable for adults as well. Adult visitors who do not enjoy rides such as "it's a small world" where you sit in vehicles that take you in a circle through a tunnel, and listen to childlike delight and screams, may want to visit Epcot or Hollywood Studios instead. Though the process of getting ride tickets enabling visitors to board a ride at a specific time (called "FastPass" - see "Get In" above) works well, this process is not available for all attractions, and lines there can be endless but always keep moving.  Food is expensive, and Disney merchandise is reasonable considering where you are. Plan accordingly for a trip and expect to spend at least $100.00 per person for a visit, but most would agree that the lines, the crowds, and the prices are worth it for the magical Disney experience that makes all adults 'children', if even for the day.
  
 
'''Address:''' World Dr. & West Buena Vista Dr., Orlando, FL 32830<BR>
 
'''Address:''' World Dr. & West Buena Vista Dr., Orlando, FL 32830<BR>
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===Epcot===
 
===Epcot===
 
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{{infobox|The city of the future|The name Epcot is an acronym for ''Experimental Prototype Community Of Tommorrow.'' Walt Disney originally intended Epcot to be a working city for the future. The original architectural model can be viewed on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority in the Magic Kingdom. While today that concept might seem a bit far-fetched, today's Epcot is dedicated to creating the brighter tomorrow that Walt envisioned.}}
{{infobox|Spaceship Earth|The icon of Epcot is Spaceship Earth, a 180-foot geodesic sphere. Both the name and the building were influenced by the work of Richard Buckminster Fuller, though he was not credited for it. The name comes from Fuller's book ''Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth''. The building is usually compared to the Montreal Biosphere (the former United States pavilion from Expo 67) in Canada, which Fuller designed himself, but in fact the two are not stucturally similar - Spaceship Earth is a complete sphere supported on legs, while the Montreal Biosphere is three quarters of a sphere.}}
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{{infobox|Spaceship Earth|[[Image:Spaceship Earth.jpg|right|200px]]The icon of Epcot is Spaceship Earth, a 180-foot geodesic sphere. Both the name and the building were influenced by the work of Richard Buckminster Fuller, though he was not credited for it. The name comes from Fuller's book ''Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth''. The building is usually compared to the Montreal Biosphere (the former United States pavilion from Expo 67) in Canada, which Fuller designed himself, but in fact the two are not structurally similar - Spaceship Earth is a complete sphere supported on legs, while the Montreal Biosphere is three quarters of a sphere.}}
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Epcot is an "educational park."  It is divided into two distinct areas, "Future World" and "World Showcase". World Showcase is structured to showcase various international locations, especially in terms of food and/or trade goods. Don't miss the impossibly cheesy but fun Mexico ride along with the extravagant ''Maelstrom'' ride in the Norway pavilion. Future World is comprised of various 'futuristic' attractions, many sponsored by various industrial concerns. The Test Track, a recent addition in which visitors go through the motions of tests for new cars, is a probably the most fun, and the most traditionally theme-park. Recently, Epcot has added Soarin', an adventure where visitors handglide through many landscapes, and Mission Space.  Epcot may appeal more to adult visitors, but the park has made efforts to appeal to the entire family in recent years with the addition of more character greetings and "Kidcot" funstops which encourage the children to work on a craft and interact with the cast members who are representing their home countries.
  
 
'''Future World'''
 
'''Future World'''
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* The Seas with Nemo and Friends (An AZA-member aquarium, with a ride that shows underwater scenes using technology to show characters from "Finding Nemo" with real fish.)
 
* The Seas with Nemo and Friends (An AZA-member aquarium, with a ride that shows underwater scenes using technology to show characters from "Finding Nemo" with real fish.)
 
* Innoventions (a hands-on exhibition featuring the latest in technology and how it's finding its way into every aspect of our lives)
 
* Innoventions (a hands-on exhibition featuring the latest in technology and how it's finding its way into every aspect of our lives)
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{{infobox|I can show you the world|Some of your favorite Disney characters can be met at their respective home countries represented in World Showcase:<br>
 
{{infobox|I can show you the world|Some of your favorite Disney characters can be met at their respective home countries represented in World Showcase:<br>
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Mexico: The Three Caballeros<br>
 
Mexico: The Three Caballeros<br>
 
Italy: Pinocchio}}
 
Italy: Pinocchio}}
 
 
'''World Showcase''' is the back area of the park with different pavilions representing countries from around the world, all themed with architecture, food, drink and culture to match.  All pavilions, except the United States, have a table service restaurant and most also have a counter service restaurant.  The countries included are:  
 
'''World Showcase''' is the back area of the park with different pavilions representing countries from around the world, all themed with architecture, food, drink and culture to match.  All pavilions, except the United States, have a table service restaurant and most also have a counter service restaurant.  The countries included are:  
  
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'''Illuminations: Reflections of Earth''' At park closing, enjoy this extravagant display of fireworks, lasers, fountains and electric lighting over World Showcase Lagoon.
 
'''Illuminations: Reflections of Earth''' At park closing, enjoy this extravagant display of fireworks, lasers, fountains and electric lighting over World Showcase Lagoon.
  
===Disney's Animal Kingdom Park===
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===Disney's Hollywood Studios===
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Disney's Hollywood Studios (formerly Disney-MGM Studios) opened in May 1989 and joined Magic Kingdom and EPCOT as the third theme park of Walt Disney World. The park is themed around 20th-century movies and television, and features a variety of live shows and attractions based on some of the most iconic films from that era.  Among the attractions are a few exceptional thrill rides, most notably The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (a 13-story-high vertical drop) and the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster (a horizontal launch, 0-60 in 2.8 seconds).  The latest addition to the park is an automobile stunt show called "Lights, Motors, Action".
  
Organized in a Magic Kingdom like format, with different continents revolving around the central Tree of Life.  
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* The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (13-flight free fall based on The Twilight Zone)
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* Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (WDW's only roller coaster with loops, synched to the music of Aerosmith!)
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* Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular (Live action stunt show recreating some of the best scenes from 'Raiders of the Lost Ark')
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* Jim Henson's Muppet Vision 3D (3D movie featuring the Muppet characters) shown in a "special" auditorium
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* Star Tours (The only official Star Wars ride takes you into battle with the Death Star)
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* Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show (The most popular show in Disneyland Resort Paris is now at Hollywood Studios. Features some amazing live action stunt driving)
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* Backlot Studios Tour (Tram tour of old Disney movie props, as well as the infamous Catastrophe Canyon)
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* The Great Movie Ride (Slow moving ride through scenes of some of the greatest movies recreated using Audio-Animatronics, such as Alien, The Wizard of Oz, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Mary Poppins.)
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* Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure (Huge play area that makes you feel like you're a quarter of an inch tall)
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* Fantasmic! (Live action presentation with incredible lighting effects, shown at park closing)
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====Toy Story Midway Mania====
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A new attraction, "Toy Story Midway Mania," is scheduled to open in 2008.  Disney has said it will be a 3D virtual game where guests will ride in moving cars and play midway-style arcade games complete with moving targets and special effects, with the goal of outranking other riders' high scores.
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===Disney's Animal Kingdom===
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[[Image:Animal Kingdom Tree of Life.jpg|thumb|250px|Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom]]
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Animal Kingdom, a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, is a wildlife discovery park, organized in a Magic Kingdom like format, with different continents revolving around the central Tree of Life. It's a mix between a zoo and a theme park. Naturalistic animal exhibitions are interspersed, and sometimes integrated, with typical Disney rides.  Among these are a jeep safari past live animal enclosures, a raft ride through the deforestation of a tropical rainforest, a time travel ride which includes close encounters with dinosaurs and the newest ride, "Expedition Everest", which is a roller coaster ride and includes an encounter with the Yeti.  While light on rides, there are also shows and plenty of animals to view (though the variety of species seems a bit sparse when compared to many larger city zoos).  Animal Kingdom is more of a kid friendly theme park with many animals that would attract the attention of younger generations as well as Camp Minnie-Mickey, a special space for youngsters where they can meet all of their favorite characters.
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'''Note:''' Under AZA animal safety policy, Animal Kingdom's restaurants do not provide lids for drinks. However, paper straws are now available. Also note that under that same policy, balloons are not sold in Animal Kingdom and may not be brought in from the other three parks.
  
 
* Kilimanjaro Safari (Safari jeep ride through the African plains, featuring vast assortment of wildlife. Great for photos)
 
* Kilimanjaro Safari (Safari jeep ride through the African plains, featuring vast assortment of wildlife. Great for photos)
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* It's Tough to be a Bug! (Interactive 3-D show feature Flick and the other characters from 'A Bug's Life.')
 
* It's Tough to be a Bug! (Interactive 3-D show feature Flick and the other characters from 'A Bug's Life.')
 
* Festival of the Lion King (Acrobatic theatre-of-the-round feature Simba, Timone, and Pumba.)
 
* Festival of the Lion King (Acrobatic theatre-of-the-round feature Simba, Timone, and Pumba.)
 
===Disney's Hollywood Studios===
 
 
* The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (13-flight free fall based on The Twilight Zone)
 
* Rock 'n' Roller Coaster (WDW's only roller coaster with loops. Features Aerosmith)
 
* Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular (Live action stunt show recreating some of the best scenes from 'Raiders of the Lost Ark')
 
* Jim Henson's Muppet Vision 3D (3D movie featuring the Muppet characters) shown in a "special" auditorium
 
* Star Tours (The only official Star Wars ride)
 
* Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show (The most popular show in Disneyland Resort Paris is now at Hollywood Studios. Features some amazing live action stunt driving)
 
* Backlot Studios Tour (Tram tour of old Disney movie props, as well as the infamous Catastrophe Canyon)
 
* The Great Movie Ride (Slow moving ride through scenes of some of the greatest movies recreated using Audio-Animatronics, such as Alien, The Wizard of Oz, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Marry Poppins.)
 
* Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure (Huge play area that makes you feel like you're a quarter of an inch tall)
 
* Fantasmic! (Live action presentation with incredible lighting effects, shown at park closing)
 
  
 
===Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park===
 
===Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park===
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[[Image:Team Boat Springs.jpg|thumb|250px|Team Boat Springs, Blizzard Beach]]
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A newer water park with bigger thrill slides, a smaller bobbing wave pool, and an improved kiddie area than it's older cousin, Typhoon Lagoon.  The theme here is a Florida ski resort meltdown.
  
 
* '''Summit Plummet''' the tallest, steepest, fastest water slide in the world. 120 feet high causing those who dare to plummet at over 55 mph straight down at an 85 degree angle
 
* '''Summit Plummet''' the tallest, steepest, fastest water slide in the world. 120 feet high causing those who dare to plummet at over 55 mph straight down at an 85 degree angle
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===Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park===
 
===Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park===
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A water park with a giant surf wave pool, numerous slides, a snorkeling lagoon, and a tropical beach theme. The snorkeling lagoon includes living sharks, so while not for the faint of heart, it's an unforgettable experience. Typhoon Lagoon's great fun, especially for those with kids, but be warned: if you only use sunscreen once in Florida, this is the place to do it.
  
 
* Featuring '''Surf Pool''', one of the world's largest wave pools with some of the largest artificially created waves
 
* Featuring '''Surf Pool''', one of the world's largest wave pools with some of the largest artificially created waves
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* Hollywood Studios
 
* Hollywood Studios
 
** 50's Prime Time Cafe - Dine in a kitchen inspired by classic 50's sitcoms.
 
** 50's Prime Time Cafe - Dine in a kitchen inspired by classic 50's sitcoms.
** Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater - Watch classic Sci-Fi movies from your "car"
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** Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater - Watch classic Sci-Fi movies from your "car" in a re-created 1950s drive-in movie theatre.
 
* Animal Kingdom
 
* Animal Kingdom
 
** Rainforest Cafe - Animatronic animals, thunderstorms, and good food
 
** Rainforest Cafe - Animatronic animals, thunderstorms, and good food
** Restaurantosaurus- character dining for breakfast and fast food meals throughout the day
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** Restaurantosaurus - character dining for breakfast and fast food meals throughout the day
 
* Fort Wilderness Campground
 
* Fort Wilderness Campground
 
** Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue - Western themed dinner theater
 
** Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue - Western themed dinner theater
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** Disney's Spirit of Aloha Show - South Pacific Luau themed dinner theater
 
** Disney's Spirit of Aloha Show - South Pacific Luau themed dinner theater
 
*Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort
 
*Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort
**Boma- Flavors of Africa- authentic African cuisine served buffet style.
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**Boma- Flavors of Africa - authentic African cuisine served buffet style.
 
**Mara- Cafeteria Style eats with American cuisine served hot and fresh.
 
**Mara- Cafeteria Style eats with American cuisine served hot and fresh.
 
*Epcot
 
*Epcot
**Coral Reef Restaurant-eat in view of a giant aquarium in Epcot's Living Seas Pavilion.
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**Coral Reef Restaurant - eat in view of the main aquarium of The Seas with Nemo and Friends.
**Teppanyaki-Japanese Chefs prepare your very tasty meal in front of you. Great food and nice atmosphere. Lunch offers an extensive menu at a slightly lower price than dinner. Epcot's Japan Pavilion.
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**Teppanyaki - Japanese chefs prepare your very tasty meal in front of you in the Japan pavilion. Great food and nice atmosphere. Lunch offers an extensive menu at a slightly lower price than dinner.
 
*Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
 
*Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
 
**Victoria & Alberts - Undeniably the best restaurant on Disney property. Victoria & Alberts is a AAA Five-Diamond rated restaurant, the only one in central Florida. Designed for a more intimate dining experience; meaning leave the children at one of the many popular child activity centers and have a night out just for the adults.  A menu designed specifically for the party and impeccable service.  Wine pairing is also an option.
 
**Victoria & Alberts - Undeniably the best restaurant on Disney property. Victoria & Alberts is a AAA Five-Diamond rated restaurant, the only one in central Florida. Designed for a more intimate dining experience; meaning leave the children at one of the many popular child activity centers and have a night out just for the adults.  A menu designed specifically for the party and impeccable service.  Wine pairing is also an option.
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*Disney's Port Orleans Resort
 
*Disney's Port Orleans Resort
 
**Boatwright's Dining Hall- American/Southern fare such as ribs, chicken, steaks etc. Great for families and or groups of adults, as the large restaurant is big enough to absorb a lot of noise. Moderate prices, especially for Disney.
 
**Boatwright's Dining Hall- American/Southern fare such as ribs, chicken, steaks etc. Great for families and or groups of adults, as the large restaurant is big enough to absorb a lot of noise. Moderate prices, especially for Disney.
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*Downtown Disney
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**House of Blues
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**Rainforest Cafe
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**Wolfgang Puck Cafe
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**Ghiradelli Chocolate Shop and Soda Fountain
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**McDonald's
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
A large variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available in Disney World. Keep in mind these few things when purchasing alcoholic beverages at Disney.
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A large variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available in Walt Disney World. Keep in mind these few things when purchasing alcoholic beverages at WDW.
  
 
- The drinking age for alcohol in Disney World (and all of Florida, for that matter) is 21. Be prepared for strict enforcement of this rule; anybody caught drinking underage, even with parents, may be subject to ejection from the property and criminal prosecution.
 
- The drinking age for alcohol in Disney World (and all of Florida, for that matter) is 21. Be prepared for strict enforcement of this rule; anybody caught drinking underage, even with parents, may be subject to ejection from the property and criminal prosecution.
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In Epcot, some try "Drinking Around the World," getting alcohol in every country of the World Showcase.
 
In Epcot, some try "Drinking Around the World," getting alcohol in every country of the World Showcase.
  
For a fun, free, and sober trip "around the world" try Club Cool located near Spaceship Earth in EPCOT. They offer nearly a dozen unlimited free samples of Coke products made around the world.
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For a fun, free, and sober trip "around the world" try Club Cool located near Spaceship Earth in Epcot. They offer nearly a dozen unlimited free samples of Coke products made around the world.
  
 
Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom offer a small variety of draft beer at select dining locations.
 
Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom offer a small variety of draft beer at select dining locations.
  
==Sleep / Lodging==
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==Sleep==
===Value===
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===Budget===
 
* Disney's All-Star Movies Resort - Disney films and Disney animation
 
* Disney's All-Star Movies Resort - Disney films and Disney animation
 
* Disney's All-Star Music Resort - the magic in music
 
* Disney's All-Star Music Resort - the magic in music
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* Disney's Pop Century Resort - take a walk through the best of 20th century pop culture
 
* Disney's Pop Century Resort - take a walk through the best of 20th century pop culture
  
===Moderate===
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===Mid-range===
 
* Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside - experience the gentle feel of the mansions and towns along the lower Mississippi River. Formerly Disney's Dixie Landings Resort. Opened as a part of Disney's 20th anniversary in 1991.
 
* Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside - experience the gentle feel of the mansions and towns along the lower Mississippi River. Formerly Disney's Dixie Landings Resort. Opened as a part of Disney's 20th anniversary in 1991.
 
* Disney's Port Orleans Resort French Quarter - take a walk down Bourbon Street
 
* Disney's Port Orleans Resort French Quarter - take a walk down Bourbon Street
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* Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort - the ambiance of the tropics in one of five 'Island Villages'
 
* Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort - the ambiance of the tropics in one of five 'Island Villages'
  
===Premium===
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===Splurge===
 
* Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge - immerse yourself in a safari adventure at an African-themed lodge where you can view hundreds of exotic creatures on an African wildlife reserve
 
* Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge - immerse yourself in a safari adventure at an African-themed lodge where you can view hundreds of exotic creatures on an African wildlife reserve
 
* Disney's Beach Club Resort - let the elegant lakeside accommodations of this sand and surf motif hotel take you back to the good old days of an 1870's New England beach holiday
 
* Disney's Beach Club Resort - let the elegant lakeside accommodations of this sand and surf motif hotel take you back to the good old days of an 1870's New England beach holiday
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* Disney's Yacht Club Resort - nod to the nautical-themed hotels of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Island seashore hotels of the 1880's
 
* Disney's Yacht Club Resort - nod to the nautical-themed hotels of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Island seashore hotels of the 1880's
  
=== Disney Vacation Club Resorts ===
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===Disney Vacation Club Resorts===
  
 
* Disney's Beach Club Villas - villas inspired by mid-Atlantic seaside mansions
 
* Disney's Beach Club Villas - villas inspired by mid-Atlantic seaside mansions
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* Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - the newest Disney Vacation Club resort. Phase 1, currently open, occupies the higher floors of the current Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge structure. Phase 2 will be an entirely separate building adjacent to the Kilimanjaro area of the park.
 
* Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - the newest Disney Vacation Club resort. Phase 1, currently open, occupies the higher floors of the current Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge structure. Phase 2 will be an entirely separate building adjacent to the Kilimanjaro area of the park.
  
=== Campground ===
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===Campground===
 
* Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground - enjoy camping in an air-conditioned cabin, or stay in secluded campsites for tents and all types of RVs
 
* Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground - enjoy camping in an air-conditioned cabin, or stay in secluded campsites for tents and all types of RVs
  
=== Downtown Disney ===
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===Downtown Disney===
 
*<sleep name="Regal Sun Resort" url="http://www.regalsunresort.com" alt="Walk to Downtown Disney or take the complimentary shuttle to the other Disney Theme Parks" address="1850 Hotel Plaza Blvd" directions="" phone="+1 800-624-4109 " email="" fax=""  checkin="" checkout="" price=""></sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Regal Sun Resort" url="http://www.regalsunresort.com" alt="Walk to Downtown Disney or take the complimentary shuttle to the other Disney Theme Parks" address="1850 Hotel Plaza Blvd" directions="" phone="+1 800-624-4109 " email="" fax=""  checkin="" checkout="" price=""></sleep>
 
*Best Western
 
*Best Western
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===Off-resort Lodging===
 
===Off-resort Lodging===
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*'''Magical Memories - Orlando Vacation Rentals''', 2801 North Poinciana Blvd, Kissimmee, 34746, [http://www.magicalmemories.com], Our beautifully appointed villas, condos, and vacation homes provide nearly everything you need for an extraordinary vacation in Central Florida, from the comforts of home to first-class amenities to prime locations near the Walt Disney® World Resort Area, at a price comparable to an Orlando hotel.
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*'''Radisson Resort Orlando - Celebration''', 2900 Parkway Blvd, [http://orlando.guestselectresorts.com?pid=wikitr], a 718 room resort located only 1.5 miles from Walt Disney World.  Shuttles provided to Disney, Sea World and Universal Studios.  3 pools, cascading waterfalls, 2 whirlpools and a 40' waterslide.  Extensive Kids Activies program available onsite.  KIDS EAT FREE.
 
*'''Radisson Resort Orlando - Celebration''', 2900 Parkway Blvd, [http://orlando.guestselectresorts.com?pid=wikitr], a 718 room resort located only 1.5 miles from Walt Disney World.  Shuttles provided to Disney, Sea World and Universal Studios.  3 pools, cascading waterfalls, 2 whirlpools and a 40' waterslide.  Extensive Kids Activies program available onsite.  KIDS EAT FREE.
  
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===Assistance===
 
===Assistance===
  
* Just like anywhere else in the USA, the emergency number throughout Disney World is 911. Contacting this number will get you in touch with Reedy Creek Emergency Services, Disney World's police, fire, and ambulance service.
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* Just like anywhere else in the USA, the emergency number throughout Walt Disney World is 911. Contacting this number will get you in touch with Reedy Creek Emergency Services, WDW's police, fire, and ambulance service.
  
* Minor first aid services are available free of charge at any park or resort and offer a quiet and cool place to rest. First aid station locations:
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* Minor first aid services are available free of charge at any park or resort and offer a quiet and cool place to rest. Locations:
 
**Magic Kingdom - next to the Crystal Palace, left around the central hub.
 
**Magic Kingdom - next to the Crystal Palace, left around the central hub.
 
**Epcot - next to the baby center on the World Showcase side of the Odyssey Center.
 
**Epcot - next to the baby center on the World Showcase side of the Odyssey Center.
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The Walt Disney World Resort [1] located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, near Orlando, is the flagship of Disney's worldwide theme park empire. It is by far the most visited theme park resort in the world.

Walt Disney World is made up of four separate theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom), two water parks (Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach), two entertainment districts (Downtown Disney and Disney Boardwalk), and numerous resort hotels.


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Understand

An ode to Walt
Walt Disney (1901-1966) never got to see Disney World; he died five years before it opened. As seen in his dedication speech below, Roy Disney officially lengthened Disney World's name to Walt Disney World as a way of emphasizing that it was his brother's dream.

"Walt Disney World is a tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney, and to the talents, the dedication, and the loyalty of the entire Disney organization that made Walt Disney's dream come true.
May Walt Disney World bring joy and inspiration and new knowledge to all who come to this happy place, a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn - together."
-- Roy Disney, 1 October 1971


The Walt Disney World Resort is divided into many different parts. The Magic Kingdom is the first and main park of the complex, based off of the original Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Magic Kingdom has various 'lands' organized around the central landmark of Cinderella's Castle, and while it is more oriented toward children, many adults will love the escapism as well. Epcot, the second theme park, is an "educational park" dedicated to international culture and technological innovation with two distinct areas, "Future World" and "World Showcase". The third theme park is Disney's Hollywood Studios, which is themed around 20th-century movies and television, with a variety of live shows and attractions based on some of the most iconic films from that era. Finally, Disney's Animal Kingdom is a wildlife park, something of a mix between a zoo and a theme park with both naturalistic animal exhibitions and typical Disney rides.

Walt Disney World also has two water parks: Typhoon Lagoon and the newer Blizzard Beach. In addition, there are also a couple of entertainment districts, Disney Boardwalk, a small collection of restaurants and nightlife spots, and Downtown Disney, a shopping mall and entertainment district with many headliner restaurants, an indoor arcade, a movie theater complex, and a nightclub district.

Get in

Park admission

Visiting Walt Disney World is a very expensive affair. Tickets are sold at several levels: the Magic Your Way base tickets cover the cost of visiting one theme park a day for each day of the ticket. On top of this, you can add the Park Hopper option, which allows you to go through multiple theme parks on the same day as many times as you like. You can also add the Water Park Fun & More option, which grants admission to the two Disney water parks as well as other attractions. The prices below were accurate as of March 2008:

Online Prices:

  • Magic Your Way one-day admission: $60 (ages 3-9), $71 (ages 10+).
    • Park Hopper: + $45, Water Park Fun & More: + $50
  • Magic Your Way two-day admission: $58.50/day (ages 3-9), $69.50/day (ages 10+).
    • Park Hopper: + $22.50/day, Water Park Fun & More: + $25/day
  • Magic Your Way three-day admission: $57/day (ages 3-9), $67.67/day (ages 10+).
    • Park Hopper: + $15/day, Water Park Fun & More: + $16.67/day
  • Magic Your Way four-day admission: $44.50/day (ages 3-9), $53/day (ages 10+).
    • Park Hopper: + $11.25/day, Water Park Fun & More: + $12.50/day
  • Magic Your Way five-day admission: $35.80/day (ages 3-9), $43/day (ages 10+).
    • Park Hopper: + $9/day, Water Park Fun & More: + $10/day
  • Magic Your Way six-day admission: $30.17/day (ages 3-9), $36.17/day (ages 10+).
    • Park Hopper: + $7.50/day, Water Park Fun & More: + $8.33/day
  • Magic Your Way seven-day admission: $26/day (ages 3-9), $31.29/day (ages 10+).
    • Park Hopper: + $6.43/day, Water Park Fun & More: + $7.14/day
  • Magic Your Way eight-day admission: $23.13/day (ages 3-9), $27.63/day (ages 10+).
    • Park Hopper: + $5.63/day, Water Park Fun & More: + $6.25/day
  • Magic Your Way nine-day admission: $20.67/day (ages 3-9), $24.78/day (ages 10+).
    • Park Hopper: + $5/day, Water Park Fun & More: + $5.56/day
  • Magic Your Way ten-day admission: $18.70/day (ages 3-9), $22.50/day (ages 10+).
    • Park Hopper: + $4.50/day, Water Park Fun & More: + $5.00/day

Florida residents who provide proof of residence get a discount of varying degree, but can't purchase beyond a 7-day ticket (meaning that Florida residents who ask for the discount can't purchase 8, 9, and 10 day tickets).

Parking for any of the four theme park lots is $11 for Car/Taxi/Shuttle/Limousine/Motorcycle, $12 for Camper/Trailer, $15 for Bus/Tractor Trailer, and free for Disney Vacation Club guests with a valid resort-issued parking ticket. Parking at the two water parks or Downtown Disney is free. Valet parking is available at the Splurge resorts (see below under Sleep) for $10/day.

Many attractions are so popular that lines could last up to two hours. If you don't want to wait that long, you can take advantage of the free service known as FastPass. Simply insert your park ticket into the machine, and you'll get a FastPass ticket with a time stamped on it, at which you may enter the attraction with little or no wait.

By plane

Most visitors fly into Orlando International Airport (IATA: MCO) [2]. It is served by nearly all major US airlines and a wide range of international carriers. From there, you can rent a car, take a taxi, order a limo or towncar, or take Disney's Magical Express [3]: a free bus service from the airport to the WDW hotels (prior reservations required, call 1-407-WDISNEY). Bear in mind that when booking air travel online, you may be asked to provide an airport's three-letter IATA code. Perhaps the best way to remember the code for Orlando International Airport is to think that MCO stands for "Mickey and COmpany" (it actually stands for the airport's original name, McCoy Air Force Base).

Orlando-Sanford International Airport (IATA: SFB) [4], which is farther away from Walt Disney World than is Orlando International, serves several flights from the United Kingdom, including those from Belfast in Northern Ireland. If you are flying Allegiant Air from within the US or Icelandair from Iceland, you will land here. The Disney's Magical Express service is not available from this airport.

By car

Interstate 4 is the most direct driving route into Walt Disney World. Depending on your point of origin, the Florida Turnpike can be quite useful. This is particularly true when you might be arriving from Miami or all points south, or from a cruise at Port Canaveral.

By train

Amtrak's [5] Silver Star and Silver Meteor [6] Miami - New York City routes serve Orlando, while the Auto Train [7] which can carry both passengers and automobiles serves nearby Sanford.

By bus

Greyhound [8] The Orlando terminal is located at 555 North John Young Parkway. Its phone number is 407-292-3424.

LYNX - Public transportation by Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority. [9] With the main hub centered on Orlando, bus service provided in Osceola, Orange, and Seminole Counties. Some buses link to neighboring counties. Service to and from Walt Disney World is available.

Get around

Walt Disney World Resort overview map

Getting around Walt Disney World is easy. You may walk, drive, or ride public transit (in this case, buses, monorails, or ferryboats). In most cases, the service is direct and non-stop. All Walt Disney World transit vehicles are wheelchair-accessible, pursuant to state law and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

By foot

In some places, walking is the most convenient way to travel from one area to another. Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and the three resorts in between (Swan & Dolphin, Yacht & Beach Clubs, and Boardwalk) are connected by walkways, as is Downtown Disney to Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort. If you are staying at Disney's Contemporary Resort, you will find it quicker to walk to the Magic Kingdom than to take the ferry or monorail.

Wheelchairs and strollers are readily available to rent at the entrance to each park, and it is suggested if you have a problem standing too long, or if walking on the hot pavement makes your feet ache, rent one. They have wheelchairs that need to be pushed, as well as electric ones that you can maneuver yourself.

By bus

Walt Disney World also has an extensive bus service, so there is really no need to rent a car unless you are travelling outside of WDW. The buses can be slow and inconvenient if, for example, you are traveling with young children or strollers. Note that budgetary constraints may indicate the rental of a car, as many nearby grocery stores and restaurants are less expensive than the typical in-park eatery.

The bus service is a hub-and-spoke distribution paradigm. Most resorts have five bus routes originating from them, providing direct service to all four theme parks and Downtown Disney. Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach are also serviced by the Downtown Disney and Animal Kingdom routes respectively.

Note that there is no bus service to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot from the Grand Floridian, Contemporary, or Polynesian resorts; or to Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios from the Swan/Dolphin, Yacht/Beach Clubs, or Boardwalk. The former three resorts are linked to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot by monorail, and the latter three resorts are linked to Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios either by boat or by walking.

There is also no direct bus service between the theme parks and Downtown Disney. To travel to Downtown Disney from a theme park, or vice versa, you must travel to any resort and change buses. Best advice is to transfer at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort as it is right next door and has three connections to Downtown Disney: a pedestrian bridge, bus, and ferry.

By train (monorail)

The monorail service is limited and only goes to certain areas, all originating from the Transportation and Ticket Center. There are three monorail lines:

  • Magic Kingdom / Transportation and Ticket Center. This is the only way to enter the Magic Kingdom besides the ferry or WDW bus service.
  • Magic Kingdom Resort Hotels / Transportation and Ticket Center. This line runs parallel to the loop of the direct Magic Kingdom line, but stops at all the resorts it passes. The stops are, in order: Transportation and Ticket Center, Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Magic Kingdom, and Contemporary.
  • Epcot / Transportation and Ticket Center. When entering Epcot this way, the monorail makes a nice loop in the park, giving a great aerial view of Futureworld and the World Showcase.

If you are going to Epcot from the Polynesian Resort, it is recommended that you walk to the Transportation and Ticket Center to get to the Epcot monorail, instead of taking the MK Resorts monorail completely through the loop.

By boat

Walt Disney World also has several waterways which are serviced by ferryboats.

  • From the Magic Kingdom, service is to the Contemporary, Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Fort Wilderness Campground, and Wilderness Lodge.
  • From Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, service is to the Swan/Dolphin, Yacht/Beach Club, and Boardwalk.
  • From Downtown Disney, service is to the Port Orleans, Saratoga Springs, and Old Key West Resorts.

By car

If you are staying at a hotel off Disney property, a car is recommended. Many off-resort hotels offer shuttle service to the parks, but the schedules may not be convenient.

Getting around Walt Disney World by car is not much of a problem. All you need to do is follow the purple directional signs with black Mickey Mouse ears to your destination. Your WDW resort will also provide a map of the complex.

See and Do

Magic Kingdom

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Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom is the main park, based on the original Disneyland in Anaheim, California. It is organized around the central landmark of Cinderella Castle. It has various 'lands' within it and is more oriented toward children, although many adults love the escapism as well. This is the first park opened in the Florida complex and also the most heavily attended and geared towards children, although most enjoyable for adults as well. Adult visitors who do not enjoy rides such as "it's a small world" where you sit in vehicles that take you in a circle through a tunnel, and listen to childlike delight and screams, may want to visit Epcot or Hollywood Studios instead. Though the process of getting ride tickets enabling visitors to board a ride at a specific time (called "FastPass" - see "Get In" above) works well, this process is not available for all attractions, and lines there can be endless but always keep moving. Food is expensive, and Disney merchandise is reasonable considering where you are. Plan accordingly for a trip and expect to spend at least $100.00 per person for a visit, but most would agree that the lines, the crowds, and the prices are worth it for the magical Disney experience that makes all adults 'children', if even for the day.

Address: World Dr. & West Buena Vista Dr., Orlando, FL 32830

  • Swiss Family Treehouse (walk through)
  • The Flying Carpets of Aladdin (flying young childrens ride)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean (classic indoor boat ride)
  • Splash Mountain (log ride with a 50 ft. water drop)
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (medium fast rollercoaster)
  • Haunted Mansion (indoor dark ride)
  • Snow White's Scary Adventures (indoor dark ride)
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (indoor dark ride)
  • "it's a small world" (classic indoor boat ride)
  • Cinderella's Golden Carousel (classic horse carousel ride)
  • Mickey's Philharmagic (3D movie featuring digital representations of Disney characters.)
  • Space Mountain (dark indoor rollercoaster)
  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin (indoor dark ride with laser gun game)
  • Carousel of Progress (originally developed by Walt Disney for the 1964 World's Fair, then reinstalled at Disneyland, California.)
  • Stitch's Great Escape! (Alien Encounter remake)

Additionally, there are numerous shows and characters to see during the day. At park closing there is a fireworks show, currently "Wishes - A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams," to send everyone home with a great memory. (Be aware that the best viewing areas generate very crowded conditions).

Epcot

The city of the future
The name Epcot is an acronym for Experimental Prototype Community Of Tommorrow. Walt Disney originally intended Epcot to be a working city for the future. The original architectural model can be viewed on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority in the Magic Kingdom. While today that concept might seem a bit far-fetched, today's Epcot is dedicated to creating the brighter tomorrow that Walt envisioned.

Spaceship Earth

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The icon of Epcot is Spaceship Earth, a 180-foot geodesic sphere. Both the name and the building were influenced by the work of Richard Buckminster Fuller, though he was not credited for it. The name comes from Fuller's book Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth. The building is usually compared to the Montreal Biosphere (the former United States pavilion from Expo 67) in Canada, which Fuller designed himself, but in fact the two are not structurally similar - Spaceship Earth is a complete sphere supported on legs, while the Montreal Biosphere is three quarters of a sphere.

Epcot is an "educational park." It is divided into two distinct areas, "Future World" and "World Showcase". World Showcase is structured to showcase various international locations, especially in terms of food and/or trade goods. Don't miss the impossibly cheesy but fun Mexico ride along with the extravagant Maelstrom ride in the Norway pavilion. Future World is comprised of various 'futuristic' attractions, many sponsored by various industrial concerns. The Test Track, a recent addition in which visitors go through the motions of tests for new cars, is a probably the most fun, and the most traditionally theme-park. Recently, Epcot has added Soarin', an adventure where visitors handglide through many landscapes, and Mission Space. Epcot may appeal more to adult visitors, but the park has made efforts to appeal to the entire family in recent years with the addition of more character greetings and "Kidcot" funstops which encourage the children to work on a craft and interact with the cast members who are representing their home countries.

Future World

  • Mission:Space (a giant centrifuge which simulates a journey to Mars)
  • Spaceship Earth (a dark ride travel through the history of communication)
  • Test Track (a unique thrill ride along a GM test track designed to push your vehicle to its limit)
  • The Land (home of three attractions: "Living with the Land"-a relaxing boat ride showcasing Disney's hydroponic greenhouse and how we can live in peace with the land; Soarin', a simulated aerial flight over California, a copy of the highly popular ride at Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim, California; and "Circle of Life", a movie about conservation starring the Lion King characters.
  • The Universe of Energy (a slow moving dinosaur experience featuring Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ellen DeGeneres)
  • Imagination! (Home of 2 attractions, "Honey I Shrunk the Audience" 3D movie; Journey Into Imagination....with Figment- a classic Disney dark ride.)
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends (An AZA-member aquarium, with a ride that shows underwater scenes using technology to show characters from "Finding Nemo" with real fish.)
  • Innoventions (a hands-on exhibition featuring the latest in technology and how it's finding its way into every aspect of our lives)


I can show you the world
Some of your favorite Disney characters can be met at their respective home countries represented in World Showcase:
United Kingdom: Winnie the Pooh
France: Beauty and the Beast
Morocco: Aladdin
Germany: Snow White
China: Mulan
Mexico: The Three Caballeros
Italy: Pinocchio

World Showcase is the back area of the park with different pavilions representing countries from around the world, all themed with architecture, food, drink and culture to match. All pavilions, except the United States, have a table service restaurant and most also have a counter service restaurant. The countries included are:

  • United Kingdom-restaurants and shops.
  • France-restaurants (including a French patisserie, or bakery), shops, and a travel movie featuring the French countryside and a classical music soundtrack.
  • Morocco-restaurants, a small museum, and shops.
  • Germany-restaurants (including a German beer hall with a show), and shops.
  • Japan-restaurants, shops (including a large Japanese department store), and a small museum.
  • China-restaurants, shops, a small museum, and a "Circlevision" travel movie.
  • Mexico-restaurants, shops, and a gentle boat ride featuring historical facts and travel to Mexico.
  • Norway-restaurants (including a bakery), shops, and a boat ride with mild flume drops though the history and sights of Norway- followed by a travel film.
  • Italy-restaurants and shops.
  • USA-a fast food restaurant, a small shop, a small museum, and a patriotic show featuring film and Audio-Animatronic representations of historical figures.
  • Canada-restaurants, shops, and a "Circlevision" travel movie.

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth At park closing, enjoy this extravagant display of fireworks, lasers, fountains and electric lighting over World Showcase Lagoon.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney's Hollywood Studios (formerly Disney-MGM Studios) opened in May 1989 and joined Magic Kingdom and EPCOT as the third theme park of Walt Disney World. The park is themed around 20th-century movies and television, and features a variety of live shows and attractions based on some of the most iconic films from that era. Among the attractions are a few exceptional thrill rides, most notably The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (a 13-story-high vertical drop) and the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster (a horizontal launch, 0-60 in 2.8 seconds). The latest addition to the park is an automobile stunt show called "Lights, Motors, Action".

  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (13-flight free fall based on The Twilight Zone)
  • Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (WDW's only roller coaster with loops, synched to the music of Aerosmith!)
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular (Live action stunt show recreating some of the best scenes from 'Raiders of the Lost Ark')
  • Jim Henson's Muppet Vision 3D (3D movie featuring the Muppet characters) shown in a "special" auditorium
  • Star Tours (The only official Star Wars ride takes you into battle with the Death Star)
  • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show (The most popular show in Disneyland Resort Paris is now at Hollywood Studios. Features some amazing live action stunt driving)
  • Backlot Studios Tour (Tram tour of old Disney movie props, as well as the infamous Catastrophe Canyon)
  • The Great Movie Ride (Slow moving ride through scenes of some of the greatest movies recreated using Audio-Animatronics, such as Alien, The Wizard of Oz, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Mary Poppins.)
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure (Huge play area that makes you feel like you're a quarter of an inch tall)
  • Fantasmic! (Live action presentation with incredible lighting effects, shown at park closing)

Toy Story Midway Mania

A new attraction, "Toy Story Midway Mania," is scheduled to open in 2008. Disney has said it will be a 3D virtual game where guests will ride in moving cars and play midway-style arcade games complete with moving targets and special effects, with the goal of outranking other riders' high scores.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

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Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom, a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, is a wildlife discovery park, organized in a Magic Kingdom like format, with different continents revolving around the central Tree of Life. It's a mix between a zoo and a theme park. Naturalistic animal exhibitions are interspersed, and sometimes integrated, with typical Disney rides. Among these are a jeep safari past live animal enclosures, a raft ride through the deforestation of a tropical rainforest, a time travel ride which includes close encounters with dinosaurs and the newest ride, "Expedition Everest", which is a roller coaster ride and includes an encounter with the Yeti. While light on rides, there are also shows and plenty of animals to view (though the variety of species seems a bit sparse when compared to many larger city zoos). Animal Kingdom is more of a kid friendly theme park with many animals that would attract the attention of younger generations as well as Camp Minnie-Mickey, a special space for youngsters where they can meet all of their favorite characters.

Note: Under AZA animal safety policy, Animal Kingdom's restaurants do not provide lids for drinks. However, paper straws are now available. Also note that under that same policy, balloons are not sold in Animal Kingdom and may not be brought in from the other three parks.

  • Kilimanjaro Safari (Safari jeep ride through the African plains, featuring vast assortment of wildlife. Great for photos)
  • Pangani Forest Exploration Trail (A walk-through area near the exit of Kilimanjaro featuring gorillas as well as other African wildlife. Great if you missed something on the Safari.)
  • Dinosaur (dark, scary ride; formerly known as Countdown to Extinction)
  • Kali River Rapids (water-tire ride where you may get soaked)
  • Maharajah Jungle Trek (Walk-through of Asian wildlife featuring Bengal tigers.)
  • Expedition Everest: Legend of the Forbidden Mountain (high-speed rollercoaster with a visit to a 25-foot Yeti. Opened in April 2006)
  • It's Tough to be a Bug! (Interactive 3-D show feature Flick and the other characters from 'A Bug's Life.')
  • Festival of the Lion King (Acrobatic theatre-of-the-round feature Simba, Timone, and Pumba.)

Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park

Team Boat Springs, Blizzard Beach

A newer water park with bigger thrill slides, a smaller bobbing wave pool, and an improved kiddie area than it's older cousin, Typhoon Lagoon. The theme here is a Florida ski resort meltdown.

  • Summit Plummet the tallest, steepest, fastest water slide in the world. 120 feet high causing those who dare to plummet at over 55 mph straight down at an 85 degree angle
  • Downhill Double Dipper
  • Slush Gusher
  • Teamboat Springs
  • Cross Country Creek
  • Tike's Peak

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

A water park with a giant surf wave pool, numerous slides, a snorkeling lagoon, and a tropical beach theme. The snorkeling lagoon includes living sharks, so while not for the faint of heart, it's an unforgettable experience. Typhoon Lagoon's great fun, especially for those with kids, but be warned: if you only use sunscreen once in Florida, this is the place to do it.

  • Featuring Surf Pool, one of the world's largest wave pools with some of the largest artificially created waves
  • Crush 'n Gusher Water "Rollercoaster"
  • Humunga Kowabunga
  • Mayday Falls
  • Castaway Creek
  • Ketchakiddee Creek
  • Shark Reef- a snorkel tank featuring tropical fish, rays, small (non-threatening) sharks, and a mock sunken ship.

Buy

There's a store at the exit to practically every attraction.

Eat

Food is surprisingly good, considering WDW isn't known for it. In particular, try an exotic restaurant in Epcot's World Showcase, or many of the hotels have good places to eat, some sophisticated, some complete with screaming children.

Here are a few unique dining opportunities worth experiencing:

  • Magic Kingdom
    • Cinderella's Royal Table - Dine in Cinderella Castle.
  • Hollywood Studios
    • 50's Prime Time Cafe - Dine in a kitchen inspired by classic 50's sitcoms.
    • Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater - Watch classic Sci-Fi movies from your "car" in a re-created 1950s drive-in movie theatre.
  • Animal Kingdom
    • Rainforest Cafe - Animatronic animals, thunderstorms, and good food
    • Restaurantosaurus - character dining for breakfast and fast food meals throughout the day
  • Fort Wilderness Campground
    • Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue - Western themed dinner theater
  • Polynesian Resort
    • Disney's Spirit of Aloha Show - South Pacific Luau themed dinner theater
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort
    • Boma- Flavors of Africa - authentic African cuisine served buffet style.
    • Mara- Cafeteria Style eats with American cuisine served hot and fresh.
  • Epcot
    • Coral Reef Restaurant - eat in view of the main aquarium of The Seas with Nemo and Friends.
    • Teppanyaki - Japanese chefs prepare your very tasty meal in front of you in the Japan pavilion. Great food and nice atmosphere. Lunch offers an extensive menu at a slightly lower price than dinner.
  • Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
    • Victoria & Alberts - Undeniably the best restaurant on Disney property. Victoria & Alberts is a AAA Five-Diamond rated restaurant, the only one in central Florida. Designed for a more intimate dining experience; meaning leave the children at one of the many popular child activity centers and have a night out just for the adults. A menu designed specifically for the party and impeccable service. Wine pairing is also an option.
  • Disney's Contemporary Resort
    • California Grill - California cuisine served with the best view on Disney property on the side. The menu changes frequently, as the chefs vary the tastes according to season and their ingenuity. Priority seatings are a must for this restaurant (especially at the time of the Wishes display), and window seats (some with a view of the Magic Kingdom) are not guaranteed. If all seatings are taken, another option is the bar, which offers a great selection of wines and sushi.
  • Disney's Port Orleans Resort
    • Boatwright's Dining Hall- American/Southern fare such as ribs, chicken, steaks etc. Great for families and or groups of adults, as the large restaurant is big enough to absorb a lot of noise. Moderate prices, especially for Disney.
  • Downtown Disney
    • House of Blues
    • Rainforest Cafe
    • Wolfgang Puck Cafe
    • Ghiradelli Chocolate Shop and Soda Fountain
    • McDonald's

Drink

A large variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available in Walt Disney World. Keep in mind these few things when purchasing alcoholic beverages at WDW.

- The drinking age for alcohol in Disney World (and all of Florida, for that matter) is 21. Be prepared for strict enforcement of this rule; anybody caught drinking underage, even with parents, may be subject to ejection from the property and criminal prosecution.

- No more than one alcoholic beverage may be purchased per legal I.D.

- There are no alcoholic beverages for sale in the Magic Kingdom.

- Be sure to bring an actual I.D. with you when purchasing beverages. Copies will not suffice.

- No alcoholic beverages may be brought in to any of the theme parks.

In Epcot, some try "Drinking Around the World," getting alcohol in every country of the World Showcase.

For a fun, free, and sober trip "around the world" try Club Cool located near Spaceship Earth in Epcot. They offer nearly a dozen unlimited free samples of Coke products made around the world.

Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom offer a small variety of draft beer at select dining locations.

Sleep

Budget

  • Disney's All-Star Movies Resort - Disney films and Disney animation
  • Disney's All-Star Music Resort - the magic in music
  • Disney's All-Star Sports Resort - find your inner fan and salute the world of sports
  • Disney's Pop Century Resort - take a walk through the best of 20th century pop culture

Mid-range

  • Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside - experience the gentle feel of the mansions and towns along the lower Mississippi River. Formerly Disney's Dixie Landings Resort. Opened as a part of Disney's 20th anniversary in 1991.
  • Disney's Port Orleans Resort French Quarter - take a walk down Bourbon Street
  • Disney's Coronado Springs Resort - lakeside resort with Mayan flourishes
  • Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort - the ambiance of the tropics in one of five 'Island Villages'

Splurge

  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge - immerse yourself in a safari adventure at an African-themed lodge where you can view hundreds of exotic creatures on an African wildlife reserve
  • Disney's Beach Club Resort - let the elegant lakeside accommodations of this sand and surf motif hotel take you back to the good old days of an 1870's New England beach holiday
  • Disney's BoardWalk Inn - check into a lively turn-of-the-century Atlantic City resort complex
  • Disney's Contemporary Resort - step in to a modern design and an architectural gem, complete with a monorail running through the Resort's A-Frame tower
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin (operated by Sheraton) - Soak up the atmosphere of the magnificent architecture in the heart of the WDW Resort. This resort with a pyramid atop and its sister, the Swan, were designed by Michael Graves. Rumor has it that the presidential suite at the top of the pyramid was occupied regularly by Michael Jackson in his heyday.
  • Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa - Victorian elegance that pays homage to the golden days of Palm Beach
  • Disney's Polynesian Resort - tropical paradise that celebrates the spirit and hospitality of the South Pacific
  • Shades of Green (United States Department of Defense use only)
  • Walt Disney World Swan (operated by Westin) - Become immersed in an environment featuring enchanting architecture, inspiring artwork and spectacular views
  • Disney's Wilderness Lodge - rustic charm of a Resort modeled on the grand lodges of the National Parks of the Old West
  • Disney's Yacht Club Resort - nod to the nautical-themed hotels of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Island seashore hotels of the 1880's

Disney Vacation Club Resorts

  • Disney's Beach Club Villas - villas inspired by mid-Atlantic seaside mansions
  • Disney's BoardWalk Villas - charming waterfront cottage near the Boardwalk complex
  • Disney's Old Key West Resort - spirit of the Florida Keys
  • The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge - scenic woodland retreat
  • Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa - lush country retreat
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - the newest Disney Vacation Club resort. Phase 1, currently open, occupies the higher floors of the current Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge structure. Phase 2 will be an entirely separate building adjacent to the Kilimanjaro area of the park.

Campground

  • Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground - enjoy camping in an air-conditioned cabin, or stay in secluded campsites for tents and all types of RVs

Downtown Disney

  • Regal Sun Resort (Walk to Downtown Disney or take the complimentary shuttle to the other Disney Theme Parks), 1850 Hotel Plaza Blvd, +1 800-624-4109, [10].
  • Best Western
  • Doubletree Guest Suites
  • Hilton Resort
  • Holiday Inn
  • Hotel Royal Plaza
  • Buena Vista Palace

Off-resort Lodging

  • Magical Memories - Orlando Vacation Rentals, 2801 North Poinciana Blvd, Kissimmee, 34746, [11], Our beautifully appointed villas, condos, and vacation homes provide nearly everything you need for an extraordinary vacation in Central Florida, from the comforts of home to first-class amenities to prime locations near the Walt Disney® World Resort Area, at a price comparable to an Orlando hotel.
  • Radisson Resort Orlando - Celebration, 2900 Parkway Blvd, [12], a 718 room resort located only 1.5 miles from Walt Disney World. Shuttles provided to Disney, Sea World and Universal Studios. 3 pools, cascading waterfalls, 2 whirlpools and a 40' waterslide. Extensive Kids Activies program available onsite. KIDS EAT FREE.
  • Clarion Hotel Maingate, 7675 Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, +1 407 396-4000, [13].
  • Embassy Suites, Lake Buena Vista. Two room suites, including a hot breakfast.
  • Hilton Grand Vacation Club. A Hilton time share with two room apartments surrounding a lake.
  • Holiday Villas Walt Disney Area, 2928 Vineland Rd., Kissimmee, (407) 397-0700, Toll-free: (800) 344-3959, [14]. Accommodations consisting of two and three bedroom, 2 Bath condominiums that range from 1,400 to 1,500 square feet, Sleeping 6 to 8 people. Heated Pool, Sauna, Tennis, Jacuzzi, Movies, Gameroom, Exercise Facility, Poolside Snacks.
  • Private Vacation Rentals Walt Disney Area - [15] Rent Orlando villas direct from the owners. All homes have private pools and many have games rooms and Jacuzzi's.
  • ALL STAR Vacation Homes, 7822 W. Irlo Bronson Hwy., Kissimmee. [16]Travelers choose from more than 130 upscale vacation homes within 4 miles of Disney World. 2-3 bedroom condos, up to 7 bedroom homes with private pools, game rooms, kitchens, spacious floorplans and more. Reservations: 1-888-345-9940 or 407-997-0733
  • PRIVATE LUXURY VILLA 5 bedroom /5 bath in the 5-star Windsor Hills resort community, 5 minutes to Disneyworld -- great pricing direct from the owner / private pool & spa / fitness center / waterslide / private movie theater / tennis / volleyball / clubhouse Accommodates up to 12 guests. [17] Call:(888)565-7126 U.S. & Can. or international 001-225-709-0146.
  • Tangerine Suites Vacation Homes, [18]Accommodations of three to five bedrooms that sleep up to 12 people close to Disney World. All homes include a private heated pool, full kitchen, 2-car garage, and many homes include jacuzzi's and games rooms.

Stay safe

Walt Disney World is a very safe area, and spends a lot of time and money ensuring that guests remain safe. But, do not be complacent or feel completely safe. Although the parks are relatively safe, and do have guards throughout, take caution, and watch the children closely. You are in a park with strangers, and although rare, there have been problems as you would have on any street in any country. Be aware at all times, and do not allow young children to roam unattended or be too far from your sight.

Weather

  • Do not fear being caught in one of the daily afternoon rainstorms, because rain ponchos and even umbrellas are sold throughout the parks, for just that reason. Walt Disney World does not close down due to rain.
  • Wear a white shirt during the summer. White reflects sunlight better than any other color, so you won't get overheated as easily. Wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your head, face and eyes.
  • Drink lots of water. You can easily become dehydrated in the heat. Stay clear of carbonated drinks, tea and coffee. Dehydration can lead to weakness, fatigue, and eventually heat stroke due to the body's reduced ability to regulate its temperature.
  • Go back to your hotel in the afternoon for a dip in the pool to cool you off. Or cool off in the one of the many interactive fountains that can be found in the parks. (Don't forget to take spare clothing with you!)
  • Go indoors, into an air-conditioned shop or attraction. Try to do the outdoor attractions in the morning, and save the indoor attractions and shows until the afternoon when it's hotter.

Security

  • While theft is rare and security is always present throughout the resort, it is advisable to keep valuables locked in your car. You wouldn't want them lost or stolen while you're having fun inside the park.
  • Keep your eye on your belongings at all times. Do not display cash in public. Consider wearing a money belt. Do not leave anything in an unattended stroller or wheelchair, especially when you go on a ride.
  • Write down your child's name, your name, resort and phone number on a card, and place the card in your child's pocket. If your child is a member of MedicAlert or an equivalent organization, that information should also be included on the card as well. Instruct your child to show the card to a Cast Member (a Disney employee) in the event that you get separated. If you lose your child, notify a Cast Member immediately. If your child goes on a ride on his/her own, make sure you know where the ride's exit is. Arrange a place to meet with all members of your party if you become separated. Note: Try not to make your meeting place something that is too obvious, such as in front of Cinderella Castle. Crowding is likely to occur at these places.

Ride Safety

Travel Warning WARNING: Some attractions have safety restrictions. Children not meeting the minimum height requirement and pregnant women are not permitted to experience these attractions. Anyone susceptible to motion sickness or having heart, neck, or back problems should also refrain from riding as these conditions are easily aggravated. Restraining devices may prevent persons of body size from riding.

The above warning applies to the following attractions:

  • Magic Kingdom: Space Mountain, Tommorowland Speedway, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Epcot: Test Track, Mission: Space
  • Hollywood Studios: Star Tours, Rock n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Animal Kingdom: Dinosaur, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Expedition: Everest, Kali River Rapids

Breakdown/Car Trouble

  • If you have car trouble while in a theme park's parking lot, raise your car's hood, and someone will come to your assistance.

Assistance

  • Just like anywhere else in the USA, the emergency number throughout Walt Disney World is 911. Contacting this number will get you in touch with Reedy Creek Emergency Services, WDW's police, fire, and ambulance service.
  • Minor first aid services are available free of charge at any park or resort and offer a quiet and cool place to rest. Locations:
    • Magic Kingdom - next to the Crystal Palace, left around the central hub.
    • Epcot - next to the baby center on the World Showcase side of the Odyssey Center.
    • Hollywood Studios - at Guest Relations
    • Animal Kingdom - in Safari Village, next to Creature Comforts
  • If an emergency need for prescription drugs occurs, the Gooding's supermarket at the intersection of Interstate 4 and Florida State Route 535 has a pharmacy. Be sure to bring your prescription information with you.

Contact

Offical Sources

  • Walt Disney World Resort Offical Website
  • General Reservations and Disney's Magical Express: 1-407-WDISNEY
  • Walt Disney World Dining 1-407-WDW-DINE
  • Walt Disney World Fairy Tale Weddings 1-407-828-3400
  • Orlando International Airport 1-407-825-2001
  • Walt Disney World University 1-407-828-2850
  • Hotel Babysitting 1-407 827-5444
  • Walt Disney World Recreation 1-407-939-7529

See also

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