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Walt Disney World

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Walt Disney World

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The Walt Disney World Resort [1] (commonly known as Disney World or Disneyworld) is a complex of four separate theme parks, water parks, resorts,reteraunts and other facilities located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, near Orlando, Florida.

Understand

Walt Disney World is split into four separate parks such as:

Magic Kingdom

It is the best-known park, organized around the central landmark, or as Walt Disney would say a weenie, of Cinderella's Castle. It has various 'lands' within it and is more oriented toward children, although some adults love the escapism as well.

Epcot

Epcot is an "educational park." It is very much oriented toward adult visitors, and is structured to showcase various international locations, especially in terms of food and/or trade goods. The older part of the park is comprised of various 'futuristic' attractions, many sponsored by various industrial concerns.

Disney MGM Studios

Disney MGM Studios is a park with a 20th Century movie theme. This park has lots of shows and some Thrill (capital T you see) rides, the main one being a 13 story drop in the Tower of Terror.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom is a mix between a zoo and a theme park. Naturalistic animal exhibitions are interspersed, and sometimes integrated, with typical Disney movie-themed rides.

Get in

Fly in to Orlando International Airport (MCO). From there, you can rent a car, order a limo or towncar, or take Disney's Magical Express: a free bus service from the airport to the WDW hotels (prior reservations required).

Some hotels offer free shuttles to and from the park. Ask at the front desk.

Alternatively, Interstate-4 is the most direct driving route into Walt Disney World.

Get around

Disney has an extensive bus and monorail 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.

The monorail service is not very expansive 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 fairy 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.
  • EPCOT / Transportation and Ticket Center. When entering EPCOT this way, the monorail makes a nice loop in the park, giving a great arial view of Futureworld and the World Showcase.

Attractions

Magic Kingdom Park

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 ride)
  • Splash Mountain (gentle ride turning into big water drop)
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (medium fast rollercoaster)
  • Haunted Mansion (indoor ride)
  • Snow White's Scary Adventures (indoor ride)
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (indoor ride)
  • "it's a small world" (classic indoor ride)
  • Cinderella's Golden Carousel (classic horse carousel ride)
  • Mickey's Philharmagic (fantastic 3D show)
  • Space Mountain (dark indoor rollercoaster)
  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin (indoor ride with laser gun game)
  • Carousel of Progress (original ride)
  • 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 the amazing "Wishes - A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams," to send everyone home with a great memory.

Epcot Park

  • Future World
    • Mission:Space (a simulated journey to Mars)
    • Soarin' (a simulated aerial flight over California)
    • Spaceship Earth (a dark ride travel through the history of communication)
    • The Land (a relaxing boat ride showcasing Disney's hydroponic greenhouse and how we can live in peace with the land)
    • The Universe of Energy (a slow moving dinosaur experience featuring Bill Nye the Science Guy end Ellen DeGeneres)
    • Innoventions (a hands-on exhibtion featuring the latest in technology and how it's finding its way into every aspect of our lives)

Disney's Animal Kingdom Park

Organized in a Magic Kingdom like format, with different continents revolving around the central Tree of Life.

  • Kilimanjaro Safari (Safari jeep ride through the African plains, featuring vast assortment of wildlife. Great for photos)
  • African Wildlife Exhibit (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)
  • Kali River Rapids (water-tire ride where you may get soaked)
  • Bengal Tiger Exhibit (Walk-through of Asian wildlife featuring Bengal tigers.)
  • Expedition Everest (high-speed rollercoaster with a visit to a 25-foot Yeti. Opens 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/MGM 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')
  • 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 MGM. 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 recreated animatronic scenes of some of the greatest movies, 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 three inches tall)

Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park

  • Summit Plummet, the longest water slide in America? 120 feet long causing those who dare to plummet at 55 mph almost straight down
  • Downhill Double Dipper
  • Slush Gusher
  • Teamboat Springs
  • Cross Country Creek
  • Tike's Peak

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

  • Featuring Surf Pool, one of the world's largest wave pools with some of the largest artificially created waves
  • Humunga Kowabunga
  • Mayday Falls
  • Castaway Creek
  • Ketchakiddee Creek

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.

Drink

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

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

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

Sleep

Disney Resorts

Value

  • Disney's All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney's All-Star Music Resort
  • Disney's All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney's Pop Century Resort

Moderate

  • Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside
  • Disney's Port Orleans Resort French Quarter
  • Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Deluxe

  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney's Beach Club Resort
  • Disney's BoardWalk Inn
  • Disney's Contemporary Resort
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin
  • Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
  • Disney's Polynesian Resort
  • Shades of Green (United States Department of Defense)
  • Walt Disney World Swan
  • Disney's Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney's Yacht Club Resort

Disney Vacation Club Resorts

  • Disney's Beach Club Villas
  • Disney's BoardWalk Villas
  • Disney's Old Key West Resort
  • The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Campground

  • Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground

Downtown Disney

  1. Best Western
  2. Doubletree Guest Suites
  3. Grosvenor Resort
  4. Hilton Resort
  5. Holiday Inn
  6. Hotel Royal Plaza
  7. Buena Vista Palace


Off-resort Lodging

  • Holiday Villas Walt Disney Area, 2928 Vineland Rd., Kissimmee, (407) 397-0700, Toll-free: (800) 344-3959, [2]. Condo style accomomdations that have one, two and three bedroom suites. Plenty of room for a family of 8. Heated Pool, Sauna, Tennis, Jacuzzi, Movies, Gameroom, Exercise Facility, Poolside Snacks.

Contact

  • 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

External links


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