Welcome to the Walt Disney World Resort

Here you will find the information and news about all of the exciting parks that make up the Walt Disney World Resort;  Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.

BC and Disney Channel Bring the Magic of Disney Parks to Viewers with Three Holiday Specials Featuring Some of Today’s Biggest Stars

Matthew Morrison, Emma Bunton and Jesse Palmer to host ABC’s prime-time and Christmas Day specials Performers to include Sting, Shaggy, Portugal. The Man, Pentatonix, Andy Grammer, Ingrid Michaelson, Ally Brooke, Meg Donnelly, Grace VanderWaal, Lindsey...

Cast Members Receive Top Honors in Newsweek Survey

Disney Parks & Resorts is proud to have earned the highest honors in a recent Newsweek survey ranking America’s best customer service, along with Disney Cruise Line and the Disney Store. At the Disneyland Resort, cast members go out of their way to make...

Walt Disney Imagineering Presents the Epcot Experience: Peek into a Bright Future for the Beloved Walt Disney World Resort Theme Park

At Walt Disney World Resort, Epcot continues the biggest transformation of any Disney theme park in history, developing groundbreaking attractions, magnificent new landscapes and unforgettable entertainment spectaculars. Guests are now invited to see an enticing...

Special Offers Invite Canadian Residents to Enjoy Discount on Theme Park Tickets for Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort

With a magical holiday season just around the corner and even more excitement planned for both resorts in 2020, this is a great time to visit Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. To make a visit even more magical, Canadian residents...

Guests of the Seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels in Florida Will Continue to Enjoy Extra Magic Hours & 60-Day FastPass+ Benefits at the Walt Disney World Theme Parks Throughout 2020

Guests staying at the seven Disney Springs Resort area hotels in 2018 and 2019 have been enjoying two great benefits at the Walt Disney World Theme Parks:  the Extra Magic Hours and 60-Day FastPass+ benefits, with valid theme park...

90,000 urge Disney to keep PhotoPass photographers

Disney plans to replace all of its PhotoPass photographers with automated cameras. The changes are already taking place at character meet-and-greets at Walt Disney World and guests are not happy. Many claim the shift to lifeless cameras from enthusiastic...

Walt Disney World Resort sponsors the UCF Knights to bring more magic to the hometown team’s gridiron

With a new sponsorship agreement, Walt Disney World Resort hopes to spread some extra magic to Orlando’s hometown college football team, the UCF Knights. Beginning this season, Knight fans will see a little extra pixie dust as Disney becomes the official Theme Park,...

Dressing for Your Visit to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge officially opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Aug. 29. Just like any other destination for travelers throughout the galaxy, there are trends and fashions to keep in mind as you think about what to wear.  As we shared earlier this year...

Live Your Adventure at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Now at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The day is finally here – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is officially open to guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the largest and most technologically advanced single-themed land expansion ever in a Disney park. The 14-acre land...

Building Batuu: Cast Members Suit Up for Work in Black Spire Outpost

It takes a village to create something as groundbreaking as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge ⎯ including the costumes that will be worn in the village in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. We’ve shared a lot about how the details are what bring Star Wars:...

The Walt Disney World Resort, known as Walt Disney World or Disney World, is an entertainment complex in Bay Lake, Florida (mailing address is Lake Buena Vista, Florida), near Kissimmee and Orlando, and is the flagship of Disney’s worldwide corporate empire. The resort opened on October 1, 1971, and is the most visited vacation resort in the world, with an attendance of over 52 million annually.

Walt Disney World is owned and operated by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, a division of The Walt Disney Company. The property covers 27,258 acres (11,031 ha; 43 sq mi), housing twenty-seven themed resort hotels, nine non–Disney hotels, four theme parks, two water parks, four golf courses, one nine-hole walking golf course for young golfers (no electric carts allowed), two themed miniature golf courses, one camping resort, a downtown-like shopping district, and other entertainment venues. Magic Kingdom was the first and original theme park to open in the complex followed by Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which opened later throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

Designed to supplement Disneyland in Anaheim, California, which had opened in 1955, the complex was wwweloped by Walt Disney in the 1960s. “The Florida Project”, as he called it, was originally to be built in hopes of differential in design and scheme from Disneyland with its own diverse set of rides. Walt Disney’s original plans also called for the inclusion of an “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow”, a planned community that would serve as a test bed for new innovations for city living. After extensive lobbying, the Government of Florida created theReedy Creek Improvement District, a special government district that essentially gave The Walt Disney Company the standard powers and autonomy of an incorporated city. Disney died on December 15, 1966, before construction began. Without the creative mind of Disney spearheading the construction of Walt Disney World, the company instead created the resort very similar to Disneyland, just on a much larger scale, along with abandoning Walt’s concept of an experimental planned community.

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