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.

Tips for Military Families from the Disney Parks Moms Panel

Military moms and dads on the Disney Parks Moms Panel know first-hand how precious that limited time can be, making them the perfect resource for fellow military families looking to plan a magical and memorable visit to Disney Parks and Resorts. With a few tips and...

TIME Magazine Recognizes Pandora – The World of Avatar as Best of the Best

Anyone who has ever journeyed to Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdomknows how unique and awesome it is. Where else can you soar on the back of a banshee, sail through a bioluminescent rainforest or walk under mystical floating mountains? It’s no...

Welcome Giraffe Calf to Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The next time you’re on safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, be on the lookout for Aella (pronounced “eye-la”), a two-month-old Masai giraffe calf who just made her debut on the Kilimanjaro Safaris savanna. Guests and Cast should be able to easily spot her as she is the...

Cast Members Approve Disney Offer to Raise Starting Pay to One of the Highest Entry-Level Wages in the U.S. Service Industry

With unanimous support from union leaders, Cast Members at Walt Disney World Resort today overwhelmingly ratified a five-year contract that sets them on the path to $15 an hour starting wage by 2021, representing one of the highest entry-level wages within the service...

Thirty-five local students and children of Cast Members among 2018 Disney Scholars

From aspiring biochemical engineers and mathematicians to music education teachers and nurses, the local high school seniors selected as 2018 Disney Scholars promise to shape the future of tomorrow through their exceptional character, compassion, and commitment. This...

Walt Disney World Resort Cast Members help make Central Florida teachers’ school supply wish lists a reality

It’s a “whole new year” for Central Florida students­—and with a little help from Disney Cast Members, their school year will be shining, shimmering and splendid! Over the past month, Walt Disney World Resort collected more than $200,000 worth of school supplies to...

No Cost Education Program Launches for Hourly Cast Members

Disney Aspire, a new education program designed to make it easier for hourly cast members to pursue higher education or vocational training, opened enrollment yesterday. One of the most comprehensive education programs of its kind, the $50 million initiative, with up...

Seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels in Florida Offering Special “Magic of Fall” Rates from August 20-October 31

There is still time to make plans to experience the special events at the Walt Disney World Resort in Central Florida this summer and fall, such as the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Eat to the Beat Concert Series at Epcot, and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary...

Disney Springs’ Terralina Crafted Italian announces opening date

An escape to Italy's Lake District awaits at Disney Springs. On June 28, James Beard Award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano will debut his newest dining concept, Terralina Crafted Italian. Set along the shores of Lake Buena Vista, Terralina Crafted Italian was inspired by...

‘The Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live!’ at Epcot

Star-Lord and Gamora from “Guardians of the Galaxy” take guests on a musical journey through the cosmos in “Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live!” at the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot. Guests can catch “Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live!” five times...

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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