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.

An Inside Look Into the Rebuilding of Disney Golf’s Not-So-Hidden Mickey

For anyone who has played Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course, the highlight is usually the par 3 No. 6 hole because of the one-of-a-kind Mickey-shaped sand bunker. Well, that iconic bunker was recently enhanced in an effort to preserve its unique shape for years to come....

Disney Springs Welcomes Four New Retailers Just in Time for Holiday Shopping

With so many retailers (there are over 100!) at Disney Springs, I was pretty certain that we had all the major shopping categories covered. Turns out we were missing honey, hammocks and hand-made candles. No more! Three of the most recent additions to property are now...

Relish Scrumptious New Disney PhotoPass Magic Shots at Magic Kingdom Park

Are you looking for a way to satisfy your craving for imaginative photos at Magic Kingdom Park? Feast your eyes on Disney PhotoPass Service’s newest, most indulgent Magic Shots! These two sweet photo opportunities are sure to add an extra pinch of humor and fun to...

Kurt Russell, Olympian Laurie Hernandez Added; Ana Gasteyer, Jodi Benson Return To List of Candlelight Narrators

And the hits just keep on coming. If you thought our last announcement of Matt Bomer and Warwick Davis was exciting; this one will BLOW your mind. Rounding out this year’s celebrity narrators for the 2017 Candlelight Processional, part of the Epcot International...

Disney Chefs Compete for Orlando’s Signature Dish

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs challenged Orlando chefs to create a signature dish that defines Orlando and expands people’s awareness of who we are as a destination. The criteria? The dish, a dessert, must incorporate one key ingredient – local honey. (Fun fact:...

The Cast of ‘Club Mickey Mouse’ Experiences Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

The cast of “Club Mickey Mouse” recently visited the Walt Disney World Resort and at this time of year, attending a Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party was a must-do on their wish list. In case you haven’t seen the show yet, “Club Mickey Mouse” follows the journey...

Haunt Your Holidays with New Products from ‘Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas’ at Disney Parks

The Halloween season has returned to Disney Parks with “spook-tacular” special events like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park, or thrilling attractions such as Haunted Mansion Holiday in Disneyland park. After seeing the time-lapse...

Tickets Available Now for Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire Hyper-Reality Experience by ILMxLAB and The VOID

We have exciting news today for Star Wars fans! Tickets are now available for a new hyper-reality experience, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire by ILMxLAB and The VOID, an offering that will debut at Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort December 16, and...

Halloween Is Here at Disney Springs

We’re two weeks into fall and I’m already ready for one of my favorite holidays: Halloween! While it’s true that I’ve always enjoyed any excuse to wear a costume, this year I’m especially looking forward to my son’s first Halloween – he’ll be a pirate, in case you’re...

Take Home Some Culinary Tips with Special Seminars at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

With the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival in full swing, food and wine lovers from around the world are coming to enjoy all of the delicious food and beverage items offered around this year’s Global Marketplaces. Did you know that in addition to these...

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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