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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

Authentic Crêperie Part of Upcoming France Pavilion Enrichments at Epcot

From its distant view of the Eiffel Tower to a waterfront reminiscent of the banks of the Seine, the France Pavilion at Epcot has long possessed a certain je ne sais quoi, inviting guests to linger in a setting inspired by the sidewalks of Paris. And...

Chiquita Celebrates Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend As Official Banana Sponsor

Chiquita Brands International, is proud to announce its continued support for the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend. As the official banana sponsor of the race weekend, Chiquita will donate more than 100,000 bananas to runners and spectators at the 2019 Walt...

Commemorate Your Accomplishments with 2019 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Merchandise

It’s almost time for our biggest and most magical race weekend of the season, the 2019 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna! Featuring five exciting events and three challenges to truly test your endurance, celebrate your weekend...

Tickets on Sale Now for Disney After Hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Are you ready to experience the best Disney’s Animal Kingdom has to offer after the sun goes down – including heart-tugging Tree of Life Awakenings, the adventures within Pandora – The World of Avatar and more? Now you can, thanks to Disney After...

Kevin from Disney•Pixar’s ‘Up!’ is Headed to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Caw! Caw! Roar! Greetings, fellow Wilderness Explorers. I’m writing with news from a recent expedition to South America. We’ve been tracking the large and exotic bird known as “Kevin” – you might remember her from the Disney•Pixar film “Up!” – and she appears to...

Attention Florida Residents: Discover Disney Tickets are Back!

There’s no better way to kick off 2019 than with a Walt Disney World Resort visit – especially if you’re a Florida Resident! Florida Residents can now purchase a 3-Day Discover Disney Ticket for only $175 plus tax for a limited time, valid for admission...

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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