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.

Disney Doodle: Hei Hei Takes On The Magic Kingdom Ferryboat

In the film “Moana,” Hei Hei accidentally accompanies Moana on her journey across the ocean by stowing away on her boat. Throughout the film, we see hilarious moments as Hei Hei explores this new form of transportation. In this week’s Disney Doodle, artist Ashley...
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Tips for Traveling to Walt Disney World Resort With Infants

Whether or not to travel with an infant to Walt Disney World Resort is a question many parents are asking themselves as they plan their summer vacation. They are asking friends, family and yes, they are asking members of the Disney Parks Moms Panel. As they are...
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Different Perspectives on Disney Parks

Watch this amazing split-screen look at a day in Magic Kingdom Park and Disneyland park, simultaneously! What does “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park look like from 1,800 feet in the air? Find out in this video! The miniature garden railroad at the...
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#DisneyKids: Butterfly Garden a Flurry of Flutter

In the last #DisneyKids post we shared some funny thoughts from kids after they viewed the Festival of the Lion King show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Today, we will take you to the Butterflies on the Go exhibit at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival....
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Inside the ‘Happily Ever After’ Score Recording Session

The new fireworks spectacular “Happily Ever After” is now less than a month away from debuting at Magic Kingdom Park and today we have a new behind-the-scenes look to share with you – a peek inside the recording session for the show’s score. “Music is truly at the...
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Most Impressive Looks at runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side!

This past weekend we were honored by the presence of runners at the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side. Runners showed up channeling their favorite dark side characters ready to conquer the course! From Darth Vader to Captain Phasma we loved seeing the creative...
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Peter Pan Goes ‘Soarin’ Around the World

Perhaps no Disney character loves flying and adventure more than Peter Pan. In today’s Disney Doodle, artist Ashley Taylor imagines what Peter would do first if he had the chance to visit Epcot. “I love riding Soarin’ Around the World,” she said. “It’s easy to picture...
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#DisneyFamilia: A Royal Transformation: Princess Elena

Princess Elena of Avalor, Disney’s first princess influenced by Latin cultures, has become an inspiration for all. She has also inspired magical transformations at our Bibbidi Bobbibi Boutiques! The Fairy Godmothers-in-Training are in charge of making wishes come true...
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Disneynature Presents Party for the Planet at Disney’s Animal Kingdom This Weekend

To celebrate the magic of nature and our commitment to conservation, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will host its first three-day Party for the Planet celebration – April 21-23. Here are some tips if you are planning to Party for the Planet this weekend: Pick up a Party for...
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Populating Pandora – The World of Avatar With Plants & Animals

When Walt Disney Imagineering and Lightstorm Entertainment set out to create Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, they aimed to create an entirely new world for guests to explore. And part of creating this new world involved designing an ecosystem...
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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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