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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.

Fall is in the Air at Walt Disney World Resort

Fall is one of the most wonderful times of the year to visit Walt Disney World Resort. From the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, there is something for everyone. The Disney Parks Moms Panelists could not agree more...
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‘Spelltacular’ Merchandise Coming to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2017 at Magic Kingdom Park

Halloween fun awaits when Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party returns to Magic Kingdom Parkfor select nights from August 25 to November 1, 2017. Guests attending this after-hours event can collect frightfully delightful sweets – all while the park hosts eerie...
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Fall Festivals, Parties, Concerts & More Return to the Walt Disney World Resort Aug. 25

Nothing beats a fall visit to Walt Disney World Resort. In just a few weeks, the season will return early, giving guests more time than ever to experience favorite festivals, parties and more. Here’s what’s on tap this fall at Walt Disney World Resort. Mickey’s...
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Elite U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division Honored at Walt Disney World Resort

Recently, Walt Disney World recognized the great service and sacrifice of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Unit with a special flag retreat ceremony and march down Main Street U.S.A at Magic Kingdom Park. Veterans representing those who served in uniform from WWII until...
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Epcot’s Germany Pavilion Shines

Today’s “After Dark” image was snapped of the Germany Pavilion right at park close by photographer Jackie Nell. This World Showcase pavilion at Epcot is one of my favorite (possibly due to the incredibly tasty caramel popcorn they make at Karamell-Küche). But from an...
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Epcot’s Heritage Inspires New Merchandise for 22nd International Food & Wine Festival

Expanding for a longer-than-ever 75-day run, the 22nd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival returns to Walt Disney World Resort from August 31 to November 13, 2017. The Disney Parks Merchandise team has developed more than 75 items celebrating the many ways...
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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge & Toy Story Land Models on Display Soon at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

With Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land currently under construction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the park is truly in the middle of an exciting transformation. Today, we wanted to share another park update that will very soon give you a thrilling, up-close...
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Disney Parks Announces Moms Panel Search

Are you the person your friends and colleagues always seek out for heartfelt advice on planning a Disney vacation? Have you put together more amazing Disney trips than you can count, and do you want to help others do the same? If so, then you may want to apply for a...
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Start Your Engines! Tour de Turtles Marathon Begins

This year’s annual Tour de Turtles event, held at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort July 29, brought cheers for Cruz Ramirez and Sally Carrera, two loggerhead turtles named after characters from “Cars 3.” The two racers nested on the beach, and conservation specialists...
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‘Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!’ Holiday Dessert Party is Back

The “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” Holiday Dessert Party is returning this year to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort! It’s one of the best ways to enjoy the Holiday Nighttime Spectacular fireworks show. In the courtyard of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre,...
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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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