Walt Disney World Resort
When most people think about things to do in Florida, they naturally think of Disney World. Walt Disney World Resort is a contiguous 40-square-mile, world-class entertainment and recreation center featuring four theme parks; two water adventure parks; 32 resort hotels; 81 holes of golf on five courses; two full-service spas; Disney's Wedding Pavilion; Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex; and Downtown Disney, an entertainment-shopping-dining complex encompassing the Marketplace, Pleasure Island and West Side.
Walt's dream was realized when Magic Kingdom, the first of four theme parks at the sprawling Florida site, opened Oct. 1, 1971. The Magic Kingdom sits on 142 acres with the towering Cinderella Castle at its center. Similar to Disneyland in California, the park is divided into seven themed lands -- Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, Mickey's Toontown Fair, and Tomorrowland. Popular attractions include Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain.
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Disney's Animal Kingdom
Disney's Animal Kingdom was carefully planned to evoke a sense of adventure travel to the edge of civilization and into a vast wilderness. Twisted tracks greet Walt Disney World guests aboard a new runaway train adventure, Expedition Everest and Guests can come face to face with gorillas in the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail. Disney's Animal Kingdom is home to the largest groups of Nile hippos and African elephants in North America. More than 150 species that have reproduced since the park opened.
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Walt Disney envisioned a showcase for innovation. A place where people could experience the cutting edge of technology. A place celebrating human achievement. The embryo of an idea grew to become Epcot, the Disney discovery park. Epcot has 305 acres of attractions divided into two distinct areas; Future World, a showcase of new ideas and technology; and World Showcase, villages celebrating 11 nations situated along a 1.3-mile promenade that encircles the 40-acre World Showcase Lagoon.
Disney's Hollywood Studios immerses guests in the glamour of show business 365 days a year with thrilling attractions, incredible Broadway-style shows, world-class entertainment and interactive film, television and radio production facilities. Featured attractions include Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show, The Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith and Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage. Among the hundreds of actors, comedians and entertainers who've appeared at the studios are: Dustin Hoffman, Bette Midler, Ann-Margret, Sylvester Stallone, Tom Hanks, Billy Joel, Kevin Bacon, Michael J. Fox, Samuel L. Jackson, Drew Carey, Oprah, Christina Aguilera, Tori Amos and Britney Spears.
Downtown Disney and Pleasure Island
The Downtown Disney area is an exciting metropolis of restaurants, nightclubs, theaters and merchandise shops incorporating the Marketplace, Pleasure Island and the 66-acre West Side. The West Side, largest of the three Downtown Disney areas, includes 344,000 square feet of buildings and a 9,500-square-foot area for events and entertainment. Pleasure Island has over 72,000 square feet of themed nightclubs and shopping. The Marketplace features exciting restaurants and extraordinary shopping experiences in a strolling street environment with more than 20 venues.
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Disney Water Parks
At Walt Disney World Resort, guests can choose between a mountain ski retreat and a tropical getaway to take the proverbial plunge into water fun at two of the most popular water parks in North America. Disney's Blizzard Beach offers all the spine-chilling thrills of a northern ski resort, whether it's bobsledding down the "snowy" slopes of Mt. Gushmore or plunging straight down Summit Plummet at up to 55 mph. Disney's Typhoon Lagoon features breaking waves, saltwater snorkeling pool and gushing water surges.
Weddings and Honeymoons
Disney's wedding specialists become the fairy godmother, incorporating all the elements including ceremony, entertainment, cuisine, floral arrangements, audiovisuals and accommodations. Honeymooners thrive in the romantic allure of Walt Disney World Resort - a top-rated honeymoon destination, according to industry experts.
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Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex
A 220-acre complex designed to accommodate professional-caliber training and competition, festival and tournament events and vacation-fitness activities in more than 30 individual and team sports. The complex includes a 7,500-seat baseball stadium and 5,500-seat fieldhouse. Annual events include Atlanta Braves spring training and Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp.
Disney World General Information
Walt Disney World Guest Information, P.O. Box 10040, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-0040. Phone: 407/824-4321 or visit our home page at www.disneyworld.com.