Learning about Walt Disney World starts with one man and one dream, and goes beyond a simple introduction to Walt Disney World Resort. Walt Disney himself once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” What once began as his dream to expand his vision into a more private haven where families could leave their worries behind has now become more than 31,000 acres and 47 square miles of family fun right in the heart of Central Florida. And, in the process of fulfilling Walt’s dream, this place known as the Walt Disney World® Resort has not only become synonymous for family fun – it has also become one of the leading tourist destinations in the world, with millions of visitors making the trek each year to enjoy everything this vacation destination has to offer.
Walt Disney World’s history started decades ago when Walt Disney decided to expand his enterprises in the Sunshine State. After ruling out the cities of Tampa and Miami due to hurricane threats, he flew over a large area of undeveloped land in the middle of Central Florida near the intersection of two major highways and proceeded to purchase the land under different aliases to keep competitors from purchasing the adjoining land. Once he announced his plans in the late 1960’s, he began building the first venture at the Walt Disney World ® Resort, the Magic Kingdom ® Park. Sadly, Walt Disney died years before the opening day in 1971. The Magic Kingdom ® Park was followed by Walt’s second vision for the resort, Epcot ® Center, a futuristic park that stands for the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow that was originally Walt’s idea for a planned community, similar to what the nearby city of Celebration is today. While his exact vision wasn’t carried out in building Epcot ®, his influences are still all around the park, just as they are with Disney’s other two theme parks, Disney’s Hollywood Studios™ and Disney’s Animal Kingdom ® Theme Park, both of which touch on his love of show business and animals, respectively. These are the theme parks of Walt Disney World. Whether you’re looking for first-timer tips, planning to prose or just looking for the best attractions for your family, OrlandoFunTickets.com has to scoop on all Walt Disney World theme parks!
But the Walt Disney World ® Resort is not just about the four theme parks. There is much more to see and do here, including two water parks, Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. While both of these consistently rank among the Top 10 water parks in the nation, both are distinctly unique in theme and with their attractions. Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park is themed after a “snowstorm” that hit Central Florida, and the resulting melting of the snow has made for some of the world’s most exhilarating water rides, including one of the world’s tallest body slide at Summit Plummet. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, however, is set in a tropical oasis that has recently been hit by a raging typhoon and is home to one of the world’s largest wave pools – one that has waves so big, even surfers can enjoy it!
In addition to the four theme parks and two water parks, Disney also has a ton of other recreation and attractions on the resort’s premises. The Disney Springs Area is a shopping, dining and entertainment complex that is home to the Disney Springs ® Marketplace, DisneyQuest ® Indoor Interactive Theme Park and Cirque du Soleil’s resident show La Nouba. Guests at the resort can find anything and everything that they are looking for right here, from unique dining options to merchandise and even more entertainment options for the whole family. Disney Springs isn’t the only complex besides the theme parks to be located on Disney property, however – Disney’s Wide World of Sports ® Complex is also a big draw at Disney, hosting hundreds of professional and amateur athletic events each year, from Atlanta Braves spring training to national AAU events each summer. And, if that isn’t enough to keep you occupied, Disney also has championship golf courses, spas, and many more recreation activities to keep your family entertained while you are not in the theme parks.
To fully enjoy everything that the Walt Disney World ® Resort has to offer, Disney also has a wide assortment of hotels right on property that can fit into any budget and any family vacation. Guests can choose to stay at one of the Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts, part of the Disney Vacation Club, which feature spacious accommodations, amenities like living rooms and kitchens/kitchenettes and furnishings that make your hotel feel more of a home away from home. The Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts are comprised of Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas, Disney’s Beach Club Villas, Disney’s BoardWalk Villas and the Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Disney also has additional deluxe accommodations at eight resorts on property, each of which offer top accommodations, fine dining opportunities and premium recreational activities to complete your vacation experience. Disney’s deluxe resorts include Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. Don’t forget to check out character dining experiences at Walt Disney World Resorts.
If you want to save your money for the parks and not into your hotel accommodations, Disney also has moderate and value resorts to help families save money while also providing the same Disney touches, customer service and benefits that staying at a Walt Disney World® Resort hotel offers. The moderate resorts at Disney are Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, while the value resorts are Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s All-Star Movies, Sports and Music Resorts and Disney’s Pop Century Resort. The great thing about staying right on Disney property is that everyone has the same great guest benefits, which include free transportation to and from the Orlando International Airport and to the theme parks and attractions inside The Walt Disney World Resort, free merchandise package delivery, Extra Magic Hours in the theme parks and much more!
Discover everything you ever wanted to know about Disney parks, from how to use the Child Swap and FastPass features to what to do if a child gets lost on OrlandoFunTickets.com. We know the best interactive shows and the most thrilling night-time shows at Walt Disney Resort and we are happy to share that information with everyone. Are you planning a trip for the holidays at Disney World or just are you just going for some summer fun? Either way, plan early and get more out of your Orlando vacation.
And Getting to the Walt Disney World couldn’t be easier. Disney World Transportation is the best! With Disney’s Magical Express transportation picking up guests that stay on the Disney property free of charge at the Orlando International Airport, the hassle of renting cars and taking shuttles has virtually been eliminated.
Now that you know a little about the individual parks and resorts, check out the rest of Walt Disney World and beyond the Disney Parks. Also find out what you need to do if you bring your pet to Walt Disney World. Just like the Disney Corporation is more than just Mickey Mouse, the Walt Disney World Resort is more than just its theme parks. Among the other entertainment options include Pleasure Island and Downtown Disney, WDW’s shopping, dining and entertainment district, the two water parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, Disney’s Wide World of Sports – and believe it or not, there is even more. The Disney Tips, information on taking the Grandkids to Disney, the best childrens activities at Disney, and the best places to watch fireworks sections are a must read and will ensure that you don’t miss any of the highlights during your vacation, and just for fun you can learn about hidden Mickeys around the Walt Disney World Resort!
Whether you plan on visiting the Walt Disney World ® Resort for a day or a week, one important thing to remember is that it is impossible to experience everything here. But, one way to see as much of it as possible – without breaking the bank – is to purchase your discounted tickets right here through Orlando’s largest ticket store, OrlandoFunTickets.com.