Walt Disney World is huge! Before we went for the first time in 2011 we could not fathom the size of the place, and even having visited several times since, still can’t wrap our head around it. Trying to explain to my family, is impossible, because we have nothing on that scale here in the UK! That’s why I love facts and figures, they give little nuggets of information to try and provide a clue! I’ve taken all these facts and figures directly from the
horses Mouse’s mouth!
Disney Theme Parks Facts & Figures
Walt Disney World Resort is a contiguous, nearly 40-square-mile, world-class entertainment and recreation destination featuring four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom); two water parks (Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon); 36 resort hotels (26 owned and operated by Walt Disney World, includes nine Disney Vacation Club resort properties); 63 holes of golf on four courses; two full-service spas; Disney’s Wedding Pavilion; ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex; and Downtown Disney, an entertainment-shopping-dining complex. Walt Disney World Resort is also included in Disney Cruise Line vacation packages. Located at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., 20 miles southwest of Orlando, employing 70,000 Cast Members, Walt Disney World Resort opened Oct. 1, 1971. Open daily, year-round.
- Opened: October 1, 1971.
- Size: 142 acres
- Lands/Areas: 6 – Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland.
- Parades: 3 – Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party, Main Street Electrical Parade.
- Fireworks: 1 – Wishes -Jiminy Cricket narrates the biggest, boldest fireworks show ever presented at Magic Kingdom, a heart-tugging “story in the sky” about making a wish come true, presented most nights.
- Special Events: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Night of Joy.
- Cinderella Castle: 189 feet tall, and has 18 towers.
- Rides/Attractions: 41 – read my Magic Kingdom must-do rides + attractions
- Entertainment: 41
- Dining: 33 – read my Magic Kingdom dining + snack options
- Shops: 38
- Opened: April 22, 1998
- Size: more than 400 acres
- Lands/Areas: 4 – Africa, Asia, DinoLand U.S.A., Discovery Island
- Animals: About 1,500, (250 species) – most acquired from zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.
- Flora: More than 4 million (3,000 species) trees, plants, shrubs, vines, grasses, ferns, etc.
- Upcoming expansions: Pandora – The World of AVATAR
- Rides/Attractions: 28 – read my Animal Kingdom must-do rides + attractions
- Entertainment: 19
- Dining: 22 – read my Animal Kingdom dining + snack options
- Shops: 25
- Opened: May 1, 1989
- Size: 135 acres
- Lands/Areas: 7 – Hollywood Boulevard, Echo Lake, Streets of America, Pixar Place, Mickey Avenue, Animation Courtyard, Sunset Boulevard
- Special Events: Star Wars Weekends,The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights (ending in 2015)
- Fireworks: Fantasmic -Mickey Mouse’s dream comes to life in a brilliant display of lights, lasers, fireworks and water animation.
- Upcoming expansions: Star Wars Land, Toys Story Land
- Rides/Attractions: 10 – read my Hollywood Studios must-do rides + attractions
- Entertainment: 19
- Dining: 29 – read my Hollywood Studios dining + snack options
- Shops: 34
- Opened: October 1, 1982
- Size: 305 acres
- Lands/Areas: 2 – Future World and World Showcase
- World Showcase Countries: 11 – Mexico, China, The American Adventure, Germany, Italy, Japan, France, Canada, United Kingdom (1982), Morocco (1984), Norway (1986), plus an African themed Outpost. Situated along a 1.3-mile promenade encircling the 40-acre World Showcase Lagoon.
- Special events: Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, Sounds Like Summer, Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Holidays Around the World
- Entrances: 2 – the main entrance near the parking lots, and the International Gateway between UK and France pavilions in World Showcase
- Fireworks: IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
- Rides/Attractions: 34 – read my Epcot must-do rides + attractions
- Entertainment: 30 – read my Epcot World Showcase entertainment list
- Dining: 72 (number taken during Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!) – read my Epcot dining + snack options (coming soon)
- Shops: 53
- Opened: June 1, 1989
- Size: 61 acres
- Inspired by: The imagined legend of a typhoon, earthquake and volcanic eruption combining to create an inland sea with breaker waves (Typhoon Lagoon) and a towering watershed mountain (Mt. Mayday) atop which is a stranded shrimp boat (the Miss Tilly).
- Typhoon Lagoon: One of the world’s largest surfing lagoons (approximately 109,000 square feet, containing nearly three million gallons of water).
- Shark Reef: A unique 362,000-gallon salt-water coral reef diving environment in which guests can snorkel amidst the colorful fish, coral and plant life of the Caribbean.
- Castaway Creek: Guests hop onto inner tubes for a meandering water tour along a 2,100-foot circular channel that takes you through a misty rain forest, a hidden grotto and a sun-drenching, all with a spectacular view of Typhoon Lagoon and its many activities.
- Humunga Kowabunga: These slides zip guests along 214-foot routes at up to 30 miles per hour.
- Opened: April 1, 1995
- Size: 66 acres
- Inspired by: The mythology of a snow ski resort that didn’t exactly find a suitable climate in Florida!
- Mt. Gushmore: The snow-capped, 90-foot-high peak that is the park’s visual centerpiece, on top of which sits the platform “launch pad” for the park’s most-talked-about attraction, Summit Plummet.
- Summit Plummet: Thirty feet above the peak of Mt. Gushmore is the platform for a thrill ride that sends the daring on a high-speed adventure down a 350-foot slide. At 120 feet high and up to 55 mph, it is one of the world’s fastest free-fall water slides.
- Teamboat Springs: The world’s longest family white-water raft ride takes six-passenger rafts down a twisting, 1,200-foot series of rushing water falls.
- Downhill Double Dipper: Side-by-side racing water slides that begin 50 feet high on the slopes of Mt. Gushmore and plunge riders along a hilly 200-foot-long course at up to 25 miles per hour.
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